ATS Phase 3 | Girls Ages 10-13, Boys Ages 11-14 | 4-8 years skiing
Objective: To jump while maintaining a tuck and clear a series of poles placed at 90 degrees to the skier's direction of travel.
Primary Skill: Pressure
Justification: Adjusting pressure under the foot and along the fore/aft axis of the ski is a critical component of balance. Clearing a series of poles while maintaining a straight path down the hill is accomplished with a take-off, flight and landing each having specific pressure control solutions. The ability to maintain a tuck while having an independent lower body capable of performing proficient jumps demonstrates independence and is used for aerodynamics.
Slope: Easy intermediate groomed terrain.
Set-up: Eight poles are laid at 90 degrees across the fall-line at 8 meter spacing. The poles can be secured or unsecured to the snow surface. The start is 12 meters above the first pole and the finish is 12 meters below the last pole.
Ski a straight run down the fall-line while maintaining a tuck position
Skier jumps once to clear each pole in the snow
Tuck position is between a high and low tuck such that if the skier were to pull their elbows back without moving their shoulders or hips, their elbows would touch some part of their thigh
Criteria for Perfect Execution:
Skier maintains straight path down the fall-line
Skier maintains a tuck position as described with elbows no wider than the knees
Equal distance maintained between both skis and knees
Jump off both feet simultaneously
Land on both feet simultaneously
Skis do not touch poles
Economy of movement from the jumping skier
Kid-Friendly Start Instructions:
Ski straight down the hill in a tuck
Jump over the poles without your skis touching the poles
Keep your skis and knees the same distance apart
Jump and land with both feet at the same time
Jump from your legs, keeping the rest of your body quiet
Stay between a high and low tuck – if you moved just your elbows back, they should touch somewhere on your thigh
Your elbows should not be wider apart than your knees