Alpine Level 2

Overview and Prerequisites

Certified Level 2 instructors must be able to ski all green and blue terrain (including bumps and other un-groomed conditions) and groomed, moderate black terrain. Alpine Certified Level 2 instructors are expected to teach adults and children through the Intermediate Zone. According the PSIA Alpine Technical Manual, “Skiers in this zone can perform consistent parallel turns on beginner and easy intermediate terrain.”

The Alpine Level 2 Assessment involves three parts:
– An online written test
– A skiing assessment
– A teaching assessment

You must take and pass each portion. The online written test must be passed with at least a score of 80% prior to registering and attending the on-snow assessments. There is no requirement to take the ski or teach assessment prior to the other. The ski and teaching assessments take place separately. You may choose to take either the one-day assessments or the two-day coached assessments, or you may mix and match between both types.

You are also required to take a Level 2 prep clinic before attempting this assessment; one clinic allows you to take the skiing assessment and the teaching assessment once each. If you do not pass either segment of the exam, you will need to take another Level 2 prep clinic before attempting it again.

The skiing assessment is entirely focused on skiing while the teaching assessment includes video movement analysis, video teaching plan and on-snow teaching segments. This video segment includes beginner to intermediate level skiers (both kids and adults) and completion of the video movement analysis and teaching worksheet. Please refer to details of each below.

Written Exam

The Alpine Level 2 Written Exam is available anytime between October 1 and April 15 of each season. To sign up, please email (admin@psia-i.org) or call (801-942-2066) the office and give us your name, email address, level of test you wish to take, and a method of payment.

A link and a unique ID number will be sent to you via email within 24 hours. The test is 50 questions in 50 minutes, you will know your results upon completion. If unsuccessful the first time, you may make take it again after a 48 hour waiting period. If unsuccessful on the second attempt, you must wait until next season to take the test again.

Skiing Assessment

For the skiing assessment, you will be scored in two categories: Highlighted Fundamentals and Application of Fundamentals. Each category is used to assess your level of competence with the Skiing Fundamentals as written in the PSIA National Alpine Certification Standards for Level 2. Click here to view the scoresheet for this assessment.
Highlighted Fundamentals: you will perform five tasks. You must score a 4 or better in four tasks and a 3 or better in the fifth task to meet the standard.
– In the Application of Fundamentals category, there are three sub-categories: Basic Blending, Applied Skiing and Versatility. You will perform five tasks. You must score a 4 or better in four tasks and a 3 or better in the fifth task to meet the standard.
Basic Applied Skiing: Two tasks will be performed in this category.
Advanced Applied Skiing: Three tasks will be performed in this category.
– Versatility: there are four scored elements. Your performance in the five Application of Fundamentals tasks will be used to derive the scores in this category. You must score a 4 or better in three categories and a 3 or better in the fourth to meet the minimum performance standard.

Teaching Assessment

The day starts indoors with the video movement analysis and teaching worksheet. There are two portions of this sheet. It is highly recommended that you become familiar with this prior to the assessment.
– Part 1 of Worksheet – Movement Analysis: You will be assigned one skier to watch, one child or one adult and with a “student profile” to help you with some student characteristics. The MA portion is intended to show your technical knowledge of skiing and the CAP model. You will share your analysis with the group and answer brief questions by the examiners.
– Part 2 of Worksheet – Movement Analysis and Teaching: Using this section you will build your lesson plan as directed via the questions asked on the worksheet. In the one-day version of this assessment, there will be no coaching provided during either portion of this process other than reviewing and clarifying the worksheets. You are expected to be able to write your MA and build your teaching plan unaided.

On-snow Teaching Process
With the whole group together, each participant will present their lesson plan. Based on the plan of the examiners, all or part of the group may participate in the tasks the presenter has selected for their teaching segment. Candidates will each have 15 minutes to present their lesson plan. This is not a contrived teaching scenario. It is a presentation. Each candidate is simply showing and sharing the information generated during the indoor video movement analysis session. This style of presenting is quite different from teaching and should be practiced several times prior to the assessment day!

The Interview
After your teaching segment you will be “interviewed” for a few minutes. You may be asked questions about your technical focus, tasks/drills selected, terminology used, sequencing of components you presented – anything related to your teaching presentation. This usually takes no more than five minutes or a chair ride. Do not assume the questions are related to areas your examiners thought you presented poorly. At this time they are trying to assess your level of understanding relative to the teaching fundamentals.

Scoring
The components scored are listed on the scoresheet. The same scale is used as for skiing. You are allowed one score of 3 for each category on the score sheet and score a 4 in the remaining components.

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Price

Alpine Level 2 Written Exam: $20

One-Day Alpine Level 2 Assessment
(Ski or Teach): $120

Two-Day Alpine Level 2 Assessment
(Ski or Teach): $240