Freeski with Lane Changes

ATS Phase 3 | Girls Ages 10-13, Boys Ages 11-14 | 4-8 years skiing

Objective: To ski a series of short radius turns down the fall-line and without interruption change fall-lines. Then again after an established rhythm and without interruption revert back to the original fall-line. A pole plant accompanies each turn.

Primary Skill: Balance

Justification: To combine the skills of rotary, edging, and pressure.

Slope: Intermediate groomed terrain.

Description:Lane changes diagram

  • Skier skis three turns of even size, rhythm and speed in an imaginary corridor approximately 5 meters wide, then with a 5 meter traverse changes to a new fall-line, followed by three short radius turns
  • The drill consists of six short turns sequences linked by five traverses

Criteria for Perfect Execution:

  • Balance is maintained in all three planes
  • Linked round turns with a high degree of carving
  • Changing lanes is accomplished by a radical rhythm change where the skis continue across the fall-line without changing the radius of the exiting turn or the first turn in the new corridor
  • Consistent speed is maintained throughout all portions of maneuver
  • A pole swing coincides with edge release and center-of-mass movement into the new turn

Kid-Friendly Start Instructions:

  • Ski three short radius turns in a corridor about as wide as a snow cat
  • After the third turn, continue across the hill for about two cat-widths and start another three short-radius turn section
  • Ski six short turn sections connected by five traverses
  • Stay in balance
  • The turns are carved and linked together
  • All turns are of the same shape, but the third turn is taken across the hill to a new corridor
  • Speed is maintained for all of the turns
  • Use a pole swing or plant for each turn



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