At some point during skiing lessons, it will be time to learn how to carve. Carving is a term that is used in reference to a turning technique that has the ski shifting to one side or another on its edges. In contrast to a regular parallel turn, the ski turns itself during the ski carving technique and is propelled by the sidecut geometry, losing no speed in the process.

There are radical, super-sidecuts skis on which you can make remarkably short radius, practically skid-free turns that will make you feel like you are flying; it is fun and quite easy. There are basically two things that skiers need to be successful on the slopes: the right technique and the right skis.

When choosing skis for carving, it should be noted that you will be able to carve a tighter arc if the sidecut radius is shorter. The greatest carving versatility is provided by skis that have sidecut radius that can execute turns between 7 and 14 meters.

When it comes to technique, the first thing you will be required to do is to stand with your feet apart, hip width or wider, without the skis on, and attempt to push the right hand sideways. The hips are the center of mass and you will start to feel them moving in the same direction. Switch to the left side, repeat the technique and you will get the same feeling.

It is important to note that a ski simulator can be used to perfect the ski carving technique, making the process of transitioning to snow that much easier.