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Know Your Level

Know Your Level

To get started with a lesson, knowing your level helps us find the right instructor and the right group to match your ability. Below are a series of quotes that define the different levels, something that will not only be helpful for placing you in the right lesson, but also in getting fitted for rental equipment.

Skiing

The Beginner Zone

Level 1: “I’ve never skied.”
Level 2: “I can change direction and come to a stop.” – Green terrain
Level 3: “I can link turns without stopping.” – Green terrain

The Advanced Beginner Zone

Level 4: “I am linking turns on all green terrain and exploring the easiest groomed terrain.” – All green and easiest blue.

The Intermediate Zone

Level 5: “I am skiing mostly parallel in a couple different size and shape turns, I am beginning to use my poles and can hockey stop in both directions.” – Most groomed blue terrain, but still appreciate green terrain
Level 6: “I am skiing parallel and confident using a hockey stop. I am refining my skills while exploring new terrain.” –All groomed blues, exploring easy blue bumps, exploring easy groomed blacks
Level 7: “I am able to make parallel turns with a pole plant on all blue terrain. I am gaining confidence on un-groomed black terrain.” –All blue terrain, groomed black terrain, and exploring ungroomed black terrain

The Advanced/Expert Zone

Level 8: “I am making rhythmic short radius turns on all blue and black terrain (groomed or un-groomed). I feel comfortable exploring harder blacks and easier double black terrain.” – All black terrain, exploring easy double blacks
Level 9: “I can ski the entire mountain and am working on skiing faster, smoother, and more technical lines.” – Entire mountain

Snowboarding

The Beginner Zone

Level 1: “I’ve never snowboarded.”
Level 2: “I can slide across the hill in both directions and stop.” – Green terrain
Level 3: “I can control my speed while moving across the hill. I am starting to turn. Also, I can turn in both directions and am beginning to link turns.” – Green terrain

The Advanced Beginner Zone

Level 4: “I can link skidded turns on all green terrain and working toward easiest blue terrain.” – All green terrain

The Intermediate Zone

Level 5: “I am confident on all green terrain and working on most blue terrain. I am beginning to ride switch.” – Easiest blue terrain
Level 6: “I am exploring more varied terrain including un-groomed and easy bumps. I am beginning to carve my turns and use the terrain park.” –All blue terrain, easy groomed blacks
Level 7: “I am able to carve and skid my turns on all blue terrain. I am gaining confidence on un-groomed black terrain and in the terrain park.” –All blue terrain, groomed black terrain, and exploring ungroomed black terrain

The Advanced/Expert Zone

Level 8: “I am confident performing dynamic turns on varied terrain and snow conditions.” – All black terrain and easier double-black diamond terrain including terrain parks
Level 9: “I am confident riding the entire mountain. I am working on a variety of tactics and techniques that will take me to the next level.” – Entire mountain

Private or Group Lesson?

Private or Group Lesson?

Four Mountains of Learning

Four Mountains of Learning

All four of our mountains have a unique character to them, and because of this, they offer unique learning opportunities for our guests. Below is a round-up of each mountain, the kind of terrain it offers our guests, and a link to each mountain’s lessons page.