Hop Turns

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

Objective: To demonstrate the ability to rotate the lower body and maneuver the skis accurately while maintaining an upper body that appears quiet in space.

Primary Skill: Rotary

Justification: Rotation of the legs within the pelvis without involving the upper body in the coincident direction is imperative for upper level rotary skills.

Hop turn tracks in snow

Slope: Intermediate groomed terrain.


  • Start from a traverse stance
  • Skis are pivoted in alternating directions while jumping off both skis for a total of 15 jumps
  • Skis are pivoted with simultaneous leg rotation
  • Jump in opposite direction immediately upon landing
  • Track left in snow resembles a series of "Z"s, with the tip of the previous track almost coinciding with the tail of the next track
  • Exercise concludes with an edge set of both skis across the fall-line

Criteria for Perfect Execution:

  • Skis are always parallel to snow surface in the air (no tips or tail up)
  • Equal distance is maintained between skis
  • Skis land on edge and take off from same position
  • Consistent rhythm and speed with no pausing or stopping



Hop Turns Demonstration

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