ATS Phase 4 | Girls Ages 11-14, Boys Ages 12-15 | 5-9 years skiing
Objective: Using flexion and extension of the lower body to manage pressure against the snow over undulating terrain in an aerodynamic position.
Primary Skill: Pressure
Justification: Ski racers need to manage undulating terrain. On another level, the ski racer needs to have the ability to manage skis/snow pressure, either to create speed or to maintain speed.
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 at 12 meters apart from crest to crest.
In a straight run the skier descends the slope in a high tuck position such that they can absorb the "waves" and extend into the troughs with their lower body
The upper body maintains a consistent tuck position in space while traveling over the waves and in the troughs
Criteria for Perfect Execution:
The skier's upper body remains at the same relative elevation above the 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 remain flat against the snow and run straight in fall-line
Skier maintains equal distance between both skis
Skis have even pressure between left and right
Skier adjusts fore/aft pressure to increase speed
Kid-Friendly Start Instructions:
Go straight down the wave track in a high tuck
Your upper body stays level in a high tuck while your legs absorb the rolls and extend into the troughs
Keep your skis flat on the snow and running straight in the fall-line
Skis stay the same distance apart
Stand with the same weight on both skis
Adjust pressure over the rolls in order to gain speed