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Advanced One-Ski Activities

Activity Description:

These one foot/ski activities share common characteristics that create a balanced stance over the middle of the weighted ski, which in these advanced training activities is the uphill or inside ski

• Uphill Ski Traverse, lift downhill ski and traverse on edged uphill ski (no skidding) (L/R)
• Uphill Ski Forward Sideslip, lift downhill ski and sideslip approximately 450 to falline (L/R)
• Uphill Ski Skidded Arc, lift downhill ski and shape a rounded, skidded arc on uphill ski (L/R)

Why This Activity Will Be Useful:

The turn dynamics of advanced skiing often require a skier to be able to ski in balance on either foot at any point in a turn. Learning and practicing these activities will help close that gap and create an expansive and adaptable skill set that provides more tactical options for skiing variable terrain and snow conditions.

What the Skis Do (EFFECT):

• Lifted ski remains parallel to downhill/weighted ski and slope
• Ski bends along its length
• In Traverse, uphill ski tracks leaves carved track (no skidding)
• In Forward Sideslip, uphill ski slips smoothly and continuously approx. 450 to the fall line. Leaves a consistently skidded track
• In Drifted Arc, uphill ski leaves consistently skidded path, vs abrupt pivoting or tail washing out

How the Body Moves (CAUSE):

• Flexion/extension movements are used to adjust fore/aft balance and adjust CoM relationship to Base of support
• Upper body angulation serves to adjust weight laterally over the uphill foot/ski
• Legs turn in hip sockets separate from upper body
• Lift the other (downhill/outside) ski by flexing the leg
• Carry lifted ski so that it remains parallel to stance ski and slope.
• Tipping/rolling movements of lifted foot/ankles manage edging of uphill ski

Where: Groomed Blue terrain, choose a safe low traffic area for these activities.

Learning/Teaching Cues:

• Practice traverse in strongly equal weighted stance and gradually lighten tail of downhill ski by flexing leg, without lifting at the hip. Adjust stance until downhill ski can be lifted
• Practice sideslipping, using lift the tail of the downhill ski. Progress to practicing and adjusting movements to be able to lift the entire downhill ski.
• Practice skidded uphill arcs using same equal weight starting point and tail lift strategy as in previous two activities.
• In each activity, once ski is lifted, experiment with active tipping/rolling movements of the ankle/foot of the lifted ski to learn the effect of those movements on the stance foot/ski.