Ski and Snowboard Levels of Ability
SKIING LEVEL DESCRIPTIONS
Level 1 (Gliding Wedge)
I have never skied before.
I can stand, walk, climb, and glide.
I can do a gliding wedge, slow down, and stop.
I can do slight turns.
I am familiar with the chair lift.
Level 2 (Wedge Turns)
I can make controlled linked wedge turns to the bottom.
I can control linked wedge turns and make spontaneous wide and narrow turns.
I can make spontaneous turns and come to a complete stop by turning in either direction.
Level 3 (Wedge Christie)
I have begun working on reducing the size of my wedge turns.
I can start all my turns in a wedge and bring my skis to a match at the end of each turn.
Level 4 (Advanced Wedge Christie)
I have begun working on advanced wedge christie (bringing my skis together early in the turn).
I can wedge my skis slightly at the beginning of each turn, but bring them together very early in my turn.
I can ski moderately and I am beginning to use my inside pole as a timing steady device.
Level 5 (Open Parallel)
I have begun to work on keeping my skis parallel without a wedge.
I can change the edges of my skis at the same time without a wedge.
I can use a pole touch to time and steady my turns.
Level 6 (Dynamic Parallel)
I can use my whole body towards the new turn to change directions.
I can swing and touch my pole to the snow to start each turn.
I am linking parallel turns continuously.
SNOWBOARD LEVEL DESCRIPTIONS
Never been on snowboard before
Can stand, skate, glide, and climb
Can sidestep toeside and heelside
Can traverse to a stop
Can ride the chairlift
Can read the fall line
Can do garland turns
Can vary my garland turn shape
Can link skidded toeside to heelside turns
Can control my speed with turn shape
Can absorb uneven terrain
Can make turns on Green terrain
Can link skidded turns in varied terrain
Can comfortably ride all Green runs and easy Blue runs
Can use turn shape for speed control, reduction, maintenance, and generation
Can ride switch on Green trails
Can ride comfortably on all Blue runs in varied conditions
Comfortable on most Black terrain
Able to handle anything the mountain can throw at them