The All Mountain Team coaches follow standard PSIA/AASI coaching progressions to develop strong skiing and boarding skills. The ultimate goal of this program is to develop skiers and boarders who can enjoy all terrain and snow conditions in a safe, confident manner. These progressions include an emphasis on improving body awareness, along with introducing specific edging, rotary, and pressure movements.
Ski All-Mountain Team members move through a progression of instruction that allows them to move from wedge turns on beginner and low intermediate terrain, to wedge Christy or skidded parallel turns on intermediate terrain and ultimately mastering carved turns on intermediate and expert terrain. An emphasis will be placed on varying turn shape in response to changing conditions as well as developing proficiency skiing a variety of conditions such as moguls, powder, and trees. There will also be opportunity to be introduced to the Freestyle environment in our Cub or Kodiak Terrain Parks, with an emphasis on learning PARK SMART terrain park etiquette.
Snowboard All-Mountain Team members progress from using basic “S” turns to more dynamic turns focusing on turn shape and turn size to create different outcomes on the board. Using different techniques riders will learn how to safely navigate a variety of terrain including groomers, powder, steeps and trees. Riders will also be encouraged to be creative in their riding and find out what their individual style is. There will also be opportunity to be introduced to the Freestyle environment in our Cub or Kodiak Terrain Parks, with an emphasis on learning PARK SMART terrain park etiquette.
SkillsQuest is a cornerstone program of the Alpine Training System (ATS) designed to assist coaches with and to motivate and reward athletes in working toward and
improving abilities in the key areas of emphasis of the ATS. As its name implies, it represents a quest, or journey toward success in ski and snowboard competition, by focusing on skills, the critical components that make up a high performing ski and/or snowboard competitor. In its full build-out, it will include activities and competencies for skiing and snowboard skills, technique and tactics, conditioning, equipment preparation, performance psychology and athlete management.
Although the USSA Training Systems’ goal is to develop skiers and riders for world class competition, the fundamental skills embodied in this system comprise the critical foundation for expert skiing and riding whether it is for competition or pleasure.