An ability level is a short way of classifying skiers and snowboarders based on skills, skiing and boarding ability, and how well they ski or board beginner, intermediate, or advanced trails. Knowing what your ability level is often necessary when purchasing a lesson.
Knowing your skiing or snowboarding ability level will also make sure that you get the most out of your lesson.
LESSON ABILITY LEVELS (MODIFIED FOR 2022)
INTRO (Equivalent to Level 1): Your first skiing experience begins here!
BEGINNER (Equivalent to Level 2 and 3): The student is able to link rhythmical snow plow turns, turn in both directions and stop in a wedge. They are comfortable on green/beginner slopes. May need assistance with getting on or off the lifts.
INTERMEDIATE (Equivalent to Level 4, 5 and 6): Can execute basic parallel turns with no wedge on both green and blue runs.
ADVANCED (Equivalent to Level 7, 8 and 9): The student can execute linked performance parallel turns. Can maintain speed and control on all blue runs and some black.
INTRO (Equivalent to Step 1 and 2): First time or inexperienced snowboarder. Individual has never snowboarded before and/or cannot control speed/direction.
BEGINNER (Equivalent to Step 3 and 4): The student can strap both feet in and roll over. Can control speed by slide-slipping with both edges (unassisted). Can control direction using left and right edge in a pendulum motion.
INTERMEDIATE (Equivalent to Step 5 and 6): Can slide across slope before turning. Link basic turn both heel side and toe side with controlled speed on green and some blue runs.
ADVANCED (Equivalent to Step 7 and 8): The student can vary turn shape, remain balanced and in control of speed on blue runs.
Level 1 - ExplorationBRONZE
Level 2 - ExplorationSILVER
Level 3 - ExplorationGOLD
Level 4 - AdventureBRONZE
Level 5 - AdventureSILVER
Level 6 - AdventureGOLD
Level 7 - PerformanceBRONZE
Level 8 - PerformanceSILVER
Level 9 - PerformanceGOLD
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