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  • Exercises by Skill | USSA - Foundation
    exercise for each of the skill areas pressure edging rotary and balance The exercises are progressive getting more difficult to achieve mastery as the skier moves to the next developmental phase This helps the athlete and coach continue to focus and improve on their full skill set Certain exercises blend in additional ski racing attributes such as aerodynamics and jumping abilities Together the exercises within SkillsQuest represent a complete fundamentals based approach to ski racing skills Combined with tactics and competition strategies a ski racer will have a foundation for success in racing Click on the skill area tabs above for the progression of exercises Coaches may use exercises up and down the phases within a skill area for training progressions but the goal for the athletes should be to achieve mastery in a phase before working extensively at the next level Today the difference in winning or losing is tenths or even hundredths of a second which is the difference in a few degrees of rotation a degree or two of edge angle and where the ski is pressured These are all very small and sometimes imperceptible amounts SkillsQuest drills allow the skier to learn to make these minute adjustments unconsciously Ron Kipp USSA Alpine Sport Education Manager Skills Help You Make the Team U S Ski Team racer Lila Lapanja s skiing skills have been key to her achieving her goals Find More Skiing Exercises on Center of Excellence TV Center of Excellence TV is full of videos for coaches and racers looking to take their training to the next level Subscribe to the alpine collection and receive email alerts when new alpine videos are posted Watch Now Tools My USSA Need to renew your membership get coaching tips or work on your technique Want to check rankings

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/alpine-programs/athletes/development/skillsquest/skiing-assessment/exercises-by-skill (2016-04-30)
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  • Pressure | USSA - Foundation
    carve out a groove in the snow for the rest of the ski to follow Lastly pressuring the tail at turn conclusion is what will determine the direction toward the upcoming turn These aspects of the pressure control skill are performed through flexion and extension of the knees hips and ankles Extension of the knees and hips along with flexion of the ankles moves the skier s weight forward toward the ski tip Pressure control skills are extremely important because they are used to produce the groove in the snow to balance against but more is not necessarily better here If the groove is too deep there will be increased friction that slows the skier down not just from the increased ski snow contact but from the pushing of snow much like a snowplow on the road plowing mounds of snow Pressure skills also come into play on a flat ski Maintaining reducing and creating pressure through terrain such as rollers is important so speed is not lost When pressure is further mastered it can even be used to gain speed Mikaela Shiffrin Does SkillsQuest Exercises You can work on your skiing skills like Mikaela Find More Skiing Exercises on Center of Excellence TV Center of Excellence TV is full of videos for coaches and racers looking to take their training to the next level Subscribe to the alpine members collection and receive email alerts when new alpine videos are posted Watch Now Tools My USSA Need to renew your membership get coaching tips or work on your technique Want to check rankings or results Find all that and more on your My USSA page Visit My USSA Become a Member Membership Ready to become a member of USSA Whether you re an athlete who wants to compete a fan

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/alpine-programs/athletes/development/skillsquest/skiing-assessment/exercises-by-skill/pressure (2016-04-30)
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  • Camel Jump in Wave Track | USSA - Foundation
    are perpendicular to the fall line and spaced 12 meters apart It is recommended to fill in the trough of the final wave Width is one to two snow cat grooming widths or about 5 10 meters Description The skier enters the wave track at GS speed Skier maintains straight run while maintaining ski snow contact and a tuck position through the waves leading up to the camel feature Skier uses the upslope of the camel feature along with any extra push off that is needed based on their speed to jump and clear the gap landing on the backside of the next wave Criteria for Perfect Execution The skier s upper body remains at the same relative elevation above the horizon that is consistent with the pitch of the hill in a high tuck while the lower body absorbs the rolls and maintains or increases pressure on the downside of the rolls leading up to the camel feature Skis remain flat against the snow and run straight in fall line with even pressure between left and right leading up to camel feature Jump takeoff is from both feet evenly Skis roll forward in the air to match the landing slope of the final roll Landing occurs on the backside of the final roll Landing with both feet simultaneously skis contact snow all at once not tip or tail first Skier adjusts fore aft pressure to increase speed DOWNLOAD DRILL DESCRIPTION updated 11 05 13 SKILLSQUEST SCORING TABLE Camel Jump in Wave Track Demonstration View the proper execution of a camel jump in a wave track Find More Skiing Exercises on Center of Excellence TV Center of Excellence TV is full of videos for coaches and racers looking to take their training to the next level Subscribe to the alpine

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/alpine-programs/athletes/development/skillsquest/skiing-assessment/exercises-by-skill/pressure/camel-jump-in-wave-track (2016-04-30)
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  • Linked Turns in Wave Track | USSA - Foundation
    level the ski racer needs to have the ability to manage ski snow pressure either to create speed or maintain speed while turning Slope Beginner slope Set up Six waves are constructed by a snow cat that are one meter high when measured from the bottom of the trough to the apex of the roll Waves are perpendicular to the fall line and spaced 12 meters apart from crest to crest Description The skier enters the wave track at GS speed then makes carved round linked GS radius turns The skier skis such that they can absorb the waves and extend into the troughs with their lower body while turning Turn apex is randomly placed by the athlete with no consecutive turns being placed in the same place on the wave the turn apex could be on the backside upslope top or trough Criteria for Perfect Execution The skier s upper body remains at same relative elevation above horizon that is consistent with the pitch of the hill Lower body absorbs the rolls and maintains or increases pressure on the downside of the rolls Skis maintain snow contact at all times Skier demonstrates round turns while varying turn apex placement relative to the rolls Skier adjusts fore aft pressure to increase speed DOWNLOAD DRILL DESCRIPTION updated 11 05 13 SKILLSQUEST SCORING TABLE Linked Turns in a Wave Track Demonstration View the proper execution of linked turns in a wave track Break it Down on COE TV Go straight to the footage and find key frame analysis and related drills on Center of Excellence TV Watch Now Tools My USSA Need to renew your membership get coaching tips or work on your technique Want to check rankings or results Find all that and more on your My USSA page Visit My

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/alpine-programs/athletes/development/skillsquest/skiing-assessment/exercises-by-skill/pressure/linked-turns-in-wave-track (2016-04-30)
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  • Wave Track | USSA - Foundation
    by a snow cat that are one meter high when measured from the bottom of the trough to the apex of the roll Waves are perpendicular to the fall line and spaced at 12 meters apart from crest to crest Description In a straight run the skier descends the slope in a high tuck position such that they can absorb the waves and extend into the troughs with their lower body The upper body maintains a consistent tuck position in space while traveling over the waves and in the troughs Criteria for Perfect Execution The skier s upper body remains at the same relative elevation above the horizon that is consistent with the pitch of the hill Lower body absorbs the rolls and maintains or increases pressure on the downside of the rolls Skis remain flat against the snow and run straight in fall line Skier maintains equal distance between both skis Skis have even pressure between left and right Skier adjusts fore aft pressure to increase speed Kid Friendly Start Instructions Go straight down the wave track in a high tuck Your upper body stays level in a high tuck while your legs absorb the rolls and extend into the troughs Keep your skis flat on the snow and running straight in the fall line Skis stay the same distance apart Stand with the same weight on both skis Adjust pressure over the rolls in order to gain speed DOWNLOAD DRILL DESCRIPTION updated 11 05 13 SKILLSQUEST SCORING TABLE Straight Run in Wave Track Demonstration View the proper execution of a straight run in a wave track Break it Down on COE TV Go straight to the footage and find key frame analysis and related drills on the Center of Excellence TV Watch Now Tools My USSA Need to

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/alpine-programs/athletes/development/skillsquest/skiing-assessment/exercises-by-skill/pressure/wave-track (2016-04-30)
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  • Steps and Jumps | USSA - Foundation
    aft balance and an athletic stance Slope Beginner groomed terrain that is even from side to side without sidehill or fall away Set up Panels or poles to indicate the start and finish Description Ski in a straight run down the fall line Lift one ski off the snow then the other twice on each side Then the skier jumps in the air four times Criteria for perfect execution Skier maintains a straight path down the fall line Equal distance is maintained between both skis and knees Skier steps completely off each ski Ski s in the air are parallel to snow surface Skier jumps off both feet simultaneously Skier lands on both feet simultaneously Skier makes four steps and four jumps Skier steps and jumps quietly while having economy of upper body movement Kid Friendly Start Instructions Make four steps then four jumps Keep your skis and knees the same distance apart even when you step jump and land Jump and land with both feet at the same time Step and jump with your legs keeping the rest of your body quiet DOWNLOAD DRILL DESCRIPTION SKILLSQUEST SCORING TABLE Scoring Based on the description and criteria for perfect execution above the skier will be judged on a scale from 0 to 10 where 10 is perfect demonstration of the skill and task and 0 is the inability to demonstrate the skill and task Alpine Coaching Tips Watch Martin Guyer talk about how SkillsQuest is a great way to build strong fundamentals Break it Down on COE TV Go straight to the footage and find key frame analysis and related drills on Center of Excellence TV Watch Now Tools My USSA Need to renew your membership get coaching tips or work on your technique Want to check rankings or results Find

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/alpine-programs/athletes/development/skillsquest/skiing-assessment/exercises-by-skill/pressure/steps-and-jumps (2016-04-30)
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  • Rotary | USSA - Foundation
    pressure is a difficult decision and must be made by reaction and feel from the ski racer This is difficult to learn by only skiing gates SkillsQuest rotation drills specifically target the rotary skill by emphasizing the legs turning in the hip sockets The ultimate objective is to separate the actions of the upper body from the lower body so they do not negatively influence each other Check out the rotary skills exercises by clicking the tabs above Ryan Cochran Siegle uses SkillsQuest drills Watch Ryan talk about how he uses drills to improve his skiing technique and get his body into the right movements before training Find More Skiing Exercises on Center of Excellence TV Center of Excellence TV is full of videos for coaches and racers looking to take their training to the next level Subscribe to the alpine collection and receive email alerts when new alpine videos are posted Watch Now Tools My USSA Need to renew your membership get coaching tips or work on your technique Want to check rankings or results Find all that and more on your My USSA page Visit My USSA Become a Member Membership Ready to become a member of USSA

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/alpine-programs/athletes/development/skillsquest/skiing-assessment/exercises-by-skill/rotary (2016-04-30)
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  • Vertical Brush Quickness Course | USSA - Foundation
    from the start and three meters from the 12th last gate Establishing criterion time Athlete pushes once without skating from the start and goes straight down the hill in a standing position through the finish timing Description Skier starts 8 meters above first brush Skier starts with their choice of start strategy Skier alternates left and right around successive brushes Skier attempts to complete course as quickly aspossible Finish is 3 meters below last gate in line with the start Criteria for Perfect Execution Completion of course at a speed comparable to a straight run alongside the course Ski tips and boots must go around gate DOWNLOAD DRILL DESCRIPTION updated 11 05 13 SKILLSQUEST SCORING TABLE Vertical Brush Quickness Course Demonstration This video introduces the Vertical Brush Quickness exercise for SkillsQuest Find More Skiing Exercises on Center of Excellence TV Center of Excellence TV is full of videos for coaches and racers looking to take their training to the next level Subscribe to the alpine collection and receive email alerts when new alpine videos are posted Watch Now Tools My USSA Need to renew your membership get coaching tips or work on your technique Want to check rankings or results

    Original URL path: http://foundation.ussa.org/alpine-programs/athletes/development/skillsquest/skiing-assessment/exercises-by-skill/rotary/vertical-brush-quickness-course (2016-04-30)
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