Welcome to Ski Hacks – a series of bite-sized videos with expert advice from pro ski instructor Darren Turner. Whether you’re a first timer or a seasoned pro, they’re designed to give you tips and tricks to help you make the most out of your time on the mountain.

Learn how to control your speed on the mountain, so you can stay safe and ski with confidence.


[00:00:11] If you’re struggling with controlling your speed, chances are it’s a lot to do with the shape of your turn. Ideally, what you want is a nice, smooth S-shaped turn rather than a zig-zag. 

Slow down your turns

[00:00:24] Now, I’m going to say this sentence – slow down to turn, don’t turn to slow down. So what that means is, before I actually point my skis down the hill, which is gonna make me go faster, I’ve slowed down. I’m prepared for the inevitable speeding up as I point my skis downhill. So many skiers rush the turn – try and get the skis from there to there as quick as possible, and then put a straight line in. While they’re going across in a straight line, they’re actually getting faster. And then, as they start the new turn, more acceleration and then a very sharp break. Try and replace that with a gentle slowing down so the brake comes at the end of the turn, setting you up for the new one. Slow down to turn, don’t turn to slow down. 

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