Basic Garlands

Activity Description

Linked transitions from a sideslip to forward sideslip, then back to sideslip. Activity should be done without stopping, and by adjusting edge angles and pressure along the skis. Repeated in opposite direction. Can be done across varied terrain or snow conditions.

Why This Activity Will Be Useful:

Learning to manage how the skis respond to body movement inputs to produce a variety of outcomes on the snow is fundamental to skilled skiing. This activity helps teach the transition between different sets of movement/skill blends to modify ski performance and change the path the skis travel. This activity can be used to develop Edge Control, Rotational Control, and fore/aft and lateral Pressure Control Skills. Developing this skill foundation will allow you to let the intention of your ski/snow outcome dictate how you move to make it happen.

What the Skis Do (EFFECT):

• Skis remain parallel to each other
• Edge angles are similar
• Edge angles release/adjust at similar time and rate
• Skis leave skidded tracks in snow
• Edge angles are managed to control speed, yet maintain momentum.
• Transition between sideslipping and forward sideslip is easily apparent.

How the Body Moves (CAUSE):

• Athletic Stance is maintained throughout activity
• Tipping/rolling movements of ankles/feet manage edging of skis.
• Flexion/extension movements manage fore/aft pressure adjustments and adjust relationship of Center of mass to base of support
• Flexion/extension and angulation direct pressure toward the outside (downhill) ski
• Legs turn in the hip sockets separate from the upper body

Where: Green terrain – Choose a safe low traffic area for this activity.

Learning/Teaching Cues:

• Initially just experiment by side slipping and adjusting one set of movements at a time.
• Adjust fore/aft with very low edge angles. How did skis react?
• Adjust fore/aft with higher low edge angles. How did skis react?
• Adjust edge angles while pressuring ski tips. How did skis react?
• Adjust edge angles while pressuring ski tails. How did skis react?
• Repeat the above (4) focus series of activities from a forward sideslip
• Find movement to transition from sideslip to forward sideslip. Repeat & refine.
• Find movements to transition from forward sideslip back to straight sideslip. Repeat & refine.
• Link all the components and transitions into a garland activity with a continuous flow.
• Repeat this whole process in the other direction (without skipping any learning steps).
• Practice shifting focus from movements to your intended ski/snow outcome.

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