Skiing Phase 3

Phase 3 skiers are in the optimal window to hone their fundamental skiing skills. This may be the most important developmental phase of a ski racer.  The habits learned in this phase will tend to stick with the skier for years to come. Skiers that come out of this phase should be versatile, working on fundamentals in a variety of situations, terrain and snow conditions. Skiers in this phase should strive to be the queen or king of the mountain before they are queen or king of the race course. When they do run gates, it is often bringing the drills into the courses. Skiing exercises should emphasize agility, balance and coordination. For motor learning to take place, skiers must first demonstrate they can perform the skill and then continue to execute it as the task gets more difficult.  A SkillsQuest skier in phase 3 is laying down their foundation for future ski racing success and enjoyment!

Phase 3 skiers should spend time working on:

  •     Linking carved turns in a variety of terrain and snow conditions
  •     Using proper gate clearing skills for slalom without disrupting carving or turn shape
  •     Refining edging and carving skills
  •     Pressuring the skis independently
  •     Using both single and double pole plants consistently
  •     Making a variety of turn shapes in freeskiing and drill courses

The SkillsQuest Skiing Assessment exercises for phase 3 skiers are:

With evaluation of these four exercises, skiers can identify strengths and weaknesses in their pressure, edging, rotary and balance skills. Skiers should strive for perfect execution of these tasks.

Score Sheets for Phase 3 exercises. (print double-sided).

SkillsQuest Rewards

Here are some ideas for skiing goals phase 3 ski racers can set and earn rewards for achievement:

  • Pole plants – I am proficient at single and double pole plants
  • Gliding turns – I can make linked, carved long-radius turns moving in and out of a tuck position
  • Four edges – I can carve using all four of my edges (can turn on inside and outside ski)
  • One ski challenge – I can ski on one ski in a variety of terrain
  • Carver – I can carve super G, GS and slalom sized turns on moderate terrain
  • No poles – I can run a GS course at speed without poles, holding my hands in front, or crossed over my chest, or behind my back
  • Flight school – I have learned the fundamentals of approach, takeoff, flight and landing for jumping

There are many more, make your own!


Will Brandenburg on Skiing

U.S. Ski Team racer Will Brandenburg talks about some of the skiing skills he did as a younger skier.

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