One Ski Skiing Hourglass

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

Objective: To ski exclusively on one ski while gradually decreasing the radius of successive turns, then gradually increasing the radius back to the original turn shape on challenging terrain.

Primary skill: Edging

Hourglass shape

Slope: Groomed expert terrain.

Set-up: Define the start and finish. Place two brushes five meters apart horizontally half way down.

Description:  The drill is 10-15 turns in duration.

  • Skier wears one ski
  • Foot without ski is held exclusively off the snow and maintains a non swinging position
  • Starting with GS-sized turns, gradually decrease the turn radius until a slalom size turn is achieved at the half-way point while skiing between the two brushes
  • After the brushes, the turns become gradually larger until the GS-sized turn at drill conclusion
  • Drill is performed with left and right leg in separate trials

Criteria for Perfect Execution:

  • Free ski boot never touches the snow
  • Free ski boot is not used for balance adjustment
  • Speed is consistent throughout entire maneuver
  • Carverd round turns
  • Turns gradually become smaller to the midway point then larger to the finish
  • No abrupt changes in turn size or shape
  • Hourglass is symmetric from left to right and top to bottom
  • Ski poles are not used inappropriately for balance


One Ski Skiing Hourglass Demonstration

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