IASI Alpine Level 3 Technical Level4 Mock Ski-off Bumps 1 day ago   06:34

Irish Association of Snowsports Instructors
This is a video has been produced by IASI to give you an idea of the level your skiing should be at in order to complete the IASI Alpine Level 3 Ski Teacher Technical which is part of the overall certification. It should be viewed in conjunction with the written technical assessment criteria which is available from the members area on the IASI website. It is only a guide but the feedback we have received from our members and education team alike has been very positive. We hope you enjoy the skiing and find this whole series both inspirational and something you can call on again and again.

If you are interested in taking your Alpine level 3 technical or any of the other modules please contact us via our website www.iasisnowsports.com. We have a full calendar of courses across Europe with something for every level within the system.

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Everyone is missing the mark of what skiing is.  Everyone is focused on what parts of the body look or feel like and say, "make them look or feel like that and you will be skiing."  Sorry!  That ain't it!  I will break this down to it's simplest form.  If you have questions, ask.

1.  The skis are designed to turn.  YOU, don't Make them turn.  You do what They need and that's it.

2.  Skiing/Turning is the ability to balance on one arch and then the other.  To balance on either arch, your upper body has to be very quiet and in a vertical position.  The ski under that foot will turn.

3.  To make a turn from a traverse, you decide when and where you want the skis to turn.

4.  You stop your upper body from going across the hill and say, "I want to go straight down the hill."  You point your hands and chest down the hill.

5.  As you do that you add, "get off my downhill arch and balance on my uphill arch."  Just like pedaling a bike.

6.  Because you are no longer balanced, your entire body will start to fall down the hill like a tree.   

7.  That will Instantly roll your uphill foot over onto your arch.  The ski will turn as designed. 

8.  When the ski turns and your feet pass under you, face down the hill and get off your downhill foot.

To carve, do the above but lift your cheek when you get off that downhill foot and slide it over onto the edge of a barstool.  Try that at home and notice your vertical body and leg angle.  There is a Brake Pedal on that hip.  If you want to go slower, press your hip against that pedal.  That increases the leg angle so the ski is more on it's side so it can bend more, creating a shorter radius for the skis.

That's It!  That's all you need.  You think of these things from the Snowplow to Racing.  Everything you need to know comes from this.  Once you understand and have felt the results, then you can do anything you want."
1:00 The feeling/pressure you experience when changing your weight from your downhill foot to your uphill foot to start the next turn and the twisting in your leg when the ski makes a turn is Not an Effort You make to force your ski to turn. The ski is designed to turn when you face down the hill and balance on either ski edge. You, are Not making the ski turn, the ski is turning and you are balancing on the ski and It twists your foot and leg.

In these demonstrations, it would be good to actually show the weight change and when it happens by lifting the foot you are getting off of so the student knows where they should be standing. You don't have to leave it up.

1:13 Replace Steering Effort with, "weight change and balancing on the outside ski as the ski turns under you." If you say Steering and Effort, the student will think That is something They are supposed to do while the truth is, those are things the Skis are doing.

1:25 You inside ski turning parallel along with the weighted ski will happen automatically when you are fully balanced on the turning ski.

1:38 That doesn't say or teach anything. They are just words.

1:58 When the Up motion is shown, there is not information of what happens when the skier rises. That rise is the moment the weight is removed from the downhill turning ski and applied to the uphill ski. There should be no exaggerated pause between that weight change otherwise the student will accelerate into the fall line and confidence will be lost.

2:20 That Lift of the tail is all the student deeds to see to understand when to change the weight. This is the simplest way to explain the sequence of events to a student so they can easily remember what to do and when. "With your hands on the handlebars of the bike, point the front tire down the hill. Plant you Right pole down the hill. Take your weight off your Right foot. Lift your Right cheek and set it on the edge of the Right Barstool." That puts all the parts of the body in the correct positions to allow the skis to turn.

2:40 The skis make the turn when you change your weight to the uphill ski while you keep your upper body facing and leaning down the hill.

2:47 Doesn't teach anything!

3:10 By keeping your upper body facing down the hill and in the fall line as your skis pass under you from one side to the other, a quick weight change to the uphill ski will produce the leg angle necessary to put your skis on a hard edge so they turn with a shorter radius, making a tighter turn which will control your speed on a steeper trail.

3:26 Keeping your upper body facing and leaning down the hill with No movement to the sides, will allow your skis to turn very quickly when you change the weight. This quiet upper body position puts you where you need to be for perfect balance on either arch. If your upper body leans or twists into the turn, you will Not be in a position to balance when you change your weight.

3:34 This is a clear example of my Barstool Christies. Imagine there are Barstools on both sides of him. Watch as he lifts the cheek above his unweighted foot and rests it on the edge of the stool. This keeps your upper body vertical, in the fall line while the skis make the turn under you.

3:52 Just think of taking your weight Off the downhill foot with whatever rising movement you need to accomplish it.

4:00 and 4:05 Words that require and explanation don't teach. You tighten or widen the arch of the turn by the amount of horizontal movement you make with your cheeks over the Barstool. That will change the angle of the leg which will change the angle of the ski on the edge.

4:14 See 4:00.

5:07 No need to create a new phrase and demonstration when all it is really doing is destroying the quickness and balance of the weight change. It makes you stand up straighter than you should be and it takes time to lift it and put it back down. Lifting the tail to show the timing of the weight change and keeping it up through the turn is all that is needed to focus a students attention on balancing on one ski to make the turn.

5:28 Notice how the tip of the ski rises up too much. That's because he is standing up too straight And sitting back.

5:50 Focus on weight change and Barstool position.

6:22 Just a game that teaches nothing and could hurts ones knees.
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