Level 1 Movement Analysis & Sample Teaching Assignments

Level 1 Movement Analysis:

At level 1 a candidate should be able to identify the components of good skiing.

What does this mean in plain English? A level 1 candidate should be able to identify if a skier has their “hips behind their feet” or if the skier is “forward” as an example. Subsequently the candidate should be able to identify which is a positive cue and which is a cue that would indicate a change is needed.

Level 1 Sample Teaching Assignments

Your group leader on day one will have guided you through many lesson segments, and you will more than likely have had a chance to present a portion of a lesson to the group. The exam day (day two) teaching assignments will therefore come as no surprise, and both your expectations and the group leader’s should be in sync.  Thus, these Level 1 sample teaching assignments are meant only to remind you of what you have probably already experienced in your tenure as a ski instructor.

Take a beginning zone skier from his first straight runs through a stepping sequence to turns out of the fall line in both directions. If his performance warrants, move to linking these “stepping” turns. Be sure to use learning activities that build on one another to help achieve a blend of slipping, sliding, and guiding.

Take a group of never-evers through boot work on the flat, introducing them  to various rotary, edging and pressure control movements appropriate to this level. Begin one-ski learning activities and connect the boot work to the new challenges that sliding on one ski brings.

Your novice zone skiers have just finished a series of gliding wedges and you feel comfortable introducing them to wedge turns. Have fun!

A wedge skier creates a wide, breaking wedge shape in her turns. She is frustrated because she falls way behind the other skiers in the class. Her turns begin with a narrow wedge, but when she enters the fall line she picks up speed and pushes her tails out to slow down. Help her link turns without

Take your novices from initial one-ski activities on the flat to two-ski activities in the same area. Focus especially on the “inside” ski’s movements, and help them understand what corresponding body movements are key to getting that ski to turn and glide smoothly as it changes direction.

Take your beginner class from wedge turns out of the fall line to linked wedge turns.

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