If this is your first experience skiing. You will be learning the fundamentals of sliding, stopping, turning and riding the lift. Your goal is to learn safely and to responsibly start a lifetime of skiing…and have FUN!
You can ski in a cautious wedge on the easiest slopes. Your goal is to gain confidence, improve control with linked, round wedge turns and to stop on green terrain.
You can ski with confidence on all green trails making round wedge turns. Your goal is to progress toward parallel turning by gradually reducing the size of your wedge and to explore more green trails.
You ski confidently on all green trails and ski cautiously on some blue trails (more difficult trails). Your goal is to start turns with a wide parallel stance and ski blue trails more confidently.
You ski the blue trails with wide-stanced parallel turns. Your goal is to begin to develop independent leg action while steering both feet through the turn.
You ski parallel on smooth blue trails and use a pole plant when turning. Your goal is to ski in a natural parallel stance and meet changes in snow condition and terrain while developing your ability to carve more and skid less.
You ski parallel with a functional stance while controlling speed and rhythm in small bumps on blue and easy black. You can carve effectively on blue terrain. Your goal is to control direction and speed in varying conditions and entry level black terrain.
You can ski almost all terrain confidently, efficiently and dynamically. Your goal is to hone your skills, develop tactically and explore the most difficult terrain.
THE LEARNING CURVE
New Technology and teaching methods have made learning to ski and snowboard easier than ever! Like every endeavor, you may progress quickly then plateau until the next breakthrough occurs. There is no preconceived time line. You may progress more than one level during a lesson or comfortably settle in at one level for a few lessons before ‘”breaking through.” For First timers, we believe that after 2 lessons and some practice, the average adult should be an “independent” Green level skier or rider.
Many factors affect your personal learning curve, including fitness and background. Transferring skills developed in “balance sports” will usually accelerate skill acquisition in snow sports. Inline skaters tend to learn to ski sooner. Skateboarders tend to learn to ride easier. Young children tend to progress more effectively learning the symmetrical movement patterns of skiing with independent leg action than snowboarding which requires asymmetric movement in a fixed stance.
All of our programs are designed with the intent to fast-track those who are ready, create breakthroughs for the capable intermediate and appropriately pace even the most timid newcomer.