TINY TOTS - 3 TO 5 YEARS OLD
Glides with assistance.
Glide without assistance. Glide and stop in snowplow.
Turning and control. Balance over both feet and stopping by turning. Speed control in snowplow.
Skis confidently. Speed control by turning. Mobility from foot to foot.A series of linked turns.
Turning and control. Parallel ski some of the time. Turning without traversing. Gliding to maintain speed on flats
Skis confidently. Maintain the skis parallel most of the time. Mobility in all joints. Varied turn shapes.
JUNIORS AND ADULTS – 6 YEARS OLD +
EX1 – Bronze
Linked snow plow turns. Balance over both feet. Stopping in a slow plow.
EX2 – Silver
Parallel skis some of the time. Balance on outside ski.
EX3 – Gold
Parallel skis most of the time on green terrain. Some mobility in all joints and turns both skis together.
AV1 – Bronze
Parallel skis some of the time and round turn shape. Some separation of upper/lower body. Pole plant on the correct side.
AV2 – Silver
Linked parallel turns on a bleu terrain. Consistent balance on outside ski. Increases edge grip through by angulation. Speed control on steeper and varied terrain. A well-timed pole plant.
AV3 – Gold
Performance parallel turns. Steering effort with the lower body. Speed control using short turns. Generate speed with clean edging (carving out-side ski).
PE1 – Bronze
Steering versatility. Separation maintained as edging increases. Use of ski reaction for rebound and turn linking. Speed control on steep terrain.
PE2 – Silver
Mobility and strength in challenging terrain. Consistent steering in short turns. Coordinated movements at advanced speed. Use of ski reaction to generate speed.
PE3 – Gold
Dynamic skiing. Consistent snow contact. Anticipation and control of ski reaction. Varied speed and turn shape as desired. Stance and mechanics adjusted to situation.
CHILDREN AND ADULTS - 6 YEARS OLD +
Develop a good position and balance.Initiation to pressure transfer and direction change. Side slipping with one foot attached to the board for balance and speed control.
Further development of the balanced body position. Strapping the back foot in (both standing and sitting). Control of speed while side slipping with both feet attached to the Board.
Initiation of rotational movements in the body. Development of beginner turns on both the heel side and toe side. Controls speed (on both edges) in a sideslip by flexing the hips, knees and ankles at the end of the turn.
Beginning to develop of fore / aft & rotational balance. Initiation of vertical balance through flexion movements. Linking toe side and heel side turns with enhanced stability through a lower center of mass.
Initiation of vertical balance through flexion movements. Increasing edge angle by using hips, knees and ankles effectively. Increased speed while turning.
Starting to carve the snowboard. Improvement of stability and control by increasing movements of angulation and flexion. Demonstration of edging at the fall line. Improvement of timing and coordination in the linking of turns at higher speeds.
Advanced / Expert
Improved lateral balance at the start of the turn. Edging earlier in the turn – above the fall line. Improvement of stability and control by introducing bumpy terrain.
Development of terrain adaptation skills. Improvement of pressure control in carved turns. Improvement of steering, and timing and coordination skills. Ability to perform shorter-radius turns on black slopes. Ability to perform carved turns with board performance
Improvement of linked short radius turns at a higher speed through better timing and coordination of edging, pressure control, and steering movements. Development of performance by using the resultant pressure from the board (rebound).
Ability to ride in various snow conditions and adapt to uneven and on bumpy terrain. Ability to manage pressure by changing edges in a flexed position. Ability to ride switch, or fakie across a variety of terrain.