Once you have mastered the beginner-level techniques you can continue to work on your skiing ability to improve your confidence on the slopes, while also learning to manoeuvre your skis with increased precision and control. Use our intermediate ski tips to help you to improve your ski techniques as you work to improve your turns and practice carving. Once you have practiced and mastered the necessary intermediate level techniques you will be ready to leave the safety of the blue slopes to take on the steeper, more challenging red runs.
Intermediate level skiing can pose a challenge to many budding enthusiasts who are eager to progress in the sport, however it is important not to become disheartened, even if you feel your progression has hit a brick wall. The most crucial factor of improving your skiing technique is to practice as often as possible. Having an improver lesson with a qualified instructor will help you to advance at a faster rate. This will also be helpful if you have a limited amount of time to improve, for example if you only get to ski on a yearly vacation at a ski resort. If this is the case,aim to have a lesson with as few fellow students as possible to get the most effective use of your instructor. A one on one lesson will allow the instructor to focus solely on you, which will also enable them to quickly discover where you are going wrong. They will then be able to advise you on how to correct your technique and make improvements.
Work on linking your turns as you would at beginner level by skiing across the slope before turning to ski back across the slope in the opposite direction. As you progress, aim to make the turns more immediate, leaving less time skiing straight across the slope between turns.
Pay attention to your body positioning as you turn. The direction your shoulders are facing will determine the direction that your skis are about to take.Avoid pushing your skis too far out as you lean, as this can cause you to lose control. Instead aim to keep the skis beneath you as you concentrate on keeping your weight balanced over your outer ski. This will enable you to achieve the relevant pressure build up along the carving edge of your skis. The carving edge is the side of your ski that faces outward during the turn.
Once you have successfully mastered the "c" shape turn, and are able to turn continuously from left to right, right to left on the edges of your skis, you can then concentrate on building your speed. Although this can be scary, it will actually make turning easier, enabling you to carve by leaning further into each turn. Once you have mastered carving you can congratulate yourself as you are now ready to move away from the green and blue slopes to tackle more challenging terrain.