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any games for kids to get them to do side slipping?

post #1 of 7
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there have been really great suggestions in the forums for things like thousand steps and making railroad tracks and pretending to be planes etc. but what do you more creative instructors do to get kids to do a lot of side slipping? The only thing I am imagining is to maybe try to play red light green light while side slipping, would that work and would love to hear if there are tried and true games/fun ways.

thanks.
post #2 of 7

What's your intent and goal for these side slips?

 

side slips in and of them selves are pretty boring. If you have a goal or end in mind I have lots of thoughts on how to make them more fun.

 

Also what age are you thinking..

post #3 of 7

Hockey Stops then hockey slows.  Challenge them to drag the slide of the "slow" out.  Have them slide out of the bottom of a turn.  Tell them to pretend they are smearing peanut butter.  Falling leaf works as a great to.

post #4 of 7

As far as games go, you could try side slip racing. As far as creativeness goes, hockey stops are my usual go to. But strange as it may seem I do also use a flat spin 360 drill that starts as two linked uphill turns to a stop. If you finish a turn until you are pointed all the way back uphill and release to ski backward down the hill and then backward turn all the way to another uphill stop, you've done a drawn out flat spin 360. From there it is easy to progress to a "tighter" skidded 360 (which is just side slipping in a circle no?). Also try side slipping on 1 ski and side slip drifts. A 2 corridor falling leaf with a 180 in the middle often makes side slips slightly more interesting for kids.

post #5 of 7

what always works for me is I take one of them and draw a big smiley face in the snow right below them and tell them they have to erase it by side slipping over it.  Suddenly they can do it beautifully and the other kids will be begging for me to draw smiley faces for them too.

post #6 of 7

I use the "Chalkboard/eraser" game, too. Works like a charm. 

post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
just wanted to say thanks, chalkboard/erase game was a huge hit!
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