Technical Ski Exam
A Pass in this Examination is a Pre-requisite to the Ski Guiding Training Course. It is a Pass/Fail examination.
This is an assessment of personal skiing ability in a pass/fail situation. It covers off-piste skiing in difficult terrain and in a variety of challenging snow conditions.
Snowboarders are welcome on this course, however they must do Level 1 Ski course using a split board, and Level 2 Ski Course on skis.
Exemption: A successful pass on the Personal skiing evaluation section of the NZSIA Stage 2 Course or other overseas equivalent will be accepted as an equivalent pass to a Technical Ski Examination, subject to ratification by the Technical Subcommittee.
GUIDELINE TO STANDARDS
Participants are required to ski:
- Competently and safely in all snow conditions and on all terrain
- Short, medium, and long radius turns rhythmically and at all speeds.
Prime importance is placed on:
- Continuity of turns
- Speed control
- Blending of skills to match situation
- Technical consistency.
- Skiing skills should be sufficient to take part in a Ski Guide Level 1 Course and work as an Assistant Ski Guide.
- Participants are to ski/ride with a backpack of equivalent heliski guide pack Weight (7 kg)
- Course held primarily within or adjacent to ski area boundaries
Please see the video examples for required technique below.
At the end of the assessment, the assessor will provide a summary of strengths and needed improvements. The assessor will be looking at competent and safe skiing in all snow conditions and all terrain at a standard that will enable successful participation in a Ski Guide Level 1 Course.
Usually, this one day assessment will take place on a major ski field in July.
Each topic is marked pass or fail and all three must be passed. Each topic consists of a series of exercises. All criteria need to be passed to pass each topic. Falls and mistakes are only considered if they are due to a recurring technical problem, as opposed to a one-off error.
|1.1||Maintain a consistent turn radius as specified by the assessor.|
|1.2||Demonstrate a smooth transition from a series of long radius turns to short radius turns and back again.|
|1.3||Ability to emergency stop when riding at high speed.|
|1.4||Demonstrate linked pure carved turns.|
|Off-piste/steep/- difficult conditions|
|2.1||Linked short defensive turns maintaining constant control on slope over 45 degrees.|
|2.2||Maintain control and consistent progress in difficult conditions (including, but not limited to breakable crust, ice, avalanche debris, etc).|
|2.3||Linked turns in confined terrain including, but not limited to, chutes, gullies, couloirs, etc.|
|2.4||Move at high speed through difficult but appropriate terrain/conditions.|
|3.1||Participants demonstrate a high level of riding endurance throughout the day by maintaining control and pace, i.e. continuous riding and uphill fitness.|
|3.2||Judgement demonstrated in moving through unrideable terrain (e.g. kick turns in steep terrain, safe removal of gear, etc).|
|3.3||Judgement demonstrated on jumps and obstacles in steep terrain.|
ANALYSIS OF TOPICS
1. Skiing - free skiing
- Key skills: Exhibit rhythm, flow, and control in a variety of snow and terrain conditions; to have the ability to change technique to match conditions.
- Demonstration: Throughout the day in all terrain and snow conditions.
- Evaluation: Participants should be able to show speed control and balance appropriate to the conditions; linking of similar turns; ability to slow down and stop under any snow and terrain conditions.
2. Skiing - off-piste/steep/difficult conditions
- Key skills: Ability to ski defensively and in control; appropriate speed in difficult snow conditions such as breakable crust or ice; ability to handle steep terrain.
- Demonstration: Selected slopes.
- Evaluation: Ability to exhibit consistent stability on chosen terrain.
3. Skiing - situational performance
- Key skills: Ability to use appropriate blend of skiing skills and judgement in practical situations.
- Demonstration: Assessors will select relevant ski manoeuvres, for example, aiding a client in trouble, kick turns on steep ice, and emergency stops.
- Evaluation: To accomplish specific ski guiding related tasks in a skilled manner; to evaluate the participants’ situational judgment of their own ski abilities.