Skiing Activity Badge

The Skiing Activity Badge is being discontinued and is being replaced by the Snowsports Staged Activity Badge. You can continue to work towards and complete this badge before 31st January 2019. You can start working towards earning the new Snowsports Staged Activity Badge immediately.

There are two parts to earning the Skiing Activity Badge. Complete all of the tasks in the first part and then select one of the two options from part two.

Part One

Explain to an adult leader the following aspects of skiing:

  • Different types of skiing
  • Snow blindness and how to avoid it
  • The importance of using sunscreen whilst skiing
  • The dangers encountered on ski slopes and how a ski patrol would mark these
  • Federation Internationale de Ski safety rules

In addition to the above, you must discuss with your Explorer Scout Leader the effects of extreme temperature, frostbite, hypothermia, sunstroke, heat exhaustion, and dehydration. You must explain how these can be avoided and treated. You should explain how snow sports effect the mountain environment and demonstrate how you have furthered your involvement in it.

Part Two

If you already hold the Snowlife Ski Award level five then you do not have to complete the options below and can use that award as evidence of your skill.

If you do not hold the Snowlife Ski Award then you must select one of the two pathways below.

Alpine Skiing

You must be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Carrying your equipment safely
  • Putting on and taking off your skis correctly
  • Falling and getting up safely
  • Skiing on the flat
  • Getting on and off of a chair lift correctly
  • Using a beginners’ drag lift
  • Three good warm-up excersises: one each for upper, middle, and lower body
  • Diagonal side-slip showing balance and control of edges
  • Good stance and balance such as lifting one ski while in motion
  • Completion of a salalom run through at least 12 open gates
  • Skiing on rough or bumpy terrain
  • A basic jump or trick on the flat
  • How to use a resort piste map

In addition to the above,  you must be able to complete a free run down a red graded slope demonstrating balance, control, good choice of line and awareness of other people around you.

Ski Touring

You must be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Carrying your equipment safely
  • Putting on and taking off your skis correctly
  • Three good warm-up excersises: one each for upper, middle, and lower body
  • Double pole and stride
  • Climbing uphill with tacking
  • Diagonal side-slip to the left and right
  • Diagonal stride, full co-ordinated glide, stride and arm action
  • Sittonen skate step
  • Step turns downhill through the fall line
  • Basic telemark turns
  • Basic parallel turns
  • Changing stride
  • How to use a resort piste map
  • Map and compass skills

In addition to the above,  you must be able to complete a free run down a red graded slope demonstrating balance, control, good choice of line and awareness of other people around you.

Rules and Permits

You must ensure that you follow the rules in Chapter Nine of the Scout Association Policy, Organisation, and Rules (POR) and the Adventurous Activity Permit Scheme.

Flexibility

Where applicable, badge requirements may be adapted or altered according to the abilities of a young person. Scout Association rules for adjustment can be found in the Policy and Approach article at the Scout Association website.