SCOUTS - Be Prepared

Snowsports

The Scout must complete all the requirements in one of the following alternatives.

Alternative A - Alpine skiing

  1. Demonstrate each of the following:
    • How to carry equipment safely.
    • How to put on and take off skis correctly.
    • How to fall and get up safely.
    • Turn 360° on a flat surface.
    • Sidestep and herringbone up a slope using poles for stability.
    • Turn 180° on a slope using poles for stability.
    • How to get on and off a chairlift correctly.
    • How to use a beginners' draglift, either button or T-bar.
    • Traverse across a slope from left to right and right to left showing good body position, stance and use of edges.
    • Sideslip down a slope demonstrating control and use of edges.
    • Six linked snowplough turns showing control of the turn and speed.
    • Snowplough turns into a traverse showing good body position, stance and use of edges.
    • A no falls descent of an easy (green) slope, showing balance, control and stopping.
  2. Explain to the assessor:
    • The best places to stop on a slope.
    • The safety features of their equipment, such as bindings and brakes.
    • The importance of warm-up.
    • The correct clothing for different weather conditions, snow and artificial surfaces.
    • The correct procedures to follow in the event of an accident.
    • The importance of staying together when in a group.
  3. Discuss with the assessor:
    • The need for protective equipment.
    • The dangers of the mountain environment and how these are best avoided.
    • The FIS Safety Rules.
Alternative B - Nordic skiing
  1. Demonstrate each of the following:
    • How to carry equipment safely.
    • How to put on and take off skis correctly.
    • How to fall and get up safely.
    • Turn 360° on a flat surface using star turns.
    • Double pole push on a slight downhill slope.
    • Sidestep and herringbone up a slope.
    • Direct ascent uphill with walking glide on easy terrain.
    • Turn 180° on a slope using poles for stability.
    • Snowplough glide and brake.
    • Diagonal stride, walking step on the flat, with improved glide.
    • Traverse across a slope from left to right and right to left showing good body position and stance. Step up to stop.
    • Six linked snowplough turns showing control of the turn and speed.
    • A no falls descent of an easy (green) slope, showing balance, control and stopping.
    • Complete a short tour over varied terrain (about 2km).
  2. 2 Explain to the assessor:
    • The equipment they should carry with them when going cross-country.
    • The safety features of their equipment, such as bindings and skins.
    • The importance of warm-up.
    • The correct clothing for different weather conditions.
    • The correct procedures to follow in the event of an accident.
    • The importance of staying together when in a group.
  3. Discuss with the assessor:
    • The need for protective equipment.
    • The dangers of the mountain environment and how these are best avoided.
    • The FIS Safety Rules.
Alternative C - Snowboarding
  1. Demonstrate each of the following:
    • How to carry equipment safely.
    • How to put on and take off a board correctly.
    • Turn 360° on a flat surface with one and two feet attached.
    • Climbing up the slope, board on toe edge.
    • How to fall and get up safely.
    • Skating on the flat.
    • How to get on and off a chair lift correctly.
    • How to use a beginners drag lift, either button or T-bar.
    • Traverse across a slope from left to right and right to left showing good body position, stance and use of edges.
    • Falling leaf down a slope, toe and heel edges.
    • Six linked turns showing control of the turn and speed.
    • Turns into a traverse showing good body position, stance and use of edges.
    • A no falls descent of an easy (green) slope, showing balance, control and stopping.
  2. Explain to the assessor:
    • The best places to stop on a slope.
    • The safety features of their equipment, such as bindings and leash.
    • The importance of warm-up.
    • The correct clothing for different weather conditions, snow and artificial surfaces.
    • The correct procedures to follow in the event of an accident.
    • The importance of staying together when in a group.
  3. Discuss with the assessor:
    • The need for protective equipment.
    • The dangers of the mountain environment and how these are best avoided.
    • The FIS Safety Rules.
ASSGB/BASI One and Two Star qualify for the appropriate Alpine, Nordic or Snowboard section. In France an equivalent level would be the ESF Falcon and One Star. In Italy an equivalent level would be the Scuola Italiana di Sci, One and Two Star Bronze.