Two-time Olympic gold medalist and five-time World Alpine Ski Champion Ted Ligety has agreed a partnership with Carv, the world’s first training system that measures skiing in real-time via sensors in your ski boot that work wherever you’re skiing.
Together, they have developed a new programme called “Train with an Olympian,” which is designed to help skiers of every level transform their technique, with personalised coaching from Ligety along the way. The digital coaching programme will share secrets of the perfect ski turn from Ligety.
“It’s my mission to make skiing more accessible and fun,” said Ted Ligety. “I’ve spent my whole career pushing the limits of what’s possible on skis, and with this partnership I have put that experience into a programme that most skiers can follow. Our goal was to develop a real-time coaching experience that helps a wide range of skiers make the kind of turns they could only dream of.”
Skiers can subscribe to Carv from £149 per year plus the £199 one-off device cost. This includes unlimited access to Ligety’s training, Carv’s real-time audio coaching, video coaching and library of off-snow content.
The “Train with an Olympian” programme includes increasingly challenging levels to develop technique, real-time audio coaching, drills and concepts, built by Ligety, giving advice every step of the way. Users can also compare their turns to data captured from Ligety’s own skiing to see how close they can get to the famous Olympian’s turn.
The Carv device consists of ultra-thin inserts (concealing 72 pressure and motion sensors) which fit into any ski boot and a coaching membership that is delivered via the Carv app.
13 different metrics are measured on every turn, including Balance, Edge Angle, Turn Shape and Outside Ski Pressure. Carv gives skiers real-time audio feedback during each turn, personalised skiing tips on each chairlift and detailed analysis every time they stop.
“I’ve been amazed by the accuracy of the Carv system, but also how the Carv technology helps skiers around the world through digital coaching,” continued Ligety. “What is particularly exciting is that we have been using Carv’s database of 200 million turns to look at how skiers will respond to the training, using specific metrics to measure and teach the perfect turn.”