TERRANCE GAVAN – SKIER BLOGGER AND MENTOR
I tell all my students, especially the beginners, that good skiing is counterintuitive.
When I lean on skis, or tilt my body, I will either fall… or push my skis away from the direction I am trying to get my skis to go.
Let’s not think about that for now. Just accept it as true.
Counterintuitive is an interesting word. The problem with counterintuitive involves what your brain is telling you. In other words. If I am a novice, my brain is telling me that if I lean left… I will go left. Unfortunately, skiing is not intuitive. When I lean left… I am pushing my skis to the right. But my brain is convinced that I am going left.
Your brain is powerful. So when you’re learning to ski, without proper instruction, it’s going to tell you to … keep leaning baby. And if you listen to your brain. You’re going to have a long day on your bum.
The video here is an advanced video. It does not say so but it is addressing the counterintuitive nature of carving your skis.
The best way to learn how to carve properly lies in learning where and how to manage the flattening of the skis. Flat skis have no edge. In this video Darren Turner presents the case for better carving through learning how to flatten the skis.
I teach this technique to all of my students who want to become proficient on their edges.