Phase 2 is called the adventure stage for good reason! It is the time for ski racers to develop a broad base of skiing skills through lots of games, fun challenges, skiing exercises, and drill courses. A SkillsQuest skier in phase 2 is developing a love for skiing!
Phase 2 skiers should spend time working on:
Skiing with balance and control in a variety of terrain and snow conditions
Learning how to move their lower body independently of their upper body
Learning edging and carving skills
Pressuring the skis independently
Learning pole plant mechanics and using pole plants consistently
Making a variety of turn shapes in freeskiing and drill courses
The SkillsQuest Skiing Assessment exercises for phase 2 skiers are:
Here are some ideas for skiing goals phase 2 ski racers can set and earn rewards for achievement:
Ski the whole mountain - I can ski every trail on the mountain
Ski the bumps - I can ski in moguls making quick turns and long turns
Ski the terrain park - I can hit the jumps and stay in balance in the air, even when doing tricks
Know the code - I know the Skier Safety Code and terrain park etiquette
Carver - I can carve GS-sized turns on moderate terrain, even when picking up my inside ski
Quick turns - I can make very quick turns without losing balance or rhythm
There are many more, make your own!
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