Skiing Obstacle Course - Slaloms, and Moguls, and Jumps, Oh My!
Skill: Hop, Jump, Run
Time Required: 25
Activity Type: Physical
Group Size: Individual, Large Group, Medium Group, Small Group
Age Group: 6 - 9yrs, 9 - 12yrs, 13+ yrs
Play area: Gymnasium (large indoor space), Outdoor - Field
Safety Considerations: Dress warmly!
Remove any safety hazards and obstacles from the activity area.
Remind participants to be aware of their surroundings and to keep their head up.
Participants go through the skiing obstacle course and perform the skiing tasks.
Please see the attached document for an example of the set up. This activity would be ideal to do outdoors in the snow, skier's paradise, but it can also be done indoors.
The first obstacle is the "slalom obstacle" where there will be 4-8 pylons staggered in a line, and participants have to run around the pylons.
The second obstacle is the "mogul obstacle" where there will be a rope (or line of beanbags) set up and participants have to jump sideways over the rope as quick as they can.
The third obstacle are the "trees", place a bunch of hoops and pylons in an area.
The fourth obstacle is the "ski jump", place a rope down in a straight line.
The fifth, and last obstacle is the "chairlift", set up 4-5 hoops.
Step by Step:
1. Walk the participants through the ski obstacle course.
- Please see the attached document for an example of the set up and instructions for each obstacle.
2. Participants start at the top of the "hill" and will start by running (or skipping) around the slalom, which is set up using pylons.
3. Then they will run to the "moguls", aka the rope, and while facing forward, they will jump sideways over the rope.
4. Then participants will run to the trees (hoops and pylons), and run through these without touching any (they cannot go inside the hoops). To make it harder, participants have to hop on one foot (or two feet together) while going through the trees, just like they were off balance on their skis.
5. Once through the trees, participants will run to the other rope (or line of beanbags), and jump over it and do a spin in the air, touch their feet in the air, bring their knees up high in the air, or another ski jump trick. Please remind participants to be aware of others around them when jumping and doing a trick in the air. To make it safer, have an area set up by ropes or pylons, and when participants run into this section they do a spin jump in the air, or jump with their knees high, or another trick, but this way they are not running forward when they are jumping.
6. Lastly, they will run to one of the hoops, which represent the chairlift, and they will do 5 squats. When they are done their 5 squats, they are at the top of the hill again and continue.
7. If there is a large group, divide participants into pairs or groups of 3. When one participant has gone through the course, they will high five their partner or participant in their group, and that participant will go through.
8. This could be a race to see which group can go through the quickest, or could have beanbags at the end that participants collect when they get through, and the group with the most beanbags wins.
Take out one of the obstacles, think up another obstacle, allow participants to make their own obstacles and so on.
If there is lots of snow outside, could create a pile of snow for participants to jump over for the ski jump.
Make this a course for snowboarders as well. For the moguls, they will face the rope and jump over it facing forward and then jump backwards over to the other side of the rope.
Sources: Developed for the Leisure Information Network.