Ski & Snowboard Levels

What level am I?

Please note: These levels are approximate and may be adjusted by your instructor at the beginning of your lesson.

Ski Levels:

First Time Discovery

Will learn:

  • how use equipment
  • basic mobility: how to stand and balance on skis
  • gliding
  • snowplow       
  • turning left and right
  • safety and the Alpine Responsibility Code

Learn to Turn

Already knows:                                                                

  • gliding and snowplow
  • turning left or right

Skis comfortably: 

  • in the Olympic Ring Area or base of Easy Rider

Will learn:

  • how to link turns together
  • managing speed through turning
  • using the chairlift

Feel the Greens

Already knows:                                                                

  • linking turns
  • use of the chairlift

Skis comfortably on:

  • Runway (Easy Rider)  

Will learn:

  • how to ski efficiently
  • arying turn shape
  • how to deal with steeper terrain 
  • skiing down Collins (Lions Express) and/or Panorama (Eagle Express)

Learn to Parallel

Already knows:                                                                

  • efficient turn linking
  • speed management on steeper/ flatter terrain

Skis comfortably on:

  • Collins (Lions Express) or Panorama (Eagle Express)

Will learn:

  • improved skiing technique
  • increased confidence on Green terrain
  • how to ski in a parallel stance
  • introduction to Blue (intermediate) terrain

Cruise the Blues

Already knows:                                                                

  • how to ski in a parallel stance    

Skis comfortably on:

  • Collins (Lions Express) or Panorama (Eagle Express)  

Will learn:

  • improved skiing technique
  • increasing confidence on Blue terrain

Snowboard Levels:

First Time Discover

Will learn:

  • how use equipment
  • one-footed mobility: skating, stopping, straight gliding, climbing
  • heel side slip
  • heel side pendulum 
  • safety and the Alpine Responsibility Code

Mastering Side Slipping

Already knows:                                                                

  • side slipping on heel side                             

Rides comfortably:

  • in the Olympic Ring Area
  • Snowboard Learning Area      

Will learn:

  • improved control on heel side
  • improved control in heel side pendulum
  • toe side side slipping and pendulum
  • using the chairlift
  • riding down Runway (Easy Rider)

Learn to Turn

Already knows:                                                                

  • heel and toe side pendulum
  • use of the chairlift

Rides comfortably on:

  • Runway (Easy Rider)  

Will learn:

  • improved edge control
  • isolated heel and toe side turns

Link Down Greens

Already knows:                                                                

  • isolated heel or toe side turns
  • speed management on steeper/ flatter terrain

Rides comfortably on:

  • Runway (easy Rider)

Will learn: 

  • turn linking
  • riding down Collins (Lions Express) or Panorama (Eagle Express)

Cruise the Blues

Already knows:                                                                

  • confident on either toe or heel side edge

Rides comfortably on:

  • Collins (Lions Express) or Panorama (Eagle Express) 

Will learn:

  • improved turn linking
  • sliding turns
  • introduction to pressure control
  • introduction to freestyle