Vertical Brush Quickness Drill

ATS Phase 6 | Girls Ages 16+, Boys Ages 17+ | 10+ years skiing

Objective: To make it through a series of brushes quickly.

Primary Skill: Rotary

Justification: Quick movements with precision are essential for slalom skiing.

Vertical brush quickness course setup

Slope: Easy intermediate groomed terrain.

Set-up: 12 brushes are offset ½ meter and at a 3 meter vertical distance in the fall-line. Timing is set eight meters from the start and three meters from the 12th (last) gate.

Establishing "criterion time": Athlete pushes once without skating from the start and goes straight down the hill in a standing position through the finish timing.


  • Skier starts 8 meters above first brush
  • Skier starts with their choice of start strategy
  • Skier alternates left and right around successive brushes
  • Skier attempts to complete course as quickly aspossible
  • Finish is 3 meters below last gate in line with the start

Criteria for Perfect Execution:

  • Completion of course at a speed comparable to a straight run alongside the course
  • Ski tips and boots must go around gate


Vertical Brush Quickness Course Demonstration

This video introduces the Vertical Brush Quickness exercise for SkillsQuest.


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