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Basic Parallel Garlands

Activity Description

In this activity the skier skis a series of garlands with a basic parallel ski performance (skidded, parallel turns). This activity may start in the fall line, or slightly across the fall line. This activity is done in both directions.

Why This Activity Will Be Useful:

This activity reinforces the skill blend necessary to ski efficient parallel turns. This activity specifically focuses on the finish, transition, and initiation phase of the turn. This activity can also be used to learn to adapt basic parallel transitions to side-hill terrain, or to ski a line other than directly down the fall line.

What the Skis Do (EFFECT):

• Skis remain parallel and stance width is consistent
• Skis show the similar edge angles
• Skis edges are engaged and released at the same time and rate
• Skis turn at the same time and rate
• Skis leave skidded tracks in snow

How the Body Moves (CAUSE):

• From the straight run use tipping/rolling movements of ankles/feet to begin to increase the edge angle of the skis. As the skis tip onto edge, turn both legs to the steer skis into a guided/skidded arc.
• Guided/skidded arc is controlled by a blend of tipping/rolling movements of ankles/feet and turning movements of the legs in the hip sockets. The rate and intensity of these movements affects the size and shape of the guided/skidded arc.
• From the guided/skidded uphill arc, use tipping/rolling movements of ankles/feet to release and change the skis’ edges. Once on downhill edges, turn the legs in the hip socket to steer the skis back toward the fall line.
• Repeat. Practice in both directions

Where: Choose a safe low traffic area for this activity.
Groomed Green and blue terrain
Overall path of travel is at approx. 45 degree path to true fall line
May also be done across the fall line on a slope with a natural side-hill fall line

Teaching/Learning Cues

Review and practice Basic Garlands
• First learn to do this activity on green terrain starting very near the fall line.
• Use a “Fan plan” to advance to a more challenging angle to the fall line. Should any stem or step habits return, decrease the level of difficulty and resume practice.
• Return to easier angle closer to fall line and be more active with tipping/rolling of ankles/feet to create a sooner, stronger release of edges. Release first, then turn the legs and skis.
• Adjust starting angle to fall line as needed to first be successful, and then to challenge development of stronger—and more effective timing of—releasing movements and turning movements.