How To Carve on Skis | Perfecting Your Turn Shape & Avoid This Mistake

What you will Learn in this Tutorial

This video provides tips on how to carve on skis and perfect your turn shape. Jens explains the importance of turn shape and how it is affected by factors such as radius and arc length. The video also highlights the common mistake of straight line inclining and the limitations of relying solely on angulation. Jens demonstrates drills to improve your skiing technique and achieve better turn shape. The video concludes with suggestions for further practice and analysis of your turn shape.


  • Learning the perfect turn shape involves more than just the radius on your skis.
  • Turn shape is influenced by both your ski and edge angle.
  • Long turning radius allows for higher edge angles and pressure.
  • Arc length determines the speed of the turn.
  • Short arc length leads to faster turns, while long arc length slows down the turn.
  • The arc length sweet spot allows for high edge angles and the sensation of g-forces.
  • The straight line inclining technique lacks proper turn shape and is not desirable.
  • A drill involving pole dragging helps improve turn shape and angulation.
  • Toppling or inclining into the turn is important for achieving high edge angles.
  • A combination of toppling and angulation creates a short turning radius.
  • Video analysis can help identify the perfect turn shape for your abilities.
  • Funnel drills help explore different turn shapes.
  • Gradually decreasing and increasing edge angles in the drill feels great and improves technique.
  • Incline and angulate while performing the funnel drills.
  • Having a cameraman at the bottom of the run helps assess turn shape.
  • Practice on a large slope with ample space for larger, medium, and smaller turns.
  • Flowing performance and gradually increasing and decreasing edge angles are key to good turn shape technique.