|To earn this merit badge doing downhill (Alpine) skiing, a Scout must:
- 1. Tell the meaning of the Skier's Responsibility Code. Explain why it is important to follow this code.
- 2. Explain the procedures use to report an accident to your local ski patrol at the area you usually ski.
- 3. Show how to use and maintain your own release bindings and explain the use of two others. Explain the international DIN standard and what it means to skiers.
- 4. Explain the American Teaching Method and a basic snow-skiing progression.
- 5. Explain and discuss the following:
- (a) Five types of Alpine skis
- (b) Telemark skis
- (c) Snowboards
- 6. Name five major ski organizations in the U.S. and explain their fuctions.
- 7. Explain the parts played by strength, endurance, and flexibility in Alpine skiing. Demonstrate excercises and activities you can do to get fit for skiing.
- 8. Do the following:
- (a) Present yourself properly clothed and equipped for Alpine skiing. Discuss how the clothing you have chosen will keep you warm.
- (b) Demonstrate two ways to carry skis and poles safely and easily.
- 9. Demonstrate how to ride one kind of ski lift and explain how to ride two others.
- 10. Explain the international trail-marking system.
- 11. On a gentle slope, demonstrate some of the beginning maneuvers learned in skiing. Include the straight run, gliding wedge, wedge stop, side step, and herringbone maneuvers.
- 12. On slightly steeper terrain, show linked wedge turns.
- 13. On a moderate slope, demonstrate five to ten christies.
- 14. Make a controlled run down an intermediate slope and demonstrate the following:
- (a) Short-, medium-, and long-radius parallel turns
- (b) A slide-slip and safety (hockey) stop to each side.
- (c) Traverse across a slope.
- 15. Demonstrate the ability to ski in varied conditions, including changes in pitch, snow conditions, and moguls. Maintain your balance and ability to turn.
To earn this merit badge doing cross-country (Nordic) skiing, a Scout must:
- 1. Tell the meaning of the Wilderness Use Policy. Explain why each skier must adopt this policy.
- 2. Explain why every skier must be prepared to render first aid in the event of a skiing accident. Tell the first aid measures for shock. Show how to apply splints.
- 3. Discuss hypothermia. Tell about symptoms and what action must be taken in the event of hypothermia.
- 4. Show your ability to select, use, and repair, if necessary, the correct equipment for ski touring in safety and comfort.
- 5. Discuss the basic principles of snow craft, including avalanches.
- 6. Demonstrate the basic principles of waxing for cross-country ski touring.
- 7. Discuss the differences between cross-country skiing, ski touring, ski mountaineering and Alpine skiing.
- 8. Explain the parts played by strength, endurance, and flexibility in Nordic skiing. Demonstrate excercises and activities you can do to get fit for skiing.
- 9. List items you would take on a one-day ski tour.
- 10. Present yourself properly clothed and equipped for a one-day ski tour. Discuss the correct use of your clothing and equipment.
- 11. Demonstrate the proper use of a topographic map and compass.
- 12. Show a degree of stamina that will enable you to keep up with an average ski-touring group your age.
- 13. On a gentle, packed slope, show some basic ways to control speed and direction. Include the straight run, traverse, side-slip, step turn, wedge stop, and wedge turn maneurvers.
- 14. On a cross-country trail, demonstrate effective propulsion by showing proper weight transfer from ski to ski, pole timing, rhythm, flow and glide.
- 15. Demonstrate your ability, on a tour, to cope with an average variety of snow conditions.
- 16. Demonstrate several methods of dealing with steep hills or difficult conditions. Include traverses and kick turns going uphill and downhill, side steps, pole drag, and ski=pole "glissade".
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