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Absolute Beginner Classic

BEFORE
  • Clothing and equipment
  • Basic waxing
  • Warm up
DURING
Flat area
  • Balancing on each foot
  • Putting skis on
  • Falling and standing up
  • Star turn
  • Balancing on each ski
  • Walking with skis and poles
  • Coordinate arms and legs
Hill (very gentle)
  • Straight running
  • Side-stepping
  • Herring bone
  • Basic snow plow and very gentle hill
AFTER
  • Trail etiquette
  • Choice of trails
  • Skiing with a partner

Beginner Classic

BEFORE
  • Clothing and equipment
  • Basic waxing
  • Warm up
DURING
Flat area
  • Balancing on each foot
  • Putting skis on
  • Falling and standing up
  • Balancing on each ski
  • Skiing with glide
  • Skiing without poles
  • Classic technique
    • Coordinate arms and legs
    • Weight shift
    • Forward lean
Hill
  • Straight running
  • Herring bone
  • Snow plow and steeper hill
AFTER
  • Trail etiquette
  • Choice of trails
  • Skiing with a partner

Intermediate Classic

BEFORE
  • Warm up
DURING
Flat area
  • Classic technique
    • Coordinate arms and legs
    • Weight shift
    • Forward lean
    • Preload
    • Arm follow-through
  • Changing lanes / stepping out the tracks
  • Double pole
    • Flexed arms
    • Bend at waist
    • Arm follow-through
Hill
  • Snow plow on steep hill
  • Uphill diagonal
  • Snow plow turn
AFTER
  • Trail etiquette

Advanced Classic

BEFORE
  • Warm up
DURING
Flat area
  • Classic technique
    • Complete Weight shift
    • Forward lean
    • Strong preload
    • Extended glide
    • Complete arm follow-through
  • Changing lanes / stepping out the tracks
  • One-step double pole
    • Flexed arms
    • Bend at waist
    • Kick on glide ski
    • Arm follow through
    • Alternate sides
Hill
  • Snow plow turn
  • High speed step turn
AFTER
  • Trail etiquette

Beginner Skate

BEFORE
  • Equipment and waxing
DURING
  • Free skate
  • Offset

Intermediate Skate

  • Two skate
  • One skate

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