Lessons

Adult ski lessons

Adult ski lessons are available for all levels of ability, please enquire via our contact us page or you can look to book a place online at our SHOP. There is a high demand particularly at the start of season and just before February half term. Lessons are available starting in late September, November and at selected times in the New Year every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. Friday evenings and all day Saturdays are set aside for Children's Ski lessons.

You only pay for the lessons you attend - no advance payments necessary.

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Snowboarding Lessons

Snowboard lessons for beginners are available on Tuesday evenings between 6-7pm and need to be booked.  Ask for availability and dates here.

Kendal Snowsports Club runs a weekly programme of courses for adult and junior skiers as well as snowboarding. Adult beginners ski lessons and Prices pages.

Children’s Ski Class Information

The children’s Saturday morning classes are ten, one hour classes throughout the morning.  All instruction is by qulified UKSS volunteer instructors.  The instructors are continually assessed and have development training under the governing body Snowsport England. Classes cover all abilities from absolute beginners onward and we grade the classes on a star basis: ages 7 and up are 1 Star – Beginners, 2 Star – Intermediates through to 3 & 4 Star for more advanced levels. Certificates and badges are attained and given to each child whey they attain their required standard. Please note that the 4 Star session are held on Saturday evenings.

Due to demand there is always a waiting list, please contact us with name of child, DOB and contact details to join the queue.

KSC Children’s Award Scheme

The KSC Award Scheme is as far as possible consistent with the UK Snowlife Awards. The equivalent Snowlife is shown for each level.

1. Assessment to be based on demonstrating the aim plus performing a few specified exercises. Other observational activities used as a checklist for instructors.

2. Awareness of Ski-Way code and general Health & Safety issues will be mandatory and will generally be covered during off-slope time.

Proficiency Award

Snowlife 1* (Put skis on/off, climb and ski down short ski run.

Control speed by ploughing)

Aim:

Demonstrate good balance and posture in a schuss & snowplough glide.

 

No

Task Description

Observation

Criteria

1

Put on and take off own skis, get up from fall on slope

 

2

Step up the slope using the edges of the skis to 1st get-off

 

3

Use rope tow to 1st get-off consistently without falling, know what to do in event of self or other skier falling

 

4

Turn into fall line and make straight descent without fall

Flat skis; hips above feet.

5

Turn through 180o on slope without losing height

 

6

Descend in snow plough glide maintaining shape of plough

Plough formed by leg rotation.

Good posture, Straight line, no upper body tension.

7

Snow Plough to a stop on gentle terrain

NOT a wide emergency stop

8

Perform 3 of the following exercises in schuss

 

 

a. Heads, shoulders, knees and toes

Balanced over ski. Appropriate flexing. Eye line

 

b. “Walking down slope” lifting heels of skis alternately

Balance over ski, appropriate flex

 

c. Ducking under bar

Flexing, eye line

 

d. Catching and throwing object during single run

Remain balanced

 

e. Run with 2 bunny hops – lifting heels of skis together

Good posture throughout.

 Assessment is based on demonstrating the aim plus performing 3 exercises.

(The proficiency award should be achievable after 5-10 lessons.)

One Star Award

Snowlife 2* & 3*( 2*Plough turning, wider & narrower turns, 3*  Linked turns practicing plough parallel )

 Aim:

Demonstrate versatile snowplough linked rounded turns.

(From the top of new slope).

 

No

Task Description

Observation Criteria

1

Use rope and button tow to middle get-off consistently without falling, know what to do in event of self or others falling

Manages lifts most times

Can manage falls from lift unaided

Does not get on lift if not clear, considerate to others

 

2

Schuss in straight run from 1st get-off

Symmetrical, skis hip width apart, relaxed body position, flat skis. Hips above feet.

3

Snowplough run varying width of plough several times during run and coming to a stop at a planned point

Snowplough formed and adjusted by leg turning. (Without much leg extension)

4

Stop in snowplough, starting run with straight skis and stopping at marked point or on signal

 

5

Snowplough turns: 6 linked turns through marked course from 2nd get-off remaining in control throughout

Good posture.

No upper body tension

Symmetry

6

Traversing: 4 linked traverses with parallel skis during traverse and 3 snow plough turns.

In balance

7

Be able to absorb bump or roller when skiing straight over at reasonable speed

Balance with hips over feet, adjusting before/after roller

8

Perform 4 of the following:

 

 

a. Ski under and over bar in schuss

Eye line, don’t sit back

 

b. Small jump off roller or bump in control

Pop of roller by extending

 

c. Step over rope or line on mat and back

Remain balanced

 

d. Snow plough drifts /Crabbing

Upper body facing down fall line

 

e. 3 bunny hops

Remain balanced

 

f. Balance on one ski during straight run from ½ height of nursery slope

Both feet attempted

 

Assessment is based on demonstrating the aim plus performing 4 exercises.

Achievable after 15-20 lessons

 Two Star Award

Snowlife 4* (Polished plough parallel, balanced against outside ski earlier in turn, turns fluid & “S” shaped, skis parallel before middle of each turn)

Aim:

Demonstrate polished plough parallel turns. (Carrying poles).

 

No

Task Description

Observation Criteria

1

Make at least 2 traverses linked by plough turns

 

2

Stop from Traverse

Parallel skis & stop in defined distance & At right angles to slope.

3

Stop from Schuss

Ditto

4

Stop from Run of Turns at Signal

Ditto (At “Practice” level)

5

Plough Parallel Turns

Support on outside ski – show extension and edge change & turning of inner ski.

6

Side slip

Rolling edges of both skis

7

Balanced little “pop”

Over bottom mogul.

8

Absorb lower moguls/ridge (flex/extend)

For 2* starting at 3rd highest mogul OR ridge on new slope. Using constant pressure and full contact with mat.

8

Controlled descent of course with markers on:  main piste,

Turning is “S” shaped, skis naturally want to become parallel in or even before the middle of each turn (the fall line).

9

Basic mogul skiing

Snow plough/plough parallel in easy line.

10

Turn on bank around markers

 

11

Perform 3 exercises

Stepping 1000 steps

Ski backwards

Single ski

Jump with skis parallel to slope on landing

Skating

etc

 

 Assessment is based on demonstrating the aim plus performing 3 exercises.

 

 

(This could be expected to be achievable in 20 weeks after the 1* award with good ability.)

  

Three Star Award

Snowlife 5* (Basic parallel turns)

Aim:

 Demonstrate rounded S shaped basic parallel turns. (Carrying poles).

 

No

Task Description

Observation Criteria

1

Make at least 4 traverses linked by plough turns

 

2

Stop from Traverse

Parallel skis & stop at marker in defined distance & remaining at right angles to slope.

3

Basic Plough Parallel

Support on outside ski – show extension and edge change & turning of inner ski.

6

Side slip

Rolling edges of both skis

7

Balanced little “pop”

Over bottom mogul.

8

Absorb lower moguls/ridge (flex/extend)

For 2* starting at 3rd highest mogul OR ridge on new slope. Using constant pressure and full contact with mat.

8

Controlled descent of course with markers on: a) main piste, b) terrain with skis parallel

Show a controlled “S” shaped descent from top, completing turn and with simultaneous edge transfer.

9

Basic mogul skiing

Basic Plough Parallel in easy line.

10

Turn on bank around markers (1 metre up)

Remain in balance

11

Perform all exercises

Stepping 1000 steps

Ski backwards

Single ski turns

Jump with skis parallel to slope on landing.

Skating in a straight line.

 

 Assessment is based on demonstrating the aim plus performing all exercises.

 

(This could be expected to be achievable a full season after 2* award.)

Four Star Award

Snowlife 6* -7*( 6* Parallel turns with  pole plants,  “S” shaped turns. 7* Well coordinated pole plants on challenging slope)

Aim:

Demonstrate basic parallel turns with pole plant; basic short radius turns with pole plant, and mogul skiing.

 

No

Task Description

Observation Criteria

1

Short radius turns with pole plant ( 8 continuous)

Showing rounded turns (“S”)

2

Mogul skiing (plough parallel) One fast run & one slow run

Basic swing down very easy line (Outside moguls)

3

Skidded parallel turns with pole plant

Showing control of pressure/edging & turning

4

Stop – during run (at signal) across slope

Remain balanced

5

Do slalom course - 6 gates.

Good speed & posture

7

Jump turn on bank

Don’t lose height??

8

Single ski turn

Uphill ski start

Downhill ski start

Make a turn on one ski – both feet!

Keep other foot off matting. Minimum upper body rotation

9

Carving

Turn initiated by simultaneous edge change.

10

Jump off rollers. (From off rampette)

Showing good posture & balance.

11

Perform 10 from 20  exercises

See list after 5* award

 

 

 

 

Assessment is based on demonstrating the aim plus performing 10 from 20 exercises in 5* award.

 

( This award could be expected to be achievable after a full season following 3* award.)

Five Star Award

Snowlife 8* (Rhythmical short radius turns with pole plant on steep & narrow run. Roll from edge to edge to change direction (carving). Rhythmical medium radius turns. Note Snowlife suggests this to be done on snow)

Aim:

Demonstrate short radius turns with pole plant, slalom course; demo rounded carved turns, control speed & line through moguls with parallel skis using pole plant in moderate line.

 

No

Task Description

Assessors Criteria

1

Railing - Carving

Turn initiated by edge change.

2

Short radius turns (with pole plant)

Showing rounding off turns and appropriate use of pole plant.

3

Mogul skiing parallel with pole plant

 

4

Long radius turns, skidded and carved.

Demonstrating ability to vary the degree of skidding from 100% to zero.

 

5

Perform “slalom” course - 8 gates.

Varying offset of gates

6

Perform 15 from 21 exercises listed below

 

                       

Assessment is based on demonstrating the aim plus performing 15 from 21 exercises.

 

This award could be expected to be achievable after a full season following 4* award.

 

Exercises

Foot–to-foot exercise

Short Swing exercise

Jump skis in/out of plough

Change direction in reverse plough,

Chinese snowplough

Shuffle feet when skiing across slope,

Push feet forwards when skiing across slope,

Bunny jumps when skiing across slope

Backward skiing matching skis at end of turn,

Ski 360 deg.

Run while turning .

Lead partner through funnel,

Pull a star jump, twister or grab,

One legged outside ski turns.

Stem turn,

Parallel step turn,

Ski backwards semi parallel turns 

1000 steps.

Ski backwards parallel turns at least 4 linked,

Pull 180 deg jump across slope,

Skating turns when accelerating

                                                                                                           

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