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Skiing Activity Badge – Explorer

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How to earn your badge

There are two parts to achieving this badge. Complete all the tasks in part one and then choose Option 1 or 2 for part two.

Skiing badge: part one

  1. Explain to an appropriate adult:
    • different types of skiing
    • snow blindness and how to avoid it
    • the importance of using sunscreen
    • dangers encountered on ski slopes and how a ski patrol would mark these
    • Fédération Internationale de Ski safety rules.
  2. Discuss:
    • the effects of extreme temperature in cases of frostbite, hypothermia, sunstroke, heat exhaustion and dehydration. Explain how they are avoided and treated.
    • the effects of snow sports on the mountain environment
    • further involvement in your chosen snow sport.

Skiing badge: part two

If you already hold the Snowlife Ski Award level five you don’t have to complete the options below to achieve the badge. If not, choose one from these two.

Option 1: Alpine skiing

  1. Demonstrate the following:
    • carrying your equipment safely
    • putting on and taking off your skis correctly
    • falling and getting up safely
    • skiing on the flat
    • getting on and off a chair lift correctly
    • using a beginners’ drag lift (button or T-bar)
    • three good warm up exercises – one each for upper, middle and lower body
    • diagonal sideslip (left and right) showing balance and control of edges
    • good stance and balance, such as lifting one ski while in motion
    • completing a slalom run through 12 open gates
    • skiing on rough or bumpy terrain
    • a basic jump or trick on the flat
    • how to use a resort piste map.
  2. Complete a free run down a moderate to hard slope (red) showing balance, control, good choice of line and awareness of other people on the slope.

Option 2: Ski touring

  1. Demonstrate each of the following:
    • carrying your equipment safely
    • putting on and taking off your skis correctly
    • three good warm up exercises – one each for upper, middle and lower body
    • double pole and stride
    • climbing uphill with tacking
    • diagonal sideslip to left and right
    • diagonal stride, full co-ordinated glide, stride and arm action
    • Sittonen skate step
    • step turns downhill through the fall line
    • basic telemark turns
    • basic parallel turns
    • changing stride
    • how to use a resort piste map
    • map and compass skills.
  2. Complete a free run down a moderate to hard slope (red) showing balance, control, good choice of line and awareness of other people on the slope.

The safety rules in chapter nine of Policy Organisation and Rules and the Adventurous Activity Permit Scheme apply when you’re attempting this badge.

 

 

 

 

Every individual  who undertakes an activity badge should face a similar degree of challenge and as a result some requirements may need to be adapted. It is completely  acceptable to change some of the requirements of the badges to allow individuals to access the badge (for example where there are special needs, cultural issues, or religious considerations to take into account) and the requirements outlined for activity badges do allow for some flexibility in order to obtain the badge. If you would like help or advice when considering adapting the requirements of a badge please contact UK Headquarters.

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