This level would be all new to the sport and anyone who cannot connect a heel and toe edge turn continuously down the beginner slope without falling.
What your child will be working on/What you will be teaching…
- Know the parts of the board and stances
- Edges, front and back of board, bindings, stomp pad, safety leash
- Glide on one foot
- Front foot is strapped into board and students are propelling themselves with their back foot while practicing placing it onto their board to glide across flat areas.
- Enter and exit beginner lift/carpet
- Understand the proper ways to load and unload the carpet/lift safely and under control. Must be able to skate with front foot strapped in and back foot propelling student across snow. Staying balanced while approaching the carpet/lift and while on the carpet is essential to successfully riding the carpet/lift.
- Attach and detach boots from board (standing/sitting)
- Student should be able to independently strap in both feet to their snowboard and successfully unstrap. Being able to do this while standing and sitting is essential to progressing on all terrain.
- Get up independently
- Stand up on flat and gradual terrain independently on both heel side and toe side.
- Know the responsibility code
- Always stay in control
- People ahead of you have the right of way
- Stop in a safe place for you and others
- Whenever starting downhill, look uphill and yield
- Know how to use the lifts safely
- Use devices to prevent runaway equipment
- Observe signs; stay off closed trails
- Slide slip – heel and toe side
- Perpendicular to the hill the student will need to successfully slip down the slope in control on both heel edge and toe edge. On heel edge the student should be focused on ‘sitting in a chair’ and pushing their toes downward to allow the heel edge to slip down the slope (upward to come to a stop). On toe edge the student should focus on having their shins pressed into the front of their boots and gradually releasing pressure to slip backwards down hill (push harder into front of boots to come to a stop). Continuously reapplying pressure on designated edge to come to a controlled stop prior to resuming the heel or toe side slip down beginner terrain.
- Heel and toe side traverse
- After the student can perform both the toe and heel slide slips they are ready for the heel and toe side traverses. To traverse across the slope a student will apply all learnings from slide slipping with the added element of moving either left or right across the slope. To move across the slope the student will need to apply slight pressure on the leg (direction) they want to go by shifting weight slightly over desired leg. Student should not become parallel with the slope or fully turn in this exercise. The student should remain perpendicular with the slope while traversing left or right.
- Garlands (or falling leaf)
- Once the student can traverse across the hill both left and right on both heel and toe they are ready to travel down the slope applying pressure and shifting their weight in the desired direction. During garlands the student should never become parallel with the slope nor make a full turn. The student should always be able to come to a full stop and control speed on both heel and toe. To compile a successful garland the student will apply enough pressure over the desired leg by shifting their hips and weight over that foot to travel across the slope and slightly downhill. Once at the desired side of the hill the student should be able to shift their weight over the opposite foot and travel across the slope in the opposite direction. As they travel down the slope in control they are making a garland or look like a falling leaf. The student should complete this exercise on one edge at a time.
- Heel to toe turn (tip and twist)
- Once a student can successfully descend the beginner hill on both toe and heel edge through a garland/falling leaf they are ready to make turns. These individual turns are sometimes referred to as J-turns as the goal is to make turns in the shape of a J. Starting perpendicular to the slope the student will be on heel edge, shift weight over front foot to begin to rotate down hill. The student should create the top of the J through a flat board down hill and then with their weight over their front foot tilt uphill and look/point in the direction they need to go to complete the J. During the heel to toe side turn they should be shifting their weight from toes up/calf pressure against boots to toes down/shin pressure against their boots. They should be coming to a complete stop after every turn by applying skills learned during slide slips. Continue down the slope making heel to toe J-turns.
- Toe to heal turn (tip and twist)
- Once a student can successfully descend the beginner hill on both toe and heel edge through a garland/falling leaf they are ready to make turns. These individual turns are sometimes referred to as J-turns as the goal is to make turns in the shape of a J. Starting perpendicular to the slope the student will be on toe edge, shift weight over front foot to begin to rotate down hill (always looking and pointing in the direction they want to go). The student should create the top of the J through a flat board down hill and then with their weight over their front foot twist backwards uphill and look/point in the direction they need to go to complete the J. During the toe to heel side turn they should be shifting their weight from toes down/shin pressure against boots to toes up/calf pressure against their boots. They should be coming to a complete stop after every turn by applying skills learned during slide slips. Continue down the slope making toe to heel J-turns.
- Stop in control
- Student should be able to apply appropriate pressure to heel and toe edges to come to complete and controlled stops on beginner terrain. Student should be able to rotate onto a heel or toe edge to perform a controlled stop on all beginner terrain. To practice use J-turns on different level beginner terrain to help gain confidence stopping.
To pass into red a student would show they can connect heel and toe side skidded turns (S shape) continuously down the beginner slope or equal terrain without falling.
Terrain: beginner basin/learning area, flat ground