Alpine Programs

Sideslip to Straight Run to Sideslip

ATS Phase 4 | Girls Ages 11-14, Boys Ages 12-15 | 5-9 years skiing

Objective: To go straight down the fall-line followed by rotation of both skis simultaneously in one direction until skis are perpendicular to the fall-line followed by a sideslip. Then, without an excess loss of speed from the sideslip, rotate the skis back into the fall-line. After a few ski lengths rotate the skis in the opposite direction and sideslip to a stop.

Primary Skill: Rotary

Justification: Upper body and lower body separation demonstrated by rotation of the skis while maintaining the upper body quiet in space is essential for efficient ski racing.

Slope: Intermediate groomed terrain.

Description:

  • Start in a straight run down the fall-line
  • Skis are maintained at hip width throughout the drill
  • After about 10 meters, when skier is up to speed, both skis are pivoted across the fall-line
  • A sideslip will be maintained for 6 vertical meters in the unmarked ski-width corridor down the fall-line without losing a substantial amount of speed
  • The skis are then rotated back so they point down the fall-line for 6 meters followed by another 6 meter sideslip the opposite direction
  • Drill is concluded after the fourth sideslip, with an edge set that is timed with the pole touch and holds stopped position for 3 seconds
  • Entire drill is done within an unmarked ski-width corridor down the fall-line

Criteria for Perfect Execution:

  • Skier stays within a ski width corridor without deviation from the fall-line through entire drill
  • Skis are pivoted simultaneously and continuously
  • Hip width stance in all phases of the drill
  • Skier loses a minimal amount of speed during the sideslip
  • Distinct straight run between sideslip
  • Pole plant coincides with edge set at conclusion of drill

Kid-Friendly Start Instructions:

  • Ski straight down the hill to get up to speed
  • Then quickly pivot your skis to turn them
  • across the hill, turning both feet sideways at the same time
  • Slip sideways straight down the hill for about six meters
  • Quickly pivot your skis back to pointing straight down the hill and ski straight down the fall-line for about six meters
  • Then quickly pivot your skis across the hill in the other direction
  • You'll do four sideslips in all, two to each side, with straight runs in between
  • Try not to lose much speed and stay in a straight line down the hill the whole time
  • Keep your skis hip-width apart the whole time
  • After the fourth sideslip, stop by setting your edges and planting your downhill pole
  • Hold still for 3 seconds

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