Alpine skiing on slopes and off-piste is experiencing a steady change due to ongoing developments in the ski industry and in ski technology. The trend sport freeski has established itself amongst the youth - slopestylers and freeriders are obligatory in the ski resorts. However, elegant skiing and skiing for health are still very popular with guests from home and abroad. In order to meet the ongoing changes and developments in the ski industry, the Austrian Ski Instructor Association, together with the local ski instructor associations, has developed the Ski Instruction Teaching Plan.
The new Austrian Ski Instruction Teaching Plan - From Start to Perfection in Four Stages - is the Austrian snowsport instructors’ guideline for teaching practice. The contents of this curriculum form the basis for the introduction to the profession of Austrian snow sports instructor and is the basis for all snow sports instructor training in Austria, and thereby, also for Tirol’s ski instructors. The current Austrian Ski Instructor Plan comprises four stages, which leads the skier or snow sports instructors from start to perfection. The new Austrian ski teaching plan does justice to a modern and contemporary methodology and guarantees an optimum learning success through all teaching and learning phases.
Getting used to the equipment and to the restricted movement with the ski equipment. Walking, sliding and climbing in gentle, sloped terrain.
Balancing whilst sliding
Sliding with skis in plough position – braking and stopping
Downhill with direction change
Skiing on the uphill edges
Tilt away from edges – steering parallel skis whilst sliding
Changing direction by steering on the uphill edges
Simultaneous switching edges, turning and steering the skis as the basis for the parallel ski steering with long radii
Pole plant used as an aid for balance, weight transfer, turning and rhythm
Simultaneous switching of edges, turning and steering the skis with use of the pole plant
Rhythmic continuous turns with changes of direction in parallel short radii
Dynamic change of direction out of the steering pressure; situational ski control, sporty, forward-looking, adapted skiing in medium length and long radii.
Dynamic parallel ski steering in short radii with situation-responsive ski control.
Preparation for giant slalom; athletic safe skiing at high speeds on hard piste, carved turns in long radii
Carved direction changes with short radii with slalom carvers
Safe skiing on steep terrain
Controlled skiing through bumps with flexing and stretching turns - commitment to constant contact with the snow
Rhythmic, enjoyable skiing in deep snow
Skiing in formation; synchronous changes in direction and movement, also to music
From long turns on wide unspoilt slopes to short turns on steeper slopes (speed)
You will receive training with the main theme "alpine skiing" as well as an introduction to snowboarding and the latest trends. Other important topics include the pedagogically correct handling of children and an introduction to alpine safety.
Following a positive result in the Level 1 Ski Instructor examination and a successful qualification test, the next level is Snow Sports Instructor in "alpine skiing". Furthermore, you will receive training as a Level 1 Snowboard Instructor as well as training in telemark, the current trends and snow sports without handicap. Alpine education is an important part of the course.
Training in "alpine skiing" is perfected following successful completion of the Ski Instructor (Landesskilehrer) course as well as passing a qualifying test and takes place at the highest international level. Further qualification as a snowboard instructor is also included. Additional training content covers cross-country skiing and trend sports. The "Euro-Test" as well as a comprehensive alpine education ("Euro-Security") form part of the training programme for the Diploma/Graduate Ski Instructor course.
After successfully completing the Diploma/Graduate Ski Instructor course and passing a qualification test, the Ski/Snowboard Guide training is the last stage in the Austrian ski instructor education. An essential part of this course is alpine safety.