Beginning Nordic
(Cross-country) Skiing

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BEGINNING NORDIC (CROSS-COUNTRY) SKIING (PEAC 1176A)

Department of Sport Science & Physical Education, Idaho State University

Cross-country Skiing Yellowstone NP

 

SUMMARY


Beautiful Day to Cross-country SkiCourse: Beginning Nordic (Cross Country) Skiing (PEAC 1177A-01)

 

Semesters: Spring Semester (1st  8 weeks)


Time: Wednesdays 1-4 p.m.  

Instructor:  Peter Joyce

Email:  joycpete@isu.edu

 

 

TEXT


“Cross Country Skiing Right”, by William Hall.  Two copies are available to preview in the Outdoor Program Office library.

 

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION


This course is a well-rounded introduction to Nordic (cross country) skiing, including an explanation of techniques, equipment, and safety considerations. It is the goal of this course to give students the basic skills and knowledge to safely enjoy and further explore the sport of cross country skiing on their own.

 

 

Fun on Cross-country SkisTARGETED STANDARDS

 

The Sports Science and Physical Education Department’s Outdoor Education curriculum at Idaho State is based on a foundation of five nationally recognized standards.  The following standard applies to this course:  

 

Standard #5  Outdoor Education Experiential Skills and Field Experience Outdoor educators understand the techniques, equipment and safety procedures associated with a variety of outdoor skills; have taken ample opportunity to learn, practice and refine outdoor skills; and have gained practical experience in leading outdoor activities and/or teaching outdoor skills.

 

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES


Objective 1 (Academic Objective): To gain an understanding of cold weather injuries of hypothermia and frost bite. 

Objective 1 Learning Outcomes – By the end of the course, students will:

1a.  Explain the mechanisms in which the human body produces and loses heat.
1b.  Describe the signs and symptoms.
1c.  Explain prevention and treatment.
1d. Describe how to dress using the layering system and explain the advantages of this system of dress.

Objective 2 (Academic Objective): To gain an understanding of the history of Nordic skiing, the evolution of Nordic ski design, and the function and use of accessory equipment. 

Objective 2 Learning Outcomes - By the end of the course, students will:

2a. Describe the development of the ski from ancient times to the present, including how ski design has changed over the years, and the progression of materials used in ski construction.
2b. Demonstrate the function of and the use of Nordic ski equipment including poles, boots, cable, three pin, and NNN bindings.

 

Objective 3 (Motor Skill Objective):  To develop basic motor skills in skiing.

Objective 3 Learning Outcomes – By the end of the course, students will:

3a.  Demonstrate several drills to improve balance, edging, propulsion and rhythm.
3b.  Demonstrate the technique for falling and getting back up.
3c.  Demonstrate the “classic: ski technique without poles.
3d. Demonstrate the “classic: ski technique with poles.

 

Objective 4 (Motor Skill Objective):  Learn techniques turning while skiing and for uphill and downhill travel.

Objective 4 Learning Outcomes – By the end of the course, students will:

4a.  Demonstrate two methods of turning while skiing (step and wedge).
4b.  Demonstrate two methods of skiing up hills (skins, herringbone, sidestep).
4c.  Demonstrate two methods of skiing downhill (straight run, wedge).
4d.  Demonstrate three methods of stopping while skiing (pole drag, hockey stop, falling).

 

Objective 5 (Motor Skill Objective):  To learn the importance of being prepared. Having the tools and materials to make equipment repairs, deal with first aid situations, start fires, and deal with the unexpected teaches students how to become self-sufficient rather than relying on others to provide of them.

Objective 5 Learning Outcomes – By the end of the course, students will:

5a.  Describe what should be in a repair kit.
5b.  Describe what should be in a first aid kit.
5c.  Describe what should be in a survival kit.
5d.  Build a preparedness kit.

 

GRADING

8 Week class POINTS Option:


100pts possible
10.0 pts per attendance & participation (8 classes = 80 pts)
20 pts for Final: Skill Assessment Test

GRADING SCALE (ISU SCALE)
A         93-100             C+       78-80               D-        63-65
A-        90-92.9            C         75-77               F          62-below
B+       87-89               C-        72-74
B         84-86               D+       69-71
B-        81-83               D         66-68

 

REASONABLE ACCOMODATION FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES


If you have a diagnosed disability or believe that you have a disability that might require “reasonable accommodation” on the part of the instructor, please call the Director, Center of Services for Students with Disabilities, 282-3599. As a part of the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is the responsibility of the student to disclose a disability prior to requesting reasonable accommodation. 

 

 

Physical EFFORT INVOLVED IN THIS CLASS:


This class takes place in the mountains and hills surrounding Pocatello. To participate, you need to be physically able to ski and/or hike over variable terrain for lengths up to five miles. You will also need to   be prepared to spend up to three hours outdoors in a variety of weather and temperature conditions.

 

 

COURSE SCHEDULE (ALIGNED WITH COURSE OBJECTIVES)

Course Segment

Topics / Skills

Objectives and Learning Outcomes

Segment 1

Lecture on equipment, clothing, cold weather injuries

Objectives 1, 2, 5
Learning Outcomes: 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d,
2a, 2b, 5a, 5b, 5c

Segment 2

Flat track techniques-diagonal (classic) stride, poling

Objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Learning Outcomes: 1d, 2b, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 4a, 5d

Segment 3

Uphill/ downhill techniques

Objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Learning Outcomes: 1d, 2b, 3b, 3d, 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, 5d

Segment 4

Mink Creek Nordic Center
Mid-term skills proficiency test

Objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Learning Outcomes: 1d, 2b, 3b, 3d, 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, 5d

Segment 5

Tour Mink Creek drainage

Objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Learning Outcomes: 1d, 2b, 3b, 3d, 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, 5d

Segment 6

Tour Mink Creek drainage

Objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Learning Outcomes: 1d, 2b, 3b, 3d, 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, 5d

Segment 7

Tour to yurt

Objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Learning Outcomes: 1d, 2b, 3b, 3d, 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, 5d

Segment 8

Final Skills assessment/ tour to yurt

Objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Learning Outcomes: 1d, 2b, 3b, 3d, 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, 5d

 


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