Ski and Snowboard Level Descriptions

Ability Chart and Videos for Snow School Lessons
Check your ability level to help you enroll in the right Whistler Blackcomb Snow School program.
Play the videos to get an in-depth view of each ability level by our Snow School Instructors.

Ski Ability Chart and Videos for Adults


 Beginner Skier or Rider
Level 1

First Time Skier

Never Skied Before. Or is not yet able to stop with confidence on a gentle slope.

 Beginner Skier or Rider
Level 2

Novice

Learning to turn in control on gentle slopes. Usually rides magic carpet lifts. May progress to chairlifts and other easy green runs.

 Beginner Skier or Rider
Level 3

Comfortable Novice

Can link strong snowplow turns or wide stance parallel on green runs. Occasionally skis a blue run, but cautiously. Has experience riding chairlifts (while skiing).

 Beginner Skier or Rider
Level 4

Intermediate

Able to ski parallel turns with pole plant. Can ski most blue runs, more advanced blues remain a challenge. Would like to explore more varied terrain.

 Beginner Skier or Rider
Level 5

Advanced

Able to ski strong parallel turns with a pole plant on all blue runs and easy black runs. Learning, short turns, off piste, moguls, powder and more difficult terrain.*

* Terrain features/parks may be used in any lessons. The rating system for the terrain parks is different from the Ski and Snowboard ability chart.

 Beginner Skier or Rider
Level 6

Expert

Enjoy the challenge of skiing in control in all conditions and terrain and want to refine these skills.*

* Terrain features/parks may be used in any lessons. The rating system for the terrain parks is different from the Ski and Snowboard ability chart.

Snowboard Ability Chart and Videos for Adults


 Beginner Skier or Rider
Level 1

First Time Snowboarder

Never snowboarded before, or requires hand assistance to stop safely.

 Beginner Skier or Rider
Level 2

Novice

Able to stop safely, mobile on toe-side and heel side edges. (Pendulum/falling leaf skills). Using magic carpets and may progress to chairlift.

 Beginner Skier or Rider
Level 3

Comfortable Novice

Can complete heel side and toe side turns on gentle green terrain. Learning to link turns. Using magic carpets and chairs in the learning area.

 Beginner Skier or Rider
Level 4

Intermediate

Can link turns and control speed on green runs outside of the learning area. Learning to turn with confidence on all green runs and easier blue runs. Can use all chairlifts.

 Beginner Skier or Rider
Level 5

Advanced

Can link turns on blue runs. Learning short turns, carving, off-piste terrain and powder. Can do basic freestyle and is interested in learning to ride Terrain Park.*

* Terrain features/parks may be used in any lessons. The rating system for the terrain park is different from the Ski and Snowboard Ability chart.

 Beginner Skier or Rider
Level 6

Expert

Can snowboard in control on black runs and comfortable riding in the terrain park. Learning steeps, trees, drops, off piste, and improving freestyle skills in Terrain Park.*

* Terrain features/parks may be used in any lessons. The rating system for the terrain park is different from the Ski and Snowboard Ability chart.