Terrain Based Learning™
The Flats

Step 1The Flats

Ski

Develop Athletic Stance & Balance

Equipment Check – Tighten your boots, clear snow from the bindings and boots and insert boot toe first into the binding.

Athletic Stance – Stand Tall with Ankles, Knees, and Waist flexed (like a soccer goalie’s ready stance).

Movements – With two skis on, flex your knees and get small, extend and get tall, lean from one foot to the other, lean over tips and tails of your skis, hop, pivot, play!

Skating – Start by shuffling your skis across the flats. Try walking like a duck by making a V with your skis (Don’t let your tails cross)

Ready to move on – When you feel confident moving in your skis.

Snowboard

Develop Athletic Stance & Balance

Equipment Check – Tighten laces, clear snow from the bindings and put your heel into your right binding. Secure your ankle strap first then, your toe strap.  Then repeat with your left foot and binding.  Note: You may find this easier to do this sitting down until you develop your snowboarding balance. 

Athletic Stance – Stand with your knees and ankles flexed, back straight, weight balanced on the balls of your feet, and your head turned in the direction you want to go. (like preparing to make a free throw in basketball)

Movements  – With your board on, flex your knees and get small, extend your knees and get tall, lean from one foot to the other, over the tip and tail of your board, pressure from toe to heel and heel to toe, hop, pivot, play!

Skating – With one foot out of its binding (this will become your back foot), make small pushes to scoot yourself around in the direction of your front foot.  Don’t let your pushing foot travel past your back binding to stay in control.  You can push with your free foot in front of or behind your snowboard.  If you’re on a slope, dig in your uphill edge to stay in control. 

Ready to move on – Once you feel comfortable and balance while strapped into your board and you can skate with confidence.