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.
Most skiers aim to look effortless as they swoosh down the slopes. Learn how to link your turns to ski a smooth, S-shaped path.
[00:00:11] When I asked people what they see when they see a good skier, they often say ‘flow’ and ‘It looks effortless’. Now, a lot of this comes from an ability to keep on moving. Stop thinking about your turns as being individual events and try and link your movements. A good skier is always doing something.
Link your turns when skiing
[00:00:43] In this clip, you can clearly see my movements are very sharp and fast, followed by a dead spot where turns aren’t linked at all.
[00:00:59] The speed of your turns or the speed of your skiing is irrelevant. Make sure you link your movements. The end of one turn becomes the beginning of the next.
[00:01:26] Stop thinking about the turn as an individual thing. And it doesn’t matter whether this is your first day on skis or you’ve skied for years – link up your turns, keep the flow and remember that a good skier is always doing something.