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Ski Levels

0 - Does not participate in this sport.

1 - FIRST TIME SKIER
You have never been skiing before.
GOAL: Gliding and wedge stops.

2 - NOVICE
You have skied once and are still trying to make wedge-like movements.
You have skied once or twice before and can make a wedge stop.
GOAL: Improved confidence on Green runs in beginner areas by making wedge turns.

3 - CAUTIOUS NOVICE I
You can make linked wedge turns.
GOAL: Improve wedge turns on Green runs.

4 - CAUTIOUS NOVICE II
You can ski mostly Green runs and finish turns with skis in a parallel stance.
GOAL: To graduate to intermediate and parallel skiing.

5 - CONFIDENT NOVICE
You can mostly ski parallel on Green and Blue runs.
GOAL: Improve confidence on Blue runs and work on parallel technique.

6 - INTERMEDIATE
You can ski parallel all of the time on Blue groomed runs.
GOAL: Work on varying the radius of turns on Blue runs in preparation for moving to Black runs.

7 - CONFIDENT INTERMEDIATE
Parallel skiers in this category ski all the Blue runs and some groomed Black runs.
GOAL: Feel more confident on Black runs by varying the shape of your turns in a variety of conditions.

8 - ADVANCED
You can ski Black runs but have difficulty skiing them consistently with style.
GOAL: To learn how to control speed and direction on all types of Black terrain.

9 - ADVANCED/EXPERT
Skiers in this category enjoy the challenge of Black terrain and runs.
GOAL: To efficiently ski bumps, powder, and steeps by learning to adapt to all situations and conditions.

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Snowboard Levels

0 - Does not participate in this sport.

1 - FIRST TIME SNOWBOARDER
You have never snowboarded before.
GOAL: Sideslip with direction change on the heel side or toe side.

2 - NOVICE
You have snowboarded once or twice and can sideslip on toe side or heel side.
GOAL: Beginning falling leaf.

3 - CAUTIOUS NOVICE I
You can perform a falling leaf in both directions.
GOAL: To make basic toe and heel side turns.

4 - CAUTIOUS NOVICE II
You can turn in both directions with confidence and speed control.
GOAL: To make various sizes of turns on Blue runs.

5 - CONFIDENT NOVICE
You can link turns with less skidding and increased speed.
GOAL: Improve confidence on Blue runs and/or beginning jumps/tricks.

6 - INTERMEDIATE
You are confident on intermediate terrain and linking turns consistently with precision.
GOAL: Work on varying the radius of turns on Blue runs in preparation for moving to Black runs and/or improved confidence with jumps/tricks.

7 - CONFIDENT INTERMEDIATE
You can ride all Blue runs, some groomed Black runs and feel confident on smaller jumps.
GOAL: Feel more confident on Black runs and on varied terrain. Possible introduction to half pipe, parks, and/or learn some basic air maneuvers.

8 - ADVANCED
You snowboard Black runs but have difficulty riding them consistently with style and rhythm. Can do basic tricks and ride the half-pipe.
GOAL: To ride comfortably in terrain parks, on difficult terrain features and all mountain riding.

9 - ADVANCED/EXPERT
You enjoy the challenges of an all mountain experience and terrain.
GOAL: To efficiently ride bumps, powder, steeps and terrain by learning to adapt to all situations and conditions.

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Telemark Skier Levels

1 - BEGINNER
Skier developing and improving balance, exploring range of movement.
Minimum ability: must be able to comfortably ski Green runs and some Blue. Student may have had experience with other sliding sports. Skier discovering turning movements, by turning legs independently of each other and body and making individual telemark turns, with skidding during the completion phase. Skier may be able to connect turns with a period of instability due to rebalance between turns.

2 - INTERMEDIATE
Skier making linked telemark turns, and exploring Green terrain.
Turn shape used for speed control, skis working towards maintaining a parallel relationship. Skier making round skidded turns with pole touch on Green and some Blue terrain. Skier begins to use side cut of ski to shape second half of the turn. With a solid telemark turn and pole touch the student is starting to explore Blue terrain, including bumps.

3 - ADVANCED
Skier making telemark turns on all blue terrain, including bumps.
Skier shows fore and aft stability and solid pole touch. Ability to ski comfortably on any Blue and most Black slopes, skiers timing of lead change, pole touch and edge release is being refined. Skier can ski any turn, anytime, anywhere in any condition.

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