Edging is the most notable skill in ski racing. For the ski to hold in the snow to go around a gate, it needs to have some sort of edge angle. Too little and the skier cannot maintain his or her line. Too much and the ski creates excess friction with the snow slowing him or her down. It is how the ski racer achieves that edge angle, specifically the timing, rate, and amount of edge angle, that is important.

You can see the skill of edging as you butter a piece of bread. Too much edge on the knife and you rip the bread. Too little edge, and the butter will not spread. There is that slight edge angle difference between too much and too little that defines a well buttered piece of bread.

Edging actions can be achieved by whole body inclination or by angulation. However, it is the fine-tuning movements in the ankle that, while impossible to see, may distinguish between the optimal edge angle and a less efficient edge angle. These are best learned through drills such as the SkillsQuest edging drills found via the tabs above.


Ted Ligety

U.S. Ski Team racer Ted Ligety works on his edging skills all over the mountain.

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