One Ski Skiing Without Poles

ATS Phase 5 | Girls Ages 12-16, Boys Ages 14-17 | 6-11 years skiing

Objective: To ski solely on one ski connecting medium radius turns (15-18m turn apex to turn apex) on each leg without ski poles.

Primary Skill: Edging

Justification: Eliminating the poles from the one ski drill further challenges balance as the skier will need to adjust their center-of-mass solely with the ankle when performed correctly.

Slope: Intermediate groomed terrain.


  • Skier wears one ski and performs without poles
  • Foot without ski is held exclusively off the snow and maintains a non-swinging position
  • Skier will demonstrate right and left leg in eight linked medium radius (15-18m) turns

Criteria for Perfect Execution:

  • Free ski boot never touches the snow
  • Free ski boot is not used for fore/aft balance adjustment
  • Speed is consistent throughout entire maneuver
  • Turn shape is relatively round, carved, and of consistent radius



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