Basic Outside Ski Turns

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

Objective: To link round-shaped turns controlled by the inside edge of the outside ski on the snow
while the inside ski is lifted off the snow.
Primary Skill: Edging
Justification: Justification: To encourage balance along the inside edge of the outside ski in order
to develop round-shaped, carved or nearly carved turns.
Slope: Beginner groomed terrain that is even from side to side, without sidehill or fall-away.
• Skier makes six round medium radius turns,
• The inside edge of the outside ski controls the
turn shape and minimizes skid,
• The inside ski is kept entirely off the snow and
parallel with the snow surface during each
• Pole may only be used to swing and touch the
Criteria for perfect execution:
• Inside ski does not touch and is parallel to snow surface
• Turns are round and carved
• Speed is consistent throughout entire maneuver
• Turn shape is relatively round
• Speed is consistent throughout the maneuver
• Ski poles are kept off the snow except if used for a pole plant
Kid-Friendly Start Instructions:
• Ski six round turns with all of your
weight on your outside ski
• Lift the inside ski off the snow for the
whole turn
• Use your poles only for pole plants
• Your speed is the same for all of the
Based on the description and criteria for perfect execution above, the skier will be judged on a scale
from 0 to 10 where 10 is perfect demonstration of the skill and task and 0 is the inability to demonstrate the skill and task.

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