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A critical step to ensuring you are in the correct lesson and achieve the most from your on snow learning is to select the ability level most suited to you.


Skier Ability Chart

1 I have never skied before. In this level, you will learn how to use your equipment, familiarise yourself with sliding down the hill for the first time, and how to stop using a snowplough. You will also learn to make a slight direction change while skiing on GREEN terrain.
2 Have skied before at some point and can stop. Able to perform a confident snowplough and slight direction change. Level 2 focuses on improving your snowplough turns so that you can control your speed on GREEN slopes, avoid obstacles and go where you want to go!
3 Able to link snowplough turns on a beginner slope. In level 3, your instructor will help you to turn with your skis in more of a parallel position. This will reduce strain on your legs and allow you to ski faster with more control on GREEN terrain.
4 Almost parallel on green runs. Skis are still in a snowplough some of the time. A level 4 lesson will refine your turns so that your skis remain parallel at all times. This instills confidence to take your skiing to steeper GREEN terrain and easy RED slopes.
5 Completely parallel with no snowplough on all green runs, almost parallel with some snowplough during turns on red runs In this level, your instructor will focus on skills such as edging so that you have more grip while skiing. This will strengthen your ability to control speed and assist you when skiing RED slopes. You may also be introduced to groomed BLACK slopes.
6 Completely parallel on all red runs, almost parallel on black runs. Starting to ski off piste, small moguls and experimenting in beginner terrain park. Level 6 focus on tactics and variations in your turn size so that you can control your speed and feel at ease on steeper RED runs, BLACK runs and off piste terrain. This level will also improve your TERRAIN PARK skills if this is your goal.
7* Confidently skiing parallel on groomed black runs. Starting to do short parallel turns and experiment in the bumps, trees and powder. Able to ski through intermediate terrain park. In level 7, your coach will focus on the efficiency of your skiing on all BLACK runs. You will explore different tactics and movement patterns in the moguls and powder. If the TERRAIN PARK is your goal, your coach will help you with more difficult tricks on larger terrain park features.
8* Skis all terrain confidently. Carving all groomed runs, Carving short turns. Confidently skiing mogul lines, trees and powder. Comfortable skiing all terrain parks. This level is about strengthening and refining your technique to improve efficiency, performance and understanding in all turn types, on all terrain. What you improve in this level really depends on your objectives, whether it be powder, steeps, moguls, terrain park, carving, freestyle or you just wanted to be guided around the mountain.

Note: *Private only for adults

Snowboarder Ability Chart

1 I have never snowboarded before. In level 1, you will learn how to use your equipment, how to get around on the flat and also how to sideslip and "falling leaf" so that you can start to negotiate GREEN terrain.
2 Able to perform toe-side and heel-side falling leaf. It's time to turn! In this lesson you will learn the basics of both heel and toe side single turns making it easier to avoid obstacles and ride where you want to ride on GREEN terrain.
3 Able to make a basic toe-side and heel-side turn but not yet linking the two. Level 3 will guide you through linking your single turns so that you can make fluid turns down GREEN slopes. This allows you to ride faster.
4 Confidently linking turns down most Green runs. In this level you will learn to refine your turns so that you can start to attack steeper GREEN and easy Red runs. You will also start to ride easy terrain "switch" (backwards) and learn entry level freestyle manoeuvres.
5 Able to ride red runs, starting to ride switch and experimenting in the beginner terrain park Focus on varied terrain and building skills to ride the whole mountain. You will also expand your TERRAIN PARK skills and start riding switch with confidence!
6 Confidently riding on all red runs. Able to ride black groomed runs. Starting to ride the halfpipe, boxes, off piste, powder and confidently riding switch on greens Level 6 is all about strengthening your riding to the point of riding all RED and BLACK runs with ease. You will start to learn off piste/powder techniques and be challenged on larger TERRAIN PARK features such as the halfpipe. Your switch riding will also be improved to the point of riding all RED runs switch!
7* Confidently carving all groomed runs. Riding powder, trees and steep off-piste with ease. Able to ride intermediate terrain park and perform grabs, board slides and 180 spins. Riding switch on reds. In level 7, your coach will improve your riding on all BLACK slopes, steep offpiste runs and trees. You will also learn new spins and grabs in the air and work towards the Advanced TERRAIN PARK.
8* Rides all terrain confidently both regularly and switch. Able to perform advanced freestyle manoeuvres in the advanced terrain park. This level is all about tweaking your technique in the areas that you want to improve. Whether you want to work on powder, steeps, park, carving, freestyle or you just want to be guided around the mountain, your coach will be there to help!

Note: *Private only


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