Phase 1

Age 2- 6 years old- Play Age 1-4 years in sport


Phase 1 skiers should ski around 1 day a week or around 20 days a year. At least 95% of the time skiing should be spent free skiing. 

Conditioning and Nutrition

Skiers in this phase should be active with an emphasis on play, fun, skiing, and balance. Skiers should participate in many other balanced based sports that will translate over to Alpine Skiing.


Skis: Chest high with a variation based on height, weight, and skill level

Boots: Proper boot fit with soft even forward flex for ankle movement to facilitate a balanced athletic stance

Protection: Helmet required at all times

Poles: Optional - introduce at older levels as skill level develops

Mental Strength

Phase 1 skiers need fun, variety, positive reinforcement and perseverance. Positive parental support is essential. 


Alpine Coaching Tips

Watch Martin Guyer talk about how SkillsQuest is a great way to build strong alpine fundamentals. 

Break it Down on COE TV

Go straight to the footage and find key frame analysis and related drills on center of excellence TV.

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