Leslie's historic UK Guide Badge Syllabuses

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1991 Guide Badge Book - Downhill Skier I


Disabled skiers may use any necessary extra equipment, e.g. outriggers.


1) Demonstrate the following: 

a) carrying skis

b) turning round in a limited space, using a kick turn or step turn

c) side stepping up and turning on the slope

d) a snowplough for controlled descent, at a slow speed, with ability to stop at any moment

e) downhill traversing to the right and to the left

f) getting up on a slope after a fall

2) Make four linked snowplough turns.

Note: Disabled skiers who cannot fulfil any of the requirements above, may demonstrate a controlled descent, turning and stopping, instead.

3) Do a straight schuss without falling.

4) Understand:

a) the principles of release bindings

b) the adjustment of the bindings in use

c) the principle of ski brakes, and the reason they are used

d) the correct fit of a ski boot.

5) Show or describe clothing and equipment for skiing on the following slopes:

a) artificial

b) snow in all weather conditions.

6) Know the safety rules that apply to skiing on either artificial slopes or snowslopes.  Explain the procedure in the event of an accident.

Note: Level 1 of this badge may be awarded if you hold the British Alpine Ski Award Two Star Award and pass 1b, 4c and d.

1991 Guide Badge Book - Downhill Skier Stage II


Disabled skiers may use any necessary extra equipment, e.g. outriggers.


1) Demonstrate the following:

a) sideslipping (both sides)

b) swinging to the hill from a steep traverse (both sides)

c) rhythmically linked basic swings

d) rhythmically linked stem christies

2) Make a controlled descent of at least 150m, showing consideration to other skiers.

3) Make several successful ascents of either a ski tow (drag lift) or a chairlift (using skis).

4) Know the symptoms of exposure and methods of treatment.

Note: Level 2 of this badge may be awarded if you hold the British Alpine Ski Award Three Star Award and pass 1d and 4.

1991 Guide Badge Book - Downhill Skier Stage III


Disabled skiers may use any necessary extra equipment, e.g. outriggers.


1) You must have skied on more than one slope.

2) Demonstrate at least 10 ling radius parallel turns with good leg extension.

3) Ski in control over bumps, absorbing them with the legs.

4) Make a controlled descent of a red run, showing consideration for other skiers.

5) Choose the route on easier terrain, showing sensible choice of line and good awareness of hazards.

6) Explain the dangers of a mountain environment.

Note: Level 3 of this badge may be awarded if you hold the British Alpine Ski Award Four Star Award and pass 1.

1991 Guide Badge Book - Downhill Skier Stage IV


Disabled skiers may use any necessary extra equipment, e.g. outriggers.


1) Demonstrate the following on snow:

a) at least 10 short swings, showing control of speed, rhythm, and co-ordination

b) at least 10 parallel step turns

c) at least 10 parallel skate turns

d) a terrain jump without a fall on landing

2) Choose a good route down a red run, and ski down it.  There should be no falls, and techniques should vary to suit the terrain.

3) Be able to demonstrate sound posture and the effective use of skis.

4) Know how to select skis, prepare and maintain them.

5) Be able to find your way over a route using a resort map.

Note: Level 4 of this badge may be awarded if you hold the British Alpine Ski Award Five Star Award.

1994 Brownie Badge Book - Downhill Skier Level I


1) Demonstrate the following:

a) carrying skis

b) turning round in a limited space, using a kick turn or step turn

c) side stepping up, and turning on the slope

d) a snowplough for controlled descent, at a slow speed, with ability to stop at any moment

e) downhill traversing to the right and to the left

f) getting up on a slope after a fall.

2) Make four linked snowplough turns.

Note: Disabled skiers who cannot fulfil any of the requirements above, may demonstrate, turning and stopping, instead.

3) Do a straight schuss without falling.

4) Understand:

a) the principles of release bindings

b) the adjustment of the bindings in use

c) the principle of ski brakes, and the reason they are used

d) the correct fit of a ski boot.

5) Show or describe suitable clothing and equipment for skiing on the following slopes:

a) artificial

b) snow in all weather conditions.

6) Know the safety rules that apply to skiing on either artificial slopes or snowslopes.  Explain the procedure in the event of an accident.

Note: Level I of this badge may be awarded if you hold the British Alpine Ski Award Two Star Award and pass 1b, 4c and d.

1994 Brownie Badge Book - Downhill Skier Level II


1) Demonstrate the following:

a) sideslipping (both sides)

b) swinging to the hill from a steep traverse (both sides)

c) rhythmically linked basic swings

d) rhythmically linked stem christies.

2) Make a controlled descent of at least 150m, showing consideration to other skiers.

3) Make several successful ascents of either a ski tow (drag lift) or a chairlift (using skis).

4) Know the symptoms of exposure and methods of treatment.

Note: Level 2 of this badge may be awarded if you hold the British Alpine Ski Award Three Star Award and pass 1d and 4.

1994 Brownie Badge Book - Downhill Skier Level III


1) You must have skied on more than one slope.

2) Demonstrate at least 10 long radius parallel turns with good leg extension.

3) Ski in control over bumps, absorbing them with the legs.

4) Make a controlled descent of a red run, showing consideration for other skiers.

5) Choose the route on easier terrain, showing sensible choice of line and good awareness of hazards.

6) Explain the dangers of a mountain environment.

Note: Level 3 of this badge may be awarded if you hold the British Alpine Ski Award Four Star Award and pass clause 1).

1994 Brownie Badge Book - Downhill Skier Level IV


1) Demonstrate the following on snow:

a) at least 10 short swings, showing control of speed, rhythm, and co-ordination

b) at least 10 parallel step turns

c) at least 10 parallel skate turns

d) a terrain jump without a fall on landing.

2) Choose a good route down a red run, and ski down it.  There should be no falls, and techniques should vary to suit the terrain.

3) Be able to demonstrate sound posture and the effective use of skis.

4) Know how to select skis, prepare and maintain them.

5) Be able to find your way over a route using a resort map.

Note: Level 4 of this badge may be awarded if you hold the British Alpine Ski Award Five Star Award.

1995 Brownie Badge Book - Downhill Skier Stage 1 Badge


Notes: 

* Disabled skiers who cannot fulfil any of the requirements for Clauses 1 and 2 may demonstrate a controlled descent, turning and stopping, instead.

* This badge may be awarded if you hold the British Alpine Ski Award Two star Award and pass Clauses 1b, 4c and 4d.

1) Demonstrate the following:

a) carrying skis

b) turning around in a limited space using a kick turn or step turn

c) side-stepping up and turning on the slope

d) a snowplough for controlled descent, at a slow speed, with ability to stop at any moment

e) downhill traversing to the right and to the left

getting up on a slope after a fall.

2) Make four linked snowplough turns.

3) Do a straight schuss without falling.

4) Understand:

a) the principles of release bindings

b) the adjustment of the bindings in use

c) the principle of ski brakes and the reason why they are used

d) the correct fit of a ski boot

5) Show or describe suitable clothing and equipment for skiing on the following slopes:

a) artificial

b) snow in all weather conditions

6) Know the safety rules that apply to skiing on either artificial slopes or snow slopes.  Explain the procedure in the event  of an accident.

1995 Brownie Badge Book - Downhill Skier Stage 2 Badge

Note: This badge may be awarded if you hold the British Alpine Ski Award Three Star Award and pass Clauses 1d and 4.
1) Demonstrate the following:
a) side-slipping (both sides)
b) swinging to the hill from a steep traverse (both sides)
c) rhythmically linked stem christies.
2) Make a controlled descent of at least 150m showing consideration to other skiers.
3) Make several successful ascents of either a ski tow (drag lift) or a chair-lift (using skis).
4) Know the symptoms of exposure and methods of treatment.
1995 Brownie Badge Book - Downhill Skier Stage 3 Badge

Note: This badge may be awarded if you hold the British Alpine Ski Award Four Star Award and pass Clause 1.
1) You must have skied on more than one slope.
2) Demonstrate at least ten long radius parallel turns with good leg extension.
3) Ski in control over bumps, absorbing them with your legs.
4) Make a controlled descent of a red run showing consideration for other skiers.
5) Choose the route on easier terrain, showing sensible choice of line and good awareness of hazards.
6) Explain the dangers of a mountain environment.
1995 Brownie Badge Book - Downhill Skier Stage 4 Badge

Note: This badge may be awarded if you hold the British Alpine Ski Award Five Star Award.
1) Demonstrate the following on snow:
a) at least ten short swings, showing control of speed, rhythm and co-ordination.
b) at least ten parallel skate turns
c) at least ten parallel skate turns
d) a terrain jump without a fall on landing
2) Choose a good route down a red run and ski down in without falling.  Vary your techniques to suit the terrain.
3) Be able to demonstrate sound posture and the effective use of skis.
4) Know how to select, prepare and maintain skis.
5) Be able to find your way over a route using a resort map.
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