Skiing level descriptions

Level 1 (Beginner to 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.

Level 2 (Wedge Turns)

  • I am familiar with the chair lift.
  • 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

Level 1

  • Never been on snowboard before
  • Can stand, skate, glide, and climb
  • Can sidestep toeside and heelside
  • Can traverse to a stop

Level 2

  • Can ride the chairlift
  • Can read the fall line
  • Can do garland turns
  • Can vary my garland turn shape

Level 3

  • Can link skidded toeside to heelside turns
  • Can control my speed with turn shape
  • Can absorb uneven terrain
  • Can make turns on Green terrain

Level 4

  • Can link skidded turns in varied terrain
  • Can comfortably ride all Green runs and easy Blue runs

Level 5

  • 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

Level 6

  • Able to handle anything the mountain can throw at them