Alpine Programs

Skiing Phase 2

Phase 2 is called the adventure stage for good reason! It is the time for ski racers to develop a broad base of skiing skills through lots of games, fun challenges, skiing exercises, and drill courses. A SkillsQuest skier in phase 2 is developing a love for skiing!

Phase 2 skiers should spend time working on:

  • Skiing with balance and control in a variety of terrain and snow conditions
  • Learning how to move their lower body independently of their upper body
  • Learning edging and carving skills
  • Pressuring the skis independently
  • Learning pole plant mechanics and using pole plants consistently
  • Making a variety of turn shapes in freeskiing and drill courses

The SkillsQuest Skiing Assessment exercises for phase 2 skiers are:

With evaluation of these four exercises, skiers can identify strengths and weaknesses in their pressure, edging, rotary and balance skills.

Score Sheets for the Phase 2 exercises. (print double-sided)

SkillsQuest Rewards

Here are some ideas for skiing goals phase 2 ski racers can set and earn rewards for achievement:

  • Ski the whole mountain - I can ski every trail on the mountain
  • Ski the bumps - I can ski in moguls making quick turns and long turns
  • Ski the terrain park - I can hit the jumps and stay in balance in the air, even when doing tricks
  • Know the code - I know the Skier Safety Code and terrain park etiquette
  • Carver - I can carve GS-sized turns on moderate terrain, even when picking up my inside ski
  • Quick turns - I can make very quick turns without losing balance or rhythm

There are many more, make your own!

 

Leanne Smith On Skiing Skills

U.S. Ski Team racer Leanne Smith knows skills are important for young ski racers, find out why.

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