ATS Technique and Tactics - Phase 6

This phase is the mastery and innovation stage. Training here becomes specifically targeted at the events the skier competes in. The top racers in this phase have mastered the technical and tactical basics and through personalized adjustments seek maximal results. Skier optimizes line for their ability level and the conditions in race situations.

Key Competencies

  • Mastery in four events, but may specialize in certain disciplines.
  • Maintains balance in the most extreme situations.
  • Can adjust pressure during the turn in spite of terrain challenges.
  • Adjusts ski/snow interaction based on snow conditions.
  • Understands where speed is gained and lost in the race course and can optimize technical and tactical issues for an advantage.

Course Setting Recommendations

Course setting should test and challenge all the skills the skiers possess. Course setting will mirror that on the NorAm, Europa Cup and World Cup relative to the level of competition. Skiers with international aspirations generally will find terrain and snow conditions more challenging than many venues in the U.S. Coaches can prepare athletes by making sure their course sets include changes in rhythm and distances and use all the available terrain.


Typical course sets are between 7-12m in open gate sections and 4-6m in combinations. Set in the full spectrum. Rarely are combinations at 6m on the World Cup and rarely are open gates at greater than 11m spacing. Training courses for certain goals can run a broader range of distances, from 1m picket fences to 18 m over-round sets. Stubbies and paneled gates are used periodically for certain training goals throughout the season. After a preparation period, courses are frequently set challenging both technically and tactically.

Giant Slalom

Typical course sets in races are around 24-27m, though skiers should be prepared to see distances shorter than 20m and greater than 30m. Use all available terrain, setting over abrupt terrain such that sometimes the knoll will be in the turn transition and sometimes it will be in the turning phase. Frequent changes of rhythm, including chicanes, should be used.

Super G and Downhill

Courses should incorporate terrain, with jumps both from a flat ski and in the middle of a turn. Super G encompasses a broad spectrum of turn shapes and distances. Jumps and terrain may be present at any part of the course.


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