Author Archives: Freedom Snowsports
A Model for Learning Movements & Skills
Skills for skiing
Some people are born with being able to sprint fast or other talented gifts. Such as being able to obtain skills for skiing effortlessly. But what about those who are not blessed with these abilities and genetics. I am a professional and I am going to tell you that its possible to teach these things, and all motor skills. By first understanding how we learn movement patterns and skills. Which brings me to the Fitts and Posner Three Stage model of acquiring a motor skill. While there are different learning styles to which individuals process and understand information. The process we go through when acquiring motor skills is similar for everyone. Even though motor skills vary widely in type and complexity, such as skills for skiing. The acquisition process is still similar for all. Paul Fitts (1964, Fitts & Posner, 1967) proposed three stages (or phases) of acquiring a motor skill: the cognitive, associative, and autonomous stages (see the table below).
1st Stage of Skill Development
Workout Routine for Skiers
The most effective way to keep developing your skiing performance without being on the mountain, is in the gym. Here we share with you a specially crafted physical training routine for performance skiing. Created using a periodisation approach to change your body into a skiing machine. The routine details 4 main periods followed by maintenance and development. Each period focuses on building different strengths that build upon the advantages of the last. The training program below details the periodisation and intensity first. Followed by detailing the split routines for each period.
Here’s a downloadable copy of the strength and conditioning routine.
Ski Area Map
Here is our handy google resort map for St Gervais, Megeve, and Les Contamines. Enable location services on your phone and use it as a GPS piste map to guide you around the ski area, restaurants, and our lesson meeting points. Alternatively if you are looking for our Chamonix map click through to our meeting point piste map of Chamonix.
Hint: click on the icons to see its details, phone numbers, and directions.
Megeve & St Gervais Ski Areas – Freedom Snowsports Meeting Points
At the centre of the Evasion ski area is Megeve. The Evasion ski area is comprised of 3 main areas; Megeve, St Gervais, and Les Contamines. We explain some of the details about each of the ski areas in the map above (click on the icons), and also below in plain text.