Skills, Drills & Thrills

Home 9 Skills, Drills & Thrills

What is the point of Skills & Drills? We need to make sure the youngest AOA ski racers are developing the right skills they need to progress, like edging, balancing, and pivoting.

How does it help coaches? The skills and drills worksheets below will help coaches teach young skiers all the skills they need while making it fun! Coaches will work primarily on stance and balance, which are the building blocks of making great skiers and great racers. Coaches will have access to key fundamental training priorities, including environment setting, evaluation, instruction, report cards, and tactics to prepare U10 and U12 athletes for a ski career journey.

How does it help athletes? Not only is Skills, Drills & Thrills fun, but athletes can test their skills against their peers “outside of the gates.”

What are the recommended Skills & Drills? The following 11 ‘test’ sheets are designed to be fun but challenging.  For some video examples click here for the AOA Skills, Drills and Thrills You Tube page for some video examples.


  1. Apex
  2. Free ski with pole usage
  3. Skating race
  4. Picket Fence
  5. Straight-run to sideslip
  6. Linked 360’s
  7. One ski skiing
  8. Outside ski turns
  9. Pole Jumpers
  10. Straight-Run-In-Wave-Track
  11. Side Slip Traverse