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SKIEASY (Educational, Accessible, Simple, Youthful) Approach to Skills Acquisition in Skiing

European Commission, EACEA Agency: Erasmus+ Sport, Collaborative Partnerships

Grant agreement no.: 622961-EPP-1-2020-1-SI-SPO-SCP

Project duration: 1. 1. 2021–31. 12. 2023

Project leader at ZRS KoperRado Pišot, PhD

Participating institute at ZRS KoperInstitute for Kinesiology Research

Partner organisations:

  • Science and Research Centre Koper, Slovenia
  • International Association Snowsports at Schools and Universities (IVSS), Austria
  • Ski Association of Slovenia (SAS)- Ski Instructors and Trainers Association (SITAS), Slovenia
  • Collegio Regionale Maestri Sci FVG, Italy
  • Paris-Lodron-Universitat Salzburg (UNISAL), Austria
  • Sveučilište u Zagrebu, Kineziološki Fakultet (UNIZG KIF), Croatia
  • Sdruzhenie Balgarsko Ski Uchilishte – Bolgarian Ski School (BSS), Bulgaria
  • Asocijacija Trenera i Ucitelja Skijanja u Bosni i Hercegovini (ATUS), Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Univerzitet u Nišu (UNINIŠ), Serbia

The development of alpine skiing has dramatically changed the skiing technique, allowing higher velocities, and providing less security. At the same time, we are meeting more skiers with decreased motor and functional abilities and different expectations. It is essential to adapt and upgrade the procedures, tools, and teaching methods to such changes. Developments within globalized alpine winter tourism with different linguistic and cultural backgrounds make it necessary for ski instructors to expand their knowledge and competence. Recent experience due to the COVID-19 pandemic also directs us to search for new approaches based on mobile platforms and multimedia technologies. Our main objectives are hidden in the initials of the acronym EASY:

E-to promote education in and through sport with special focus on ski instructor and learner skills and competence development; to enrich (self)employment possibilities for professional and dual career development; teaching module – SKI EASY certificate;

A-accessible learning and stimulating participation in outdoors sport; Snowsports Days to reach the population of deprived children and let them experience snowsports with the help of local communities and volunteers;

S-simple communication: implementing an educational model of teaching skiing (ski alphabet, dictionaries, and animation) for ski beginners of all partners’ linguistic groups to simplify the ski teaching process;

Y-youthful: a state-of-the-art IT-driven approach to teaching (interactive games, gadgets, and ICT applications (cartoon movies), mobile platforms, and multimedia technologies for overcoming language and cultural barriers).

SKI EASY activities and outcomes:

  • SKI EASY teaching model adapted to language and culture diversity; free module for ski instructors to obtain a SKI EASY certificate;
  • SKI EASY educational materials (manuals and ICT application for smart phone);
  • SKI EASY snow days with innovative Kids U-flex technology ski equipment for children.

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