PSIA level 2 exam

  1. In the exercise where you have you have students ski up one side of a bump and down the other side, try to have them:

    a) Feel gentle pressure under the ball of the foot as the ski starts up the bump
    b) Feel gentle pressure under the heel of the foot as the ski starts up the bump.
    c) Maintain light presure against the front of the boot as they travel over and down the bump.
    c) Maintain light presure against the front of the boot as they travel over and d) Maintain light presure against the back of the boot as they travel over and down the bump.own the bump.
    A&C This stance (aided by hands that are held loose and in front of the body) will help them to remain centered.
  2. A garland is:

    C) A series of direction changes that do not cross the fall line - garlands allow your students to work on the top and bottom of the turn.
  3. True or False - Relaxing the outside leg while presuring the inside ski during a turn will contribute to matching.
    False - relaxing the inside leg while presuring the outside ski will contribute to an easy match of the inside ski. After more practice, the inside ski should not only be relaxed but tipped toward the center of the turn
  4. Durning a lesson in new snow or powder, when you have your students slightly increase presure on the outside ski during the bottom of the turn, some will also slightly increase the amount they tip that foot leg, and ski inward. This movement will also cause:

    A) The edges to engage more - The side cut will also aid in the turn
  5. Why does the study guide suggest having your students try to squeeze the grips of their ski poles through the bottom of the turn, and relax their hands somewhat as they begin the turn?
    • - Relaxes them as they begin their new turn
    • - Takes their mind off of fear throughout the turn.
    • - Gives them a mechanical focus to occupy their attention
    • - When you relax your grip somewhat, you relax your whole body
  6. One disadvantage of leading your group in a line through the powder mentioned in the study guide is?
    They won't be skiing in fresh new snow.
  7. In new snow or powder, emphasize (a more gentle steering action or strong continuous steering)
    Strong continuous steeting
  8. In fresh snow or powder, you should have your students:

    B) Keep their skis in the fall line more than on hardpack
  9. Fresh snow offers (less or more) resistance than hardpack.
  10. True or False Steering only the outside ski when turning in powder can lead to crossed tips
    True - Try emphasizing inside leg steering throughout the turn
  11. If your students are having difficulty making the second half of a turn in powder, have them (increase or decrease) the presure on the outside ski starting in the fall line.
    Increase - This increased pressure will help to build better ski-snow interaction so the student's efforts to steer the skie are transmitted correctly. Make sure the student is not leaning toward the center of the turn.
  12. What effect, if any does progressively flexing during the second half of the turn have upon steering?
    Provides more steering power. Progressive flexion provides more steering power because more leverage is applied as the leg is bent.
  13. Choose one or more of the following -

    When teaching your level 4 students to initiate turns in powder, encourage them to:

    B) use patience
  14. In new snow or powder, leaning in the direction of the next turn will (increase or reduce) the presure on the new outside ski. This change in presure will (make it easier or make it more difficult) to initiate the new turn.
    Reduce , make it more difficult. - Leaning in the direction of the new turn can take too much pressure off the outside ski making it very difficult to start the turn. Make sure students are balanced on both feet at the top of the turn.
  15. If you steer wedge turns more actively for a slightly shorter period of time, they will become (larger or smaller) in size?
  16. True or false - As your level 4 students encounter the crest of a bump, they should actively be guiding their inside ski, foot and leg.
  17. You should excercise the most patience during turn initiation:

    a) In the bumps
    b) In powder
    c) On steeper terrain
    B - in powder or deeper snow
  18. True or False - In Level 4 skiers - you want to encourage a passive movement from ski to ski
    False - At this level of skiing, an active movement from one ski to the other is important because it represents one of the fundamentals of advanced skiing.

    Matching the skis higher in the turn requires an earlier commitment to the new outside (turning) ski and steering the inside ski more actively. Learning this develops balance and the ability to move from ski to ski.
  19. Thumper Turns:

    a) Require your students to be balanced over their inside ski while tapping their outside ski
    b) Require your students to be balanced over their outside ski while tapping their inside ski
    c) Help develop better pressure control
    d) Promote earlier matching
    B,C, & D
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PSIA level 2 exam
Exploring Natural Snow Conditions & Matching Skis Earlier in the Turn