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What it takes to pass BASI L1

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I think someone asked this in another thread, so this is based on my experience passing 2 weeks ago. These are all my own thoughts/opinions so take them as that and hopefully some more experienced folk will chip in.

What I found very useful for me was spending some time before I committed with some L2 ski instructors who put me through my paces and gave me some good feedback.

In summary you need to be able to ski in the following styles 'on demand' and at a speed appropriate to that skiing technique. All these need to be demonstrated and skied with *very* good posture and balance:

Basic glide
snowplough glide
snowplough turn
snowplough parallel
basic parallel.

you need to understand what makes those turns work and be able to explain.

On top of that you need to be able to demonstrate good performance short turns and long turns with the skis carving through the last 2/3rs of the turn. You also need to be able to control your speed of longs and shorts using appropriate techniques.

You must also demonstrate you could run a class, ie make it safe, enjoyable, have good feedback, structure a lesson plan, review if at the end, as well as the basics of being professional in apperance, attitude and show improvement thru the week.

Folk that failed on my course 3( failed out of 9) failed to have good upper body management, ie shoulders turning during a turn. or inability to do some tasks on demand, ie high speed long carving turns. Of those that failed they did improve massively through the week, so I hope they felt it was time well spent.

That's a quick brain dump from me!

Interested in what others think??

Cheers,

Greg
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kitenski wrote:
Folk that failed on my course 3( failed out of 9) failed to have good upper body management, ie shoulders turning during a turn. or inability to do some tasks on demand, ie high speed long carving turns.


Interesting, and matches the L1 Snowboarding I did as my second discipline a couple of years back. I wondered how the ski & board stacked up against each other.

I did the old ski 'foundation' course which shows my age!
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kitenski, That was useful. Thanks.
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That's a good summary.
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 Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
Ankles I would like to add, it all starts there.
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kitenski, great review, and useful to others no doubt.
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 Then you can post your own questions or snow reports...
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Wow ...wish I'd seen this earlier
Thanks Kitenski
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