NZSIA Ski E-Learning and Manual

NZSIA have developed various online e-learning courses. These resources can be accessed through your member profile, or directly here (login is still required)… Ski E-Learning

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Trainers Cert. Articles

The articles below have been written by instructors and examiners when going through their Trainer’s Cert process. They are vast and varied however, the topics discussed may not be the exact opinion of the NZSIA, but they present many great learning opportunities nonetheless.

Park Stance vs Alpine Stance

By Cam Robertson, 2006. I am writing this article in hope of raising awareness of a 'good park stance' through comparing the fundamental functional similarities between alpine and park stances. After many years (man I must be getting old to say that) in the ski...

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Technical Understanding of Skier Analysis

Technical understanding of skier analysis: Throughout my own personal training and professional instructing, I have always used myself and peers, to model and assess skier analysis.  Without confident and accurate assessment of your own movement patterns, you are not...

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High Performance Skiing Model

By Jon Ballou, 2006. In recent years the international concepts of what defines 'good skiing' in the context of high performance on prepared (groomed/hard) snow have become noticeably similar. In conversations with current examiners, coaches, athletes and instructors...

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Catch the Toe-to-Toe & Heel-to-Heel Fever

By Jesse Druxerman, 2010. Toe-to-toe and heel-to-heel are advanced riding tasks and possible riding requirements for the Level 3 and Trainers Certification courses.  These tasks require refined balancing, edging and rotational skills and a smooth blending of all 4...

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Trainer Jargon

By Mark Perana Have you heard the term progressively edge or progressively pressure the edge? I think I know what the person saying it means, but is that what our student thinks it means? Let’s talk about the word Progressively, it describes how something is done....

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Promoting Safety Through Snowsports Instruction

By James Smith, 2007. As Snowsports Instructors our most important priority is to keep our guests and ourselves as safe as possible. New Zealand is home to some great skiing. This attracts many visitors to kiwi ski areas. There is limited ski area acreage for these...

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Basic Freestyle

Basic freestyle Flat land Manoeuvres Switch skiing (reverse wedge or parallel) Flatland 180’s Flatland 360’s Boot skiing Butters Nose Presses Tail Presses Box Progression...straight glides 50/50 Find suitable feature (box) close to ground about 2x length of a kids...

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The End Of An Era, The Start Of An Epoch…

By Bob Irwin, 2007. Exploring the sequential developments in ski equipment and techniques. Borne out of necessity and then turned into a recreational pursuit, skiing is still an exciting and evolving industry. The evolution of ski teaching along with the manufacturing...

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Function or Form

By Ben Adams, 2007. Often, ski racing turns will be completed with less than perfect form as function (skiing fast) is more important than looking pretty, however a good skier makes for a good ski racer and good form should be strived for in training as well as...

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The Forces In A Dynamic Parallel Turn

By Anne-Marie Robertson, 2007. Understanding the forces involved in a dynamic ski turn and how these relate to modern ski design helps to explain why we make the movements we do to maximize ski performance. A ski pointed straight down a fall line will accelerate...

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The Challenges For First Time Skiers

By Toby Arnott, 2007. Ski Instructors are consistently challenged throughout their careers by the first time skier. The instructor will be challenged by terrain available, the weather conditions and the student's ability. For most instructors level one or first time...

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Carving vs Skidding

By Steve Trout, 2007. Contemporary ski technology has afforded both instructors and students the opportunity of experiencing the pleasure and exhilaration of dynamic carved turns. When it comes to teaching skiing however, there exists widespread student...

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