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What Snowboard or Ski Level am I?


Determining your Ski Level.  We all know there’s a huge range of ability out on the slopes (and off the pistes too!), but we don’t always know where we stand among these skill levels.

It’s important to know your skill level before booking a ski or snowboard, instructor or guide, so that they can tailor the session to you, ensuring you improve as much as possible and get the most out of your trip!

Whether you haven’t skied or been snowboarding for a few years, or you’ve never had ‘official’ lessons, we’ve put together an easy-to-use guide defining levels for:

  • Skiing on the piste
  • Snowboarding on the piste
  • Skiing off piste
  • Snowboarding off piste

Scroll down to find your level and you’re all set to book one of our recommended guides or instructors!

Ski Levels On-Piste

Ski Levels

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piste skiing

Level 1

This is your first time on skis, or you’ve skied once but are not yet able to do a snowplough on a gentle nursery slope.

Level 2

You have skied at least once before. You can make changes in direction and stop using a snowplough on gentle slopes. You’ve started linking snowplough turns, and have maybe left the nursery slope and tried skiing on easy blue runs.

Level 3

You link your turns consistently, perhaps finishing your turns with the skis parallel, or you have a wide parallel stance most of the time. Or you might have skied confidently many years ago but are returning to the sport.

Level 4

You are a confident skier and your skis are parallel most of the time, and you are consistently linking your turns. You have felt the ski carve and enjoy using the shape to help you change direction. You are now able to travel at different speeds on pisted runs but still feel a little out of your depth on a black run or over bumps.

Level 5

You can ski with strong parallel turns in various conditions. You enjoy the feeling of carving your turns and the speed it brings. You are accomplished at skiing on un-pisted and black runs, including moguls but you want to improve. You’d also like to improve on, or move off the piste.

HURRAH, YOU KNOW YOUR SKI LEVEL!

Snowboarding On-Piste

Snowboard Levels

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Level 1

This is your first time on a snowboard, or you’ve boarded once but are not yet able to stop on a gentle nursery slope.

Level 2

You have snowboarded at least once before. You are able to side slip (often called falling leaf) and are able to traverse a straight line on a gentle slope. You have probably tried turning but cannot do it both ways successfully.

Level 3

You are snowboarding on intermediate slopes; and can link turns to control your speed. You may have been an intermediate snowboarder a few years ago, but haven’t had any practice for a long time.

Level  4

You are snowboarding red runs confidently, and consistently linking turns. You are now able to travel at different speeds on pisted runs but still feel a little out of your depth on a black run or over bumps.

Level  5

You are a very competent snowboarder; you can board on any slope with confidence, carving your turns. You are accomplished boarding on un-pisted and black runs, including moguls but you want to improve. You’d also like to improve on, or move off the piste.

HURRAH, YOU KNOW YOUR SNOWBOARD LEVEL!

Skiing Off-Piste

Level 1

You can confidently link five or six turns on a red run. You’ve never been off piste before or used any off-piste equipment.

Level 2

You have skied on and off the sides of pistes, or in fresh powder on the piste, but aren’t confident linking turns in un-pisted snow and have little experience with off-piste equipment.

Level 3

You have skied off piste a few times and can manage a few turns, but struggle to control your speed. You’re confident tackling bumps and jumps. You have a little or more experience with off-piste equipment.

Level  4

You have skied confidently off piste multiple times and are familiar with the equipment. You’d like to learn more technique and how to ski more challenging terrain, in different conditions, including hikes and skinning.

Level 5

You are an advanced off-piste skier. Your movement off piste is autonomous and fluid. You are confident skiing steep gradients and narrow terrain. You have experience in all sorts of snow and weather conditions.

HURRAH, YOU KNOW YOUR SKI LEVEL!

Off-piste Skiing Levels

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Snowboarding Off-Piste

Level 1

You can confidently link five or six turns on a red run. You’ve never been off piste before or used any off-piste equipment.

Level 2

You have boarded on and off the sides of pistes, or in fresh powder on the piste, but aren’t confident linking turns in un-pisted snow and have little experience with off-piste equipment.

Level 3

You have boarded off piste a few times and can manage a few turns, but struggle to control your speed. You’re confident tackling bumps and jumps. You have a little or more experience with off-piste equipment.

Level 4

You have boarded confidently off piste multiple times and are familiar with the equipment. You’d like to learn more technique and how to ride more challenging terrain, in different conditions, including hikes and splitboarding.

Level 5

You are an advanced off-piste snowboarder. Your movement off piste is autonomous and fluid. You are confident riding steep gradients and narrow terrain. You have experience in all sorts of snow and weather conditions.

HURRAH, YOU KNOW YOUR SNOWBOARD LEVEL!

Off-Piste Snowboard Level

Snowboarder in powder off piste
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