Pole Jumpers in Tuck




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




Objective:  To jump while maintaining a tuck and clear a series of poles placed at 90 degrees to the skier's direction of travel.

Primary Skill:  Pressure

Justification:  Adjusting pressure under the foot and along the fore/aft axis of the ski is a critical component of balance. Clearing a series of poles while maintaining a straight path down the hill is accomplished with a take-off, flight and landing each having specific pressure control solutions. The ability to maintain a tuck while having an independent lower body capable of performing proficient jumps demonstrates independence and is used for aerodynamics.

Slope:  Easy intermediate groomed terrain.


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Set-up:  Eight poles are laid at 90 degrees across the fall-line at 8 meter spacing. The poles can be secured or unsecured to the snow surface. The start is 12 meters above the first pole and the finish is 12 meters below the last pole.


  • Ski a straight run down the fall-line while maintaining a tuck position
  • Skier jumps once to clear each pole in the snow
  • Tuck position is between a high and low tuck such that if the skier were to pull their elbows back without moving their shoulders or hips, their elbows would touch some part of their thigh

Criteria for Perfect Execution:

  • Skier maintains straight path down the fall-line
  • Skier maintains a tuck position as described with elbows no wider than the knees
  • Equal distance maintained between both skis and knees
  • Jump off both feet simultaneously
  • Land on both feet simultaneously
  • Skis do not touch poles
  • Economy of movement from the jumping skier 

Kid-Friendly Start Instructions:

  • Ski straight down the hill in a tuck
  • Jump over the poles without your skis touching the poles
  • Keep your skis and knees the same distance apart
  • Jump and land with both feet at the same time
  • Jump from your legs, keeping the rest of your body quiet
  • Stay between a high and low tuck – if you moved just your elbows back, they should touch somewhere on your thigh
  • Your elbows should not be wider apart than your knees


Coaching Points:

  • Adding the tuck position to this drill makes it tougher to stay in rotational balance and to manage pressure
  • The emphasis on movement while in a tuck position makes this a very beneficial exercise for this phase, where racers tend to be rather static in a tuck
  • A perfect aerodynamic tuck position is not a key factor in the evaluation of this drill, but elbows in is an important factor with its relationship to balance (difficulty)
  • For training purposes, vary the distances between the poles, or set across the hill and do in a traverse to add elements of difficulty
  • See phase 2 version of pole jumpers for tips for set up

Pole Jumpers in Tuck Demonstration

view the proper execution of pole jumpers in a tuck.

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