Your Skiing Level | Experience Levels of Skiers and Snowboarders
A vista out accross Mont Chery in les Gets perfect for finding your level. A vista out accross Mont Chery in les Gets perfect for finding your level.

What level of skier or snowboarder are you?

When booking ski lessons, organising ski hire, or simply choosing the right liftpass, it is important to have an idea of your own confidence and experience levels. This page provides as handy guide for anyone trying to gauge their own abilities as a skier or snowboarder.

Day-One Beginner

You've never skied or boarded on snow before, though you may have had one or two lessons on a dry-slope or in an indoor ski centre. Lessons start with core fundamentals like how to attach your skis or board. Beginner ski/snowboard lessons are a must.

Novice

You've skied on snow before and can snow plough. Novice snowboarders can link turns at a moderate speed on blue runs. There are still some issues with balance, turns and stopping on demand, but even the skiers are making their way down green slopes and perhaps some blues. The stumbles are all part of the fun. You'll be looking to book Class One ski/snowboard lessons.

Lower Intermediate

As a skier, you are confident in your ability to snow-plough the blues and are looking to develop parallel turns. Falling is not frequent anymore, but it happens to the best of us! You can stop by 'skidding', without resorting to a snow-plough stop. Snowboarders can already link turns at good speed on red runs, starting to jump. You will be progressing onto Class Two ski/snowboard lessons.

Upper Intermediate

Skiers at this level are confident on blues and most reds, and can parallel down both in a controlled descent. You're not quite ready for off-piste skiing yet, but groomed piste is starting to feel like safe territory. Happy to ski at a reasonable speed, linking your turns, you'll enjoy your Class Three ski/snowboard lessons. Equivalent-level snowboarders will be looking to go offpiste and descend black runs, managing jumps and bumps.

Advanced

You are an experienced and confident skier or snowboarder, happy to take on almost all pistes at speed. Skiers are ready for the challenge of off-piste with guidance, snowboarders are already enjoying the fresh offpiste powder. Skiers can probably carve, but might be looking to sharpen that up a bit now and really learn what the skis can do. Class Four lessons should be weighed against one-to-one options now.

Expert

You know you can ski/board very well, and are looking to make marginal adjustments to your already-strong technique. Alternatively, you might be looking for a guide to show you the backcountry offpiste terrain. Private lessons will be a must either way.

« Back to the Solo Travel Guide

Keep exploring...

More articles like this...

Buying ski equipment and clothing

The Improver's Guide

What should you buy, what should you borrow, and what should you hire? Save money and get exactly what you need for your ski holiday.

Read More
Skis against a snowy background

The Six Concerns of Solo Skiers...

And how to avoid them

Six of the little things that might make some people think twice about booking a solo ski holiday, and how to get around them.

Read More
Group members on a singles ski holiday

Ultimate pre-ski planning resources

The Definitive Guide

The ultimate guide to ski holiday preparation. The web's best resources for skiers and snowboarders gearing up for their winter fix.

Read More
Piste-side drinks in Les Gets ski resort

Skiing versus Snowboarding

Which is right for you?

The definitive guide to choosing your snowsport. Wondering whether you should you ski or snowboard? We ask an expert and close the book.

Read More
A skier or snowboarder admiring the Alpine view

Week One as a Snowboarder

Q&A with Phil Teare

What should you expect from your beginner's snowboarding holiday? Backflips and an Instagram following or just a sore bottom? Your questions answered.

Read More
An individual snowboarder mastering her new skills

What's your level of skiing?

And why you need to know

What level of skier or snowboarder are you? Find out what to focus on next and which ski or snowboard lessons (if any) are right for you.

Read More
Single skier executing a parallel turn on skis

Where to ski solo and why

Top ski routes for solos

The definitive list guide to skiing solo. Where to ski and why - as a single skier and as a group of solo travellers together. Definitive list of solo routes.

Read More
Empty Ski lifts shot by Solo Skier

Who else is travelling solo?

And why they go it alone

More and more people are booking solo travel experiences by choice rather than by necessity. So who are they and what makes solo travel so popular in 2019? We find out.

Read More
Solo Traveler in Uxmal, Mexico