Green: min- Never even seen snow
Goals- basic control of skis, gliding/braking wedge, wedge turns
- Warm up circle: stance, hopping, stepping, shuffling, balance on one foot, brush skis into a wedge.
- Follow the leader: group follows instructor around the learning center experiencing direction changes and small variations in terrain.
- Scooter: take off one ski and move about. Flat terrain, up a hill, down a hill.
- Climb a hill: side step, herringbone.
- Straight run: small hill, natural runout, look for a tall, balanced stance, gentle contact with front cuff on ski boot. Variations keep this fun, step, shuffle, hop, what else?
- Straight run to gliding wedge: Be sure student can brush to a wedge on flat ground, now add this to the end of a straight run.
- Gliding to braking wedge: vary size of wedge and see how it affects speed and control.
- Wedge J-turn: add a turn to the end of a straight wedge run. Turn feet, not hips, look where you want to go (targeting). Skis must be brushing the snow, not edgelocked, press and turn the outside foot.
- Learning center lift: learn to ride the carpet, handle tow, etc. follow the specific rules for the type of lift you have.
- Control speed on learning center terrain. Ski in a wedge, turn shape = speed control. A wider wedge will also slow you down.
- Always circle back to good balance. Each skill performed in the warm up circle can be used on the hill to challenge and develop dynamic balance. (Balance in motion)