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PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2011 10:21 am 
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Hello,
I was contacted via my webmaster at pathfindersonline dot org email by a guy named Joe who was aghast at how outdated the Downhill skiing requirements are.

He has suggested the following INSTEAD of the current requirements.
HOWEVER, he is NOT a ski instructor and has suggested that we check with someone of those qualifications -- any takers?
Joe wrote:
  1. Know the parts of the ski and what’s their purpose
  2. Know what are proper clothes for skiing:
    1. What is the proper fit for ski boots? (can wiggle your toes but not move your feet side-to-side)
    2. Socks (thin or medium, but not thick)
    3. Outerwear: waterproof – pants, jacket, gloves, hat or helmet
    4. Layers – based on weather conditions
  3. Know ski safety (check with a professional instructor)

Learning to Ski:
  • Learning:
    • Learn to start
    • Learn to control speed and stops - “French fry and Pizza”
    • Learn wedge turns
  • Skiing:
    • Be able to ski beginning runs in good form
    • Be able to ski easy intermediate runs in good form
You might include an amount of ski runs such as 5-10 runs of each (5 runs each could be done in one day for someone who learns quickly while 10 runs each would require more than one day’s skiing).

That’s my thoughts for beginning skiing. For advanced, it’s about learning carve turns, skiing intermediate and advanced hills, learning to ski moguls and powder. That honor could also include optional “terrain park” skills which include jumps, skiing rails, boxes, kickers, etc. – this should be optional as some skiers want to do that but many do not). You also might include ski and gear maintenance (waxing skis, adjusting bindings, tuning skis – but this might stray outside of the ski discipline and few people can teach it – you should get a second opinion on that).


I appreciate any feedback or suggestions.

Mark


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