Snowboarders and skiers can generally be placed in one of three skill-level categories. Let’s take a look at these categories so you can get the most out of your next ski trip.
A beginner is someone who has little or no snowboarding or skiing experience. A level 1 beginner is someone who has never been on skis or a snowboard in their life, a level 2 beginning skier will be able to handle a cautious wedge, and a level 3 beginning skier will be to make round turns on easy terrain. A level 2 beginning snowboarder will be able to slide slip on toe or heel from left to right, and a level 3 beginner will be able to maintain control when sliding and complete an independent heel and toe turn on easy terrain.
An intermediate skier will be able to make easy turns while maintaining speed and control. They may wedge their skis occasionally when slowing down or making a turn, but they will mostly be able to maintain a parallel stance on an intermediate slope. An intermediate snowboarder will be able to complete a linked toe and heel turn on an easy or intermediate slope. They might slow down a bit, but they should be able to maintain control while making a turn.
Advanced skiers and snowboarders will be able to handle most of the difficult runs at most ski resorts under optimal conditions. They will be able to make parallel turns without wedging their skis or losing speed or control. Advanced snowboarders will be able to make turns without losing rhythm or speed on the more advanced hills and courses. If you’re taking lessons at this level, you should be able to join your instructors on just about any hill or run.
The most important thing to remember about skiing or snowboarding is to never attempt something that you think is beyond your skill level. There is a lot of technique involved in both skiing and snowboarding, and serious injuries can happen. No matter what level you are currently at, always listen to your instructors, never attempt something that you aren’t comfortable doing, and know when to take a break.