Kids PSIA/AASI Class Levels

 

Skier and Snowboarder Responsibility Code:

All classes teach and strictly adhere to the responsibility code:

  1. Stay in control
  2. People ahead have the right of way
  3. Stop in a safe place for you and others
  4. When starting downhill or merging, look uphill and yield
  5. Use devices to help prevent runaway equipment
  6. Observe signs and warnings
  7. Know how to use the lifts safely

 

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Skiing Class 1:

Required to Pass: Skier can walk, stop, climb, straight run, straight gliding wedge and has been introduced to beginning gliding wedge turns using a balanced athletic stance. Develop excitement for a new sport.

Teaching Objectives:

  1. Introduction to equipment, mountain environment, & Responsibility Code
  2. Introduce a balanced and athletic stance
  3. Standing, walking, gliding, & climbing
  4. Straight run with a natural run-out
  5. Straight run with a step turn-out
  6. Gliding wedge
  7. Braking wedge
  8. Traverse and wedge traverse
  9. Beginning gliding wedge turns (see class 2)

Teaching Aids: circle walk, follow the leader, tag, Simon Says, traffic cop, scooter turns, ankle rolls (static & dynamic), point arrow, headlights on toes


Skiing Class 2:

Required to Pass: Skier can perform controlled, linked wedge turns down entire 2 hill: speed control w/turn shape. Emphasize narrow wedge w/slight directional ext/flex through turns flatten inside ski. Perform braking wedge.

Teaching Objectives:

  1. Review class one maneuvers with balanced athletic stance
  2. Review Responsibility Code
  3. Learn to ride the rope tow
  4. Wedge change-ups with step turn-out
  5. Gliding wedge turns
  6. Linked gliding wedge turns with speed control achieved through turn shape emphasizing narrow wedge & slight directional extension/flexion while flattening the inside ski to achieve turning
  7. Control speed and direction through shape turn
  8. Develop quality mileage

Teaching Aids: red light green light, wedge hops, Simon Says, point arrow


Skiing Class 3:

Required to Pass: Skier can perform controlled linked wedge Christies down entire 3 hill. Speed control must be achieved through turn shape emphasizing a narrow wedge & slight directional extension/flexion through the turn. Body and ankles must move in direction of new turn. Width of stance will vary only slightly between wedge & skid.

Teaching Objectives:

  1. Review class 2 maneuvers (linked wedge turns) prior to riding the poma lift
  2. Review Responsibility Code
  3. Learn to ride the Poma lift (don’t sit down)
  4. Review balanced athletic stance (maintain through entire turn)
  5. Introduction to traversing, side slipping, wedge garlands emphasizing a parallel skid
  6. Linked Wedge Christie turns (matched skidding at end of turn) speed control achieved through turn shape emphasizing narrow wedge and slight directional extension/flexion through the turns
  7. Fun quality mileage

Teaching Aids: J turns, fan progression, hockey stop


Skiing Class 4:

Required to Pass: Skier can perform controlled linked Wedge Christies (match at fall line with skidded finish) down entire 4 hill. Speed control must be achieved through turn shape emphasizing a narrow wedge & slight directional extension/flexion through the turns. Note: Body and ankles must move in direction of new turn.

Teaching Objectives:

  1. Review class 3 maneuvers (linked Wedge Christie turns, etc.) prior to riding the chair lift
  2. Review Responsibility Code
  3. Learn to ride the lift-loading and unloading procedures
  4. Review balanced athletic stance to be maintained throughout entire turn
  5. Practice & improve uphill Christies, garlands, lateral & forward side slipping emphasizing extension/flexion movement toward direction of turn
  6. Perform controlled, linked Wedge Christies (a match at the fall line with a skidded finish)

Skiing Class 5:

Required to Pass: Skier can perform advanced linked, wedge Christies (a match before the fall line with a skidded finish) with a pole touch down the entire 5 hill. Speed control must be achieved through turn shape emphasizing a narrow wedge and slight directional extension/flexion through the turns. Note: Body and ankles must move in direction of new turn.

Teaching Objectives:

  1. Review lift procedures and class 4 maneuvers (linked Wedge Christie turns, etc.)
  2. Review Responsibility Code
  3. Review balanced athletic stance to be maintained throughout the entire turn
  4. Introduce pole touch as timing device for the match
  5. Practice and improve uphill Christies, garlands, lateral and forward side-slipping emphasizing flexion & extension movements toward direction of turn.
  6. Perform controlled, advanced, linked, wedge Christies (match before the fall line with a skidded finish) using a pole touch
  7. Speed control must be achieved through turn shape emphasizing a slight, quick wedge opening and directional extension/flexion through the turns
  8. Body and ankles must move in the direction of the turn
  9. Fun quality mileage

Teaching Aids: skating, big toe & little toe, ankle role, hockey stop, fan progression, J-turns, C-turns, thumpers, 1000 steps, shuffle turns


Skiing Class 6:

Required to Pass: Skier can perform linked, open, skidded parallel turns with a pole touch down the entire 6 hill. Note: There is no wedge or stem opening in this turn. Speed control must be achieved through turn shape emphasizing directional extension/flexion through the turns. Note: Body and ankles must move in direction of new turn.

Teaching Objectives:

  1. Review lift procedures & class 5 maneuvers (advanced wedge Christie turns with a pole touch, etc.)
  2. Review Responsibility Code
  3. Review balanced athletic stance with angulations maintained through turn
  4. Take a fun run
  5. Parallel initiation (forward side slip and parallel garlands emphasizing flexion/extension movements toward direction of intended turn

Teaching Aids: skating, big toe & little toe, ankle roll, hockey stop, fan progression, J-turns, C-turns, thumpers, 1000 steps, balloon leg pop, 1 leg ski


Skiing Class 7:

  • Work on bumps, more dynamic skiing, simultaneous steering

Skiing Class 8:

  • Work on off-piste, crud, powder, steeps, trees

Skiing Class 9:

  • Work on racing techniques

Snowboard Class 1

Required to pass Class 1:

  • Boarder can walk, climb and can do a straight run with one foot out.
  • Boarder knows the proper way to fall on both heel and toe side
  • Boarder has been introduced to heel and toe skid and athletic stance.
  • Develop excitement for a new sport.
  • Instruct on correct terms.

Teaching objectives:

  1. Introduce equipment and mountain terrain and the responsibility code.
  2. Introduce athletic stance and balance movements
  3. Stand, walk, climb and glide with one foot out.
  4. Do a straight run with a natural run-out.
  5. Practice with a traverse skid.
  6. Introduce rope tow.
  7. Can stop with one foot out.

Snowboard Class 2

Required to pass Class 2:

  • Boarder can perform skidded traverse and garlands in both directions with confidence
  • Starting to make skidded turns in both directions on Beginner (green) terrain
  • Able to do a toe and heel skid with confidence

Teaching Objectives:

  1. Review the responsibility code
  2. Review the level one maneuvers and balance stance movements.
  3. Learn to ride rope tow.
  4. Learn to do skidded traverse and garlands in both directions.
  5. Straight glide and J-turns with one foot out.
  6. Straight glide and J-turn with both feet in.
  7. Introduced skidded turns in both directions.
  8. Develop quality mileage.

Snowboard Class 3

Required to pass Class 3:

  • Boarder can link turns with speed control in both directions on three hill.
  • The rider is beginning active use on fundamental movements and blending of those movements( Flexion, Extension and Rotation).
  • The rider begins to experiment with basic 360’s and 180’s.

Teaching Objectives:

  1. Review level two maneuvers
  2. Review Reasonability Code
  3. Learn to ride the Poma lift( use tug a dude); Practice lift unloading with foot out.
  4. Falling leaf both heel and toe side with confidence.
  5. Link skidded turns on gentle slopes to a stop.
  6. Practice fun quality miles.

Snowboard Class 4:

Required to pass Class 4:

  • Boarder is comfortable on all intermediate blue terrain (4 hill)
  • Can link turns and speed control speed with turn shape.
  • Skidded turns should be rhythmic.

Teaching objectives:

  1. Discuss park and freestyle safety, courtesy and etiquette.
  2. Inspect features and introduce the use of features.
  3. Introduce a Fakie (switch) riding.
  4. Achieve basic air off features
  5. Introduce Bumps, Crud, powder and other terrain.
  6. Introduce Carving.
  7. Explore edge angle
  8. Weighting of board

Snowboard Class 5

Required to pass Class 5:

  • Boarder is able to link more dynamic short and medium radius turns on black terrain (5&6)Hill
  • Rider displays quiet upper body with more angulations and edge control.

Teaching objectives:

  1. Retraction-extension ( short legs to long legs)
  2. Corridor turns ( turns made in specific corridor)
  3. Leapers (jump with an edge change)
  4. Hop turns( quick stops down the fall line)
  5. Turning off a bump or knoll, hourglass turns
  6. Freestyle (park)
  7. Air 180’s (frontside/backside)
  8. Explore various grabs.
  9. Beginning 360’s, switch riding, jumping and landing
  10. Explore more advanced features
  11. Carving
  12. Emphasize angulation (knee and hip position)
  13. Check hand position with respect to terrain
  14. Experiment with pressure and torsional flex.

Snowboard Class 6:

Required to pass Class 6:

  • Border can ride the entire mountain with confidence and ease, while working fine points of efficiency and turn shape and exploring the extremes of snowboarding. Instructors should encourage student to set new goals of achievement (i.e. instructing, ski patrol, adaptive, and industry involvement.)

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