Intermediate One-Ski Activities

Activity Description:

These one foot/ski activities share common characteristics that create a balanced stance over the middle of the downhill ski:

  • 1-Ski Straight Run, Lift one ski (for several ski lengths) maintaining straight track (L/R)
  • 1-Ski Sideslip, lift uphill ski and sideslip in a corridor down the falline (L/R)
  • 1-Ski Traverse, lift uphill ski and traverse on edged ski (no slippage) (L/R)
  • Basic 1-Ski Turns, Lift inside ski in transition maintain lift thru shaping phase (L/R) See outside ski turns

Why This Activity Will Be Useful: 

The turn dynamics of advanced skiing create transfer of the skier’s balance to the outside ski, requiring efficient and effective fore/aft and lateral pressure control skills. Skiing these different training activities on one ski builds a strong, athletic stance providing for accurate fore/aft stance over the center of the ski. Additionally these activities separate the ‘roles’ of the outside and inside foot/ski. The resulting pressure control and edge control skills are foundational to efficient skiing at all levels.

What the Skis Do (EFFECT):

  • Lifted ski remains parallel to stance ski and slope
  • Lifted ski shows tipping/rolling activity of that foot
  • Lifted ski is parallel to slope and to the other ski
  • In Straight Run, the weighted ski remains flat and tracks straight
  • In Sideslip, the outside/downhill ski slips smoothly and continuously down the falline
  • In Traverse, the outside/downhill ski tracks cleanly on edge (no skidding)
  • In Turns, new inside ski is picked up in transition and remains lifted thru shaping phase
  • In Turns, outside ski leaves carved or skidded tracks on demand

How the Body Moves (CAUSE):3

  • Athletic stance keeps the hips centered fore/aft over the weighted foot/ski
  • Adjust upper body angulation to balance weight laterally over the outside foot/ski
  • Lift the other ski by flexing the leg
  • Straight Run, use tipping/rolling of lifted foot to keep stance ski flat on the snow.
  • Sideslip, tipping/rolling movements of foot/ankle manage edging of outside ski
  • Traverse, tipping/rolling movements of foot/ankle manage edging of outside ski
  • Turns, tipping/rolling movements of the foot/ankle manage edging to shape the turn

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

Learning/Teaching Cues:

  • Practice straight run varying height ski is lifted to find balance is negatively impacted
  • Practice intro 1-ski sideslipping, lifting just tail of uphill ski until you can keep whole ski lifted
  • Practice intro 1-ski traversing lifting just tail of uphill ski until you keep the whole ski lifted
  • Practice turns with tail of inside ski lifted until whole ski can be held up thru the turn
  • 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.


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