Two Skate is the technique used when the slope of the terrain varies from flat to slightly downhill and the skier has already generated quite a bit of speed. It is a technique that is commonly used when the skier is interested in maintaining speed as opposed to accelerating. This technique should be practiced and assessed on flat or gradual up/downhill terrain.
Criteria for achieving the Two Skate award:
Below is the list of the most important skills and benchmarks that make up perfect execution of the Two 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 Two Skate can be found at: http://www.cccski.com/getmedia/907d831d-456a-4943-9e8c-5b1c12debbf1/TA-criteria---Two-skate-_oct-22,-2014_.pdf.aspx.