Ski Smarter, Not Harder: The Great Debate of Digital vs In-Person Ski Coaching

Ethan Gould, the author’s brother, skiing in Park City, Utah, Feb. 9, 2023. Photograph Credit: Mike Gould.

     The following podcast explores the effectiveness of digital ski coaching for different levels of skiers, the cost and popularity of digital versus traditional coaching methods, and offers insights into the future of ski coaching and lessons. Skiing has been a popular recreational activity for centuries, and the evolution of ski lessons and coaching has been shaped by changing teaching methods, instructor qualifications, cost, and popularity. The emergence of digital ski coaching has recently challenged the traditional approach to ski lessons and coaching. Wearable technology developed by companies like Carv provides skiers with feedback and coaching tips through a mobile app, making ski instruction more convenient and accessible. However, the effectiveness of digital ski coaching compared to traditional in-person coaching remains unclear. This podcast examines the history of ski coaching from 1907 to 2023, focusing on the differences between modern-day in-person ski lessons and digital ski coaching through the company Carv.

Image of Nathan Taugwalder courtesy of Swiss Snowsports on Feb. 11, 2023. Photograph Credit: Michi Portmann


Thank you to my family for inspiring this project idea and introducing me to skiing. I would also like to thank Anna Muff at Swiss Snowsports for granting permission to utilize Michi Portmann’s photograph.


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One Reply to “Ski Smarter, Not Harder: The Great Debate of Digital vs In-Person Ski Coaching”

  1. This is so helpful!! So glad I can be informed about my ski lesson options in such an insightful way! Thanks!

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