A great carve is the Holy Grail of the sport. Here's how to nail it.

Locking into a nasty arc is one of the greatest joys life has to offer. The feeling is somewhere between flying a fighter jet and peeling the plastic off of your new phone. Luckily, current ski technology has made carving turns more obtainable than ever before, and yet sadly, most skiers have trouble experiencing the feeling of a true carve. No matter how athletic or talented you are, you can’t just go out there and arc a turn. It takes thought, time, and a little effort dedicated to figuring it out.

Start slow on the bunny hill and cat tracks, and work gradually to add more tilt and speed. Embark on this journey with a friend and take turns videoing one another to help dissect your technique. Sounds hard? It is, but you shouldn’t feel discouraged. Knowing how to carve a turn will take your skiing to the next level. You will be more balanced on your skis, be more comfortable at speed, and be able to ski variable terrain with more consistency. In other words, you’ll have fun in any conditions, and look good doing it. Your hard work will pay off , and when you trench that first turn you will know it.

But don’t take my word for it, take Sheryl Crow’s: After all, the first carve is the deepest. Just maybe that’s what she would have sung if she were a skier. Hey Sheryl, there’s still time.

Marcus Caston is an Inspirational Ski Consultant, based in Salt Lake City. After 10 years of coaching freeride and race camps, Caston has developed a coaching philosophy based on building a solid foundation of fundamentals, yet leaving room for personal expression. Check out partybeachskicamps.com for more info.

All photos shot on location at Valle Nevado, Chile. Less than 40 miles from downtown Santiago, Valle Nevado offers a number of great ski-and-stay packages, heli skiing, and Mountain Collective passholder benefits.

Looking for more clinics from Marcus? Check out his Steep Skiing clinic here, and his Crud Clinic here. You can also watch him lay down some carves in action in this Return of the Turn episode.


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