Alpine Programs

Linked Turns in Wave Track

ATS Phase 5 | Girls Ages 12-16, Boys Ages 14-17 | 6-11 years skiing

Objective: Using flexion and extension of the lower body to manage pressure against the snow over undulating terrain while making linked turns.

Primary Skill: Pressure

Justification: Ski racers need to manage undulating terrain. On another level, the ski racer needs to have the ability to manage ski/snow pressure either to create speed or maintain speed while turning.

Slope: Beginner slope.

Set-up: Six waves are constructed by a snow cat that are one meter high when measured from the bottom of the trough to the apex of the roll. Waves are perpendicular to the fall-line and spaced 12 meters apart from crest to crest.

Description:

  • The skier enters the wave track at GS speed, then makes carved round linked GS radius turns
  • The skier skis such that they can absorb the waves and extend into the troughs with their lower body while turning
  • Turn apex is randomly placed by the athlete with no consecutive turns being placed in the same place on the wave (the turn apex could be on the backside, upslope, top, or trough)

Criteria for Perfect Execution:

  • The skier's upper body remains at same relative elevation above horizon that is consistent with the pitch of the hill
  • Lower body absorbs the rolls and maintains or increases pressure on the downside of the rolls
  • Skis maintain snow contact at all times
  • Skier demonstrates round turns while varying turn apex placement relative to the rolls
  • Skier adjusts fore/aft pressure to increase speed

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