As they experience rapid growth through this phase, skiers will need to adapt to their changing bodies, so the skiing skill exercises in SkillsQuest don't get significantly more challenging from the previous phase. At this point in the skier's development, there begins to be a greater focus on tactics, or line in the race course. Courses and drill exercises are done over a longer length, as skiers in this phase have greater stamina, strength, and concentration abilities. More time is spent on the race course now as half to two-thirds of training should be in the gates. Improvements in skills may not be as fast or as visible during this phase compared to before, but the payoff for all the skills work is not far down the road.
Phase 4 skiers should spend time working on:
Refining previously learned skills in a variety of terrain and snow conditions
Tactics exercises in gates to learn the fastest line
Speed and terrain elements
Regularly working on skiing skills outside of gates and then bringing those skills into gates
The SkillsQuest Skiing Assessment exercises for phase 4 skiers are:
With evaluation of these four exercises, skiers can identify strengths and weaknesses in their pressure, edging, rotary and balance skills. Skiers should strive for perfect execution of these tasks.
Here are some ideas for skiing goals phase 4 ski racers can set and earn rewards for achievement:
Tactics – consistently skis a line where pressure and edging aren't interrupted at the gate with early pressure in the turn
Rhythm changes – adjusts line to maintain speed and flow through rhythm changes
Terrain changes – adjusts line to set up for a breakover or to carry speed from steeps to flats
Moving with terrain - actively moves with terrain to maintain ski/snow contact and to gain speed where possible
There are many more, make your own!
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