Skiing and Snowboarding Abiltiy Levels

Use this guide to help select a lesson that fits you best.

Skiing
 

Numerical Level(s)

Ability Description

RED

1

I have never participated in this activity before. Welcome & thank you for choosing our school!

YELLOW

2

Build basic skills & confidence on the magic carpet terrain. I can stop and I’m learning to turn and ride a chairlift.

GREEN

3 - 4

Seek adventure on beginner lifts and develop basics to handle elementary slopes.

3) I can stop, turn, & ride the chairlift. I'm refining my turns on easy terrain for more consistency and control.
4) I'm learning to control my wedge turns that finish in a parallel skid.

BLUE

5 - 6

Explore more terrain and improve skills to have more fun on intermediate slopes.

5) I can ski parallel in the middle of the turn.
6) I can parallel at the start of the turn and use poles to time my turns.

BLACK

7 -9

Challenge yourself to advance and gain the knowledge to be an all mountain expert.

7) I can link parallel turns in the fall line.
8) I can carve short, medium and long turns in a variety of conditions.
9) I can execute dynamic parallel turns in all conditions on any terrain.

 

Snowboarding
 

Numerical Level(s)

Ability Description

RED

1

I have never participated in this activity before. Welcome & thank you for choosing our school!

YELLOW

2

Build basic skills & confidence on the magic carpet terrain. I have been snowboarding before but I’m learning how to turn and stop.

GREEN

3 - 4

Seek adventure on beginner lifts and develop basics to handle elementary slopes.

3) I can stop, I’m learning how to traverse and make turns. I’m learning to ride the chairlift.
4) I can stop, turn, and am getting more comfortable riding the chairlift. I'm refining my turns on green terrain for consistency and control.

BLUE

5 - 6

Explore more terrain and improve skills to have more fun on intermediate slopes.

5) I can link turns using both toe and heel edge with control on green terrain, and I am ready to start on blue terrain.
6) I can link turns with control on some blue terrain including some steeper groomed blue slopes. I am learning how to make turns that are both carved and skidded.

BLACK

7 -9

Challenge yourself to advance and gain the knowledge to be an all mountain expert.

7) I’m comfortable on all blue and easy black terrain. I can vary my turn shape (small, medium and large radius) on all blue and easy black groomed terrain.
8) I can link turns with control on ungroomed terrain. I want to exhibit high performance in specific terrain: bumps, steeps, powder.
9) I can link short, medium and long radius turns in all conditions and all terrain (black and double black).

Helpful Note: Whether it is for you, a friend or family member, we understand that assessing your ability level can be difficult and sometimes confusing. If you aren’t comfortable making a decision with the above overview and descriptors, please come to our meeting place and we can help narrow things down, to suggest the level that works for you. While we can not guarantee that all groups are perfect, we have plenty of experience in matching up people to form guest groups for 75 years. Our friendly caring SnowSports School team will be on snow to help!