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Snowsports Staged Activity Badge

This new badge was introduced from 26 January 2018, in response to feedback from members. For more information about programme updates, please click here. 

Please note that corrections were made to this page on 30 January 2018, to reflect changes to stages 2, 3 and 4, as a result of pre-launch checks. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Snowsports - stage 1

How to earn your badge

  1. Identify different types of snowsports.
  2. Name three places you could safely take part in snowsport activities.
  3. Take part in a warm up activity to prepare you for a snowsport activity such as skiing or snowboarding. This should be an appropriate warm up for your upper, middle and lower body.
  4. Dress properly for your chosen activity. Show you know the importance of helmets and how to put one on correctly.
  5. Take part in a taster session that covers:

Top tips

You can do most of these steps without actually taking part in a snowsport activity on either a natural or artificial slope. But we think it's best to do them as part of a practical activity.

Your leader should be able to find lots of support on the National Governing Body websites for Snowsport England, Snowsport Scotland and Snowsport Cymru Wales.

More support for disability snowsports can be found on the Disability Snowsport UK website.

Snowsports - stage 2

How to earn your badge

Before you attempt Stage 2, you need to have completed all the steps for Snowsports Stage 1. You then need to complete all the steps outlined below.

  1. Identify the equipment you require and know how to carry it safely.
  2. Climb and then ski or snowboard down a short run, or go on a short cross country ski.
  3. Show you can make wide and narrow turns.
  4. Show you can stop and wait safely on a run avoiding other users of the slope, or stop safely if doing cross county skiing.
  5. Demonstrate how to safely use a drag lift or magic carpet for downhill skiing or snowboarding.
  6. Know how to safely fall and get back up onto your feet.


Top tips

You can do most of these steps on either a natural or artificial slope.

This badge can be completed doing cross country skiing as the activity, in which case element 5 should be replaced with the ability to identify a suitable route.

Your leader should be able to find lots of support on the National Governing Body websites for Snowsport England, Snowsport Scotland and Snowsport Cymru Wales.

More support for disability snowsports can be found on the Disability Snowsport UK website.


Snowsports - stage 3

How to earn your badge

Before you attempt Stage 3, you need to have completed all the steps for Snowsports Stage 2. You then need to complete the following:
 

  1. Identify hazards of the mountain environment.
  2. Show you understand what to do in the event of an accident.
  3. Show you know and understand the ‘Ski Way Code’ published by the International Ski Federation (The F.I.S.)
  4. Understand the effects of extreme temperature in cases of frostbite, hypothermia, sunstroke, heat exhaustion and dehydration. Explain how they are avoided and treated.
  5. Choose and complete two of the following:


If you have achieved The Scout Association Personal Activity Permit for Snowsports, you can automatically gain this badge.

Snowsports - stage 4

How to earn your badge

Before you attempt Stage 4, you need to have completed all the requirements to gain Snowsports Stage 3 in your chosen discipline. You then need to complete the following:

  1. Show you understand what equipment to carry for the different two types of activity you may undertake (a single lesson, day on the hill, expedition in the woods, off-piste experience, session at a snow park)
  2. Show how to look after yourself and others in the event of not being able to return down the mountain, or being stranded on a route
  3. Show your ability to use a ski map or resort map and identify where you are on the map
  4. Plan a half days activity, considering location, group, equipment and abilities, this should include a plan B in case of bad weather, etc.
  5. Participate in a snowsport activity different from that which the other requirements have been completed in, this could be something completely new or an activity you’ve not done for a while such as skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, ski touring and slalom
  6. Choose and complete two of the following:


You can do this stage by taking part in a snowsport activity on either a natural or artificial slope. But it is encouraged to experience both environments as part of this badge.


Flexibility

Each young person who participates in the Programme, including badges and awards, should face a similar degree of challenge, and requirements can be adapted according to each young person’s abilities.  For more information and practical tips see our guidance on flexibility.

 

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