Point Your Knee

Private Lessons

With the popularity of terrain parks, you see a lot of skiers with amazing air sense who never actually learned how to turn. Most can wiggle their way down mellow bumps, but as soon as the pitch gets steep or the bumps become funny-shaped, they’re on their butts.

I never learned how to carve until I got on the U.S. Ski Team and my coach, Liz McIntyre, forced me to do it before she would let me ski any more moguls. She taught me that the key to carving was to point my downhill knee toward the tip of the uphill ski.

Click on the slideshow below to view the drill.

Shannon Bahrke is the 2003 World Cup Mogul Champion and the 2002 Olympic silver medalist.