UKCP Alpine

The UKCP Level 1 Race Coach course is the initial step on the route to becoming a safe and effective Alpine Ski Race Coach, presenting the opportunity of employment supporting and developing British Snowsport’s Pathway to Olympic success. The course aim is to provide you with the basic information and understanding of how skilful movements and performances are learnt, as relevant to a developing athlete.


16 yrs of age at start of the course

How well do I need to ski to do this Course?

Students must be able to carve clean GS turns leaving clean tracks on easy blue piste terrain and ski rhythmical slalom turns showing good speed and control. Students should also be physically fit for the demands of the course.

Alpine Coach Level 1 Designed for working with children (specifically 5-12 years old) and entry standard competitors. Alpine Coach L1 is able to plan and run training sessions appropriate for developing and challenging their athletes’ skills.

There are two main classroom based modules on the course: 

  • Planning a Training Session 
  • Making Difficult decisions

On snow the following content is covered: 

  • Structuring a training session 
  • Technical elements of ski racing 
  • Understanding skill acquisition 
  • Skill analysis
  • Video analysis 
  • Working with children

Students are assessed on their ability to ski slalom and giant slalom turns on easy blue piste terrain as well as their ability to reflect on their coaching.

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