Setting Skiing Objectives
Different moves in different situations... create different outcomes!
So before you can assess whether your ski technique is effective, you need to take into account the terrain and conditions in front of you... then choose your target. You'll need to determine a specific skiing objective or goal for that pitch based on your desired speed, turn shape, level of ski performance etc.
Try to make this objective measurable so you can verify whether you achieved it or not. If it was easy, great, narrow your target by adding some complexity. You can add more specific parameters, increase the speed, terrain or try it in more challenging conditions... or choose an entirely new objective.
Conversely, if you failed to meet the objective, start diagnosing your symptoms
Speed & Direction
Managed Through Steering Versatility
Common Skiing Objectives
- Beginner / Novice
- Advanced / Expert
Beginner / Novice Competencies
- Speed Control
- Direction Control
- Basic Mobility in the mountain environment (Herringbone, skating, pole pushing, side stepping, traversing, getting up after a fall, etc.)
Beginner / Novice Maneuvers
- Maintaining Parallel Skis
- Controlling Turn Shape
- Rhythmical Turn Linking
- Speed Management on all groomed terrain
- Basic Terrain Adaptation
- Basic Snow Conditions Adaptation
Advanced / Expert Competencies
- Steering Versatility (Carved vs Skidded... Steering & Turn Shaping)
- Arc to Arc
- Rhythm, Agility and Flow
- Loading, Deflection & Angular Acceleration
- Advanced Speed Management (Maintaining momentum, vs speed control, vs speed generation)
- Advanced Terrain Adaptation
- Advanced Conditions Adaptation
- Composing & Creative Variation
Advanced / Expert Maneuvers
- Carved - Turns Narrow to Wide Corridor
- Carved Turns - Serpentine to Heavy Deflection
- Carved Turns Speed Generation
- Deflected Steered Short Turns
- Rhythmical Short Turns
- Rapid Steered Short Turns Narrow Corridor (Serpentine)
- Short Vertical Distance Turns (Spiess or Steeps)
- Varied Radius
- Short Turns Powder
- Big Turns Powder
- Short turns Crud
- Big Turns Crud
- Big Turns Bumps
- Short Turns Bumps
- Zipper Turns Bumps
- Steeps Narrow Corridor (Eg. Narrow Couloir)
- Maintaining snow contact... or catching air!
- Slopestyle (Jumps, Boxes, Rails, Butters etc)
- And any other variation you can dream up!
More Video Demonstrations Coming Soon!
Every time you attempt a specific objective, reflect back on your run to see if you can identify any symptoms. You can then use the diagnostics tool to help determine possible causes.
Of course, if you hit the target with ease, then step up the challenge level.