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)
 

SKI
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.

SNOWBOARD
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.

 

Ski Lessons

Exploration

Level 1 - Exploration

BRONZE
Your first skiing experience begins here! (Step 1)
Exploration

Level 2 - Exploration

SILVER
You're able to complete linked snowplow turns and are working on bringing your skis parallel. (Step 2)
Exploration

Level 3 - Exploration

GOLD
You can complete part of the turn with skis in parallel, on green terrain. (Step 3)
Adventure

Level 4 - Adventure

BRONZE
You're confident completing basic parallel turns (no wedge) on green terrain and you're ready to master the same on blue terrain. (Step 4)
Adventure

Level 5 - Adventure

SILVER
You've learned to complete basic parallel turns on blue terrain, but you're looking to make it look good. (Step 5)
Adventure

Level 6 - Adventure

GOLD
You're able to complete rhythmical and linked parallel turns on blue terrain. (Step 6)
Performance

Level 7 - Performance

BRONZE
You're able to complete linked performance parallel turns, but you want to develop control on all types of terrain. (Step 7)
Performance

Level 8 - Performance

SILVER
You execute linked performance turns while adapting to varying terrain. (Step 8)
Performance

Level 9 - Performance

GOLD
In your dreams! Stop by the main office to apply as a ski pro. (Step 9)

Parent & Tot - Skiers*

Penguin

Penguin

Perfect for the child who has never skied! you want to develop control on all types of terrain.
Giraffe

Giraffe

Without assistance, child can snowplow in limited control on easy green runs.
Dinosaur

Dinosaur

Child can link snowplow turns on green and easy blue runs with limited control.
Tiger

Tiger

Child can complete continuous controlled snowplow turns on easy blue runs without assistance.
* PLEASE NOTE: The accompanying parent/guardian must be able to ski in control and assist their own child.

Parent & Tot - Snowboarders *

Snowboarder

Step 1

Groms - Perfect for the child who has never snowboarded!
Snowboarder

Step 2

Sliders - With assistance, your child can stand up and side slip.
Snowboarder

Step 3

Shredders - Without assistance, your child can stand up, side slip and begin to pendulum on either toe or heel edge.
* PLEASE NOTE: The accompanying parent/guardian must be able to snowboard in control and assist their own child.

Snowboarding Lessons

Snowboarder

Step 1

First-Time Rider - Your first snowboarding experience starts here!
Snowboarder

Step 2

Beginner Rider - You can sideslip and pendulum with control.
Snowboarder

Step 3

Basic Rider - You can pendulum and are able to increase speed and change direction with control.
Snowboarder

Step 4

Novice Rider - You're able to do basic linked turns on green runs.
 
Snowboarder

Step 5

Intermediate Rider - You can link turns on blue runs and are working on developing speed control.
Snowboarder

Step 6

Intermediate Rider - You ride easily on blue runs and want to develop confidence on steeper terrain.
Snowboarder

Step 7

Intermediate Rider - You ride with confidence on steeper terrain and are working on developing stronger edge control, flexion and extension. You're ready to "rip & shred" in the Piggy Bank Terrain Park.
Snowboarder

Step 8

Intermediate/Advanced Rider - You can ride all terrain with confidence and are working on advanced skills. You’re now looking for a freestyle experience.