Intermediate Skiing - Alpine

Course Number: PE 184E
Transcript Title: Intermediate Skiing - Alpine
Created: May 7, 2014
Updated: June 10, 2016
Total Credits: 1
Lecture Hours: 0
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 30
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 2


PE 184D or equivalent.

Course Description

Continues improvement in safe, enjoyable skiing for students capable of beginning wedge christies. Includes skidded parallel turns of varying radii with control on intermediate and beginning/advanced terrain. Addresses variables of weather, snow conditions, and terrain. Recommended: PE 184D or equivalent. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Apply appropriate balancing, rotary, edging, and pressure control movements to ski on intermediate and beginning advanced terrain.
  2. Demonstrate four fundamental skills: pole use, active steering with both legs, varied turn shapes, and rhythm.
  3. Make parallel turns using a pole touch for rhythm and timing.
  4. Demonstrate safety techniques.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Performance appraisal
  • Skill tests

Course Activities and Design

Lecture, discussion, on-skis practice.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Skiing Skills

  1. Movement of the center of mass in the direction of the intended turn.
  2. Use of progressively narrowing wedge opening at the turn initiation.
  3. Pole use for improved balancing movements, timing and rhythm
  4. Active involvement of the inside leg in a turn to complement the actions of the outside leg.
  5. Rising and flexing movements as related to turn initiation and completion.
  6. Varying turn shapes on varying terrain.
  7. Parallel entry/parallel finish to the turns (open parallel)

Safety Aspects

  1. Introduce students to the Oregon Skier's Responsibility Code.
  2. Review of ski equipment and the proper operation of the binding system.
  3. Teach students the safe use of all lift systems, including chairlifts and surface tows, if applicable.
  4. Deal with varying weather conditions and proper preparation for outdoor winter activity.
  5. Introduce students to a variety of terrain as their skills allow.
  6. Utilize varying snow conditions as appropriate to expand skill application.
  7. Teach the relationship of turn shape to speed control and use higher speed in a safe manner.

Awareness/Appreciation of Skiing