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Ski level descriptions

Ski level descriptions

Level 1 - sliding

  • Activities on the flat
    • Walking forwards and backwards, sliding, sidestepping and changing direction
  • Side stepping
    • Up and down
    • Both sides of the slope
  • Get up from a fall
    • With or without skis on
  • Turn to face fall line unassisted
    • Showing ability to star turn in both directions
  • Straight run
    • No higher than Green Station
    • Showing consistent good posture and remaining in balance
    • Showing consistent use of flexing ankles, knees and hips

Level 2 - ploughing and introduction to plough turning

  • Plough glide controlling speed and line
    • From the middle station of the slope
    • Showing active turning of both feet/skis, and stretching both legs
  • Varying plough size
    • Through foot and leg rotation of both feet/legs
    • Showing consistent good posture and remaining in balance
    • The ability to stop if required
  • Use of ski tow
    • To halfway point of the slope
    • Showing consistent and safe use of the tow at all times
  • Get up from a fall
    • Without assistance on the slope - including putting skis on on the slope
  • Snowplough turns - from middle station
    • Showing consistent rotation of both feet and legs to steer the skis
    • Turning with or without markers up to 3 mats wide
    • Controlling speed and line through turn shape
    • The ability to stop if required
  • Must also still be able to show the skills learned from Level 1

Level 3 - plough turning

  • Linked snowplough turns
    • From the top of the slope
    • Showing consistent flexion and extension for pressure control
    • Accurate control of speed through turn shape - c-shaped turns
    • Showing consistent good posture and balance throughout the turn
  • Use of ski tow
    • To the top of the slope
    • Showing consistent and safe use of the tow at all times
  • Varied size snowplough turns
    • Steering the skis along the arc
    • Over 4 mats, 3 mats and 2 mats
  • Target turning
    • Around markers showing various turn sizes
  • Change direction
    • On the slope turn round on the spot to face the other way
  • Must also still be able to show the skills learned from previous levels

Level 3+ - wedge turning

  • Linked wedge turns
    • From the top of the slope
    • Varied size turns, including turns over 3 mats from the top of the slope
    • Linked wedge turns over 2 mats from the middle station
    • Showing consistent active pressure of skis at turn initiation
    • Maintaining the wedge shape throughout the turn
    • Consistent and effective use of flexion and extension of ankles, knees and hips, and turn shape for speed control
    • Steering the skis without a traverse phase
  • Control of speed and line
    • From the top of the slope
    • Linked wedge turns at jogging pace
    • Show the skis being steered throughout the arc
  • Turning
    • Wedge turns round markers - showing various turn sizes
  • Must also still be able to show the skills learned from previous levels

Level 4 - plough parallel

  • Linked carved turns over a 1 mat corridor (minimum)
    • From 1/3 of way up the slope - short red line
    • Skis parallel with a low edge angle
    • Showing consistent simultaneous rolling of both feet/skis/ankles/knees
  • Linked plough parallel turns
    • From the top of the slope using a minimum of 5 mats wide to full width of the slope
    • Showing inside leg rotation to match skis parallel
    • Showing consistent flexion and extension for pressure control throughout the turn
    • Accurate control of speed through turn shape - c-shaped turns
    • Showing consistent inside foot and leg rotation to match skis parallel through the turn
  • Must also still be able to show the skills learned from previous levels - including the ability to straight run accurately

Level 5 - basic parallel

  • Linked basic parallel turns
    • Open stance
    • Turn both feet simultaneously
    • Maintaining consistent good posture and balance throughout
    • Showing consistent and accurate flexion and extension for pressure control
    • Using arc length and turn shape for speed control
  • Varied size basic parallel turns
    • Steer skis along the arc - c-shaped turns
    • Including a minimum of turns over 5 mats with and without markers
  • Linked carved turns
    • Over 2 mats minimum from the middle of the slope showing simultaneous edge change (edge, flat, edge)
  • Target turning
    • Round mini-gates or markers
    • Various sizes of turns - 5, 6 and 7 mats
  • Must also still be able to show the skills learned from previous levels

Level 6 - parallel

  • Linked parallel turns
    • Pole touching to aid simultaneous edge change
    • Maintaining strong posture and balance throughout
    • Showing consistent flexion and extension for pressure control and accurate movements in ankles, knees and hips
    • Maintaining speed control through turn shape and arc length - c-shaped turns
  • Varied size parallel turns
    • With pole touch and steering the skis along the arc - 5, 4 and 3 mats
    • Showing good adaptation of timing of movements depending on turn size
  • Linked carved turns from three quarters way up the slope
    • In a minimum of a 2 mat wide corridor
    • Show an awareness of wider radii carving turns
  • Target turning
    • Round mini-gates or markers
    • Various sizes of turns
  • Linked parallel short radius turns over 2 mats
    • From the top of the slope
    • Showing consistent upper and lower body separation and co-ordination of pole plant
    • Achieve 14 - 16 two mat wide turns
    • Showing good adaptation of movements for short radius turns
  • An awareness of freestyle skiing
    • Including skiing backwards, falling leaf, 360 and switch 180
  • Must also still be able to show the skills learned from previous levels

Level 7 - advanced

  • Linked parallel turns
    • Accurate timing of Pole touching to aid simultaneous edge change
    • Maintaining strong posture and balance throughout
    • Showing consistent flexion and extension for pressure control and accurate movements in ankles, knees and hips
    • Showing accurate range, rate and timing of movements
    • Maintaining speed control through turn shape and arc length - c-shaped turns
  • Short linked parallel turns
    • Over 1 - 2 mats wide (16 - 20 turns)
    • Accurate timing of Pole touch to aid simultaneous edge change
    • Showing consistent upper and lower body separation
    • Ability to explain what is happening in their own performance
  • Free run of the whole slope
    • Showing varied size turns within the run
    • Blending the steering elements - edge, pressure and rotation
  • Funnelling
    • 7 mats to 1, 1 mat to 7
    • Showing various funnels on different turn sizes
  • Linked carved turns from minimum of three quarters of the way up the slope
    • Over various sized mats as directed by the Instructor - without foot rotation
  • Technical knowledge and understanding
    • Be able to explain what is required technically to develop ski-ing performance
    • Be able to analyse their own all round ski-ing performance
  • Must also still be able to show the skills learned from previous levels

For Further Information Contact

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