Germany – “The Model of Movement for describing techniques of snowboarding”

The first thing I learned about ski instruction in Germany is that there are multiple organisations that certify ski instructors in Germany. Today’s presentation was presented by snowboarders from the German Ski Association – Deutscher Skiverband (DSV), also attended by a snowboard representative from the German Ski Instructors Association – Deutsche Skilehrerverband (DSLV).

The German (DSV) model is elegant in its simplicity and usefulness as a descriptive and analysis tool.

3 Points to their Model of Movement:

1. Position — the Germans have a base athletic position they teach to beginners and new instructors, but very quickly their system emphasizes riders changing the position to be specific to personal preference and the task the rider wants to acccomplish.

Any position is suitable as long as it allows riders to accomplish their task; although they emphasized that most of their corrections when teaching come from position faults.

2. Actions — this covers all movement patterns that move the snowboard. Starting from ground up, these are:

  • ankle dorsiflexion/plantarflexion,
  • lower joints: vertical/along the length of snowboard,
  • rotational and counter-rotational from hip joint, hips and body,
  • head and eyes: controlling and stopping rotation, planning line and making decisions.

3. Regulations — these are movements a rider does not intend but just keep a rider upright. These are neither good nor bad, but are a key analysis tool. When you’re a beginner the regulation movements you make are very large as you get better the regulation movements should become smaller and smaller.

To apply this model to movement analysis an instructor looks for Regulation movements as well as ability to perform the task. If the Regulations are detrimental to the rider’s performance, then the first step is to provide improvement to Position. After that (or if Position is not the cause of the negative Regulations), then an instructor will focus on improving Actions with a focus from the snowboard up.

Fun fact: the Germans will usually use “frontside and backside turns” instead of “toeside and heelside turns”.

K.S.I.A. — Team Korea

I made turns (and took breaks) with the Korean snowboard delegation all morning. They’re not running or really attending clinics because of the language barrier and that was how my morning went: not much talking. Lots of pointing, posing and demonstrating.

This was my morning:


It was awesome.

So where is Levi, Finland??

Levi is a fell located in Finnish Lapland, and is the largest ski resort in Finland.

At a latitude of 67.8° north, it is located 170 km north of the Arctic Circle. The snowboard season in Levi is fairly long: from October to mid-May. Levi has about 3 weeks without daylight in December, and the hill is lit with spectacular rainbow light shows. However, it’s now March and past the vernal equinox, so we’re enjoying over 12 hours of sunshine daily — although temperatures are still forecasted to be cold -25°C overnight and -9 to -5°C during the days.

This week the forecast for solar activity is also very high, and the CASI Interski Team was welcomed on our arrival into Kittilä airport last night by a spectacular display of the Northern Lights.