One Skate is used on flat and gradual uphill terrain and is the most powerful skating technique. It is used when the skier is moving too quickly to use Offset but still too slowly to be using Two skate. In competitive skiing, the One Skate technique is usually used to accelerate (for instance, at the start and finish of a race) or to maintain a high speed in situations that permit this powerful technique to be used effectively and efficiently. This technique should be practiced and assessed on flat or a gradual uphill terrain.
Criteria for achieving the One Skate award:
Below is the list of the most important skills and benchmarks that make up perfect execution of the One Skate technique. L2T stage skiers are not yet expected to perform each of those skills perfectly, but they should be able to perform the technique well overall, ie with ease for a prolonged time.
The technique checklist below is meant to assist you in your assessment of your participants’ skill level. To deserve the award, a skier should be able to perform most skills autonomously and on a regular basis. Not more than two particular skills may necessitate corrective feedback from the coach in order for the skier to perform the skill adequately.
Evaluator Checklist for One Skate can be found at: http://www.cccski.com/getmedia/a3a0da1e-a492-4885-9122-22d436f9f909/TA-criteria---One-skate-_oct-22,-2014_.pdf.aspx.