Getting to know your resort ability and powder ability helps us to get to know what you are looking for on your vacation, set up your equipment, and if you are not coming as a group who we might group with you.
Let us know what your average day at a ski resort looks like.
Novice: I can go a day without falling, on the bunny hill. Skier ability to link strong snowplow turns or wide stance parallel. Snowboarder ability to link turns in both directions. Feel comfortable on green runs and occasionally venture onto blue runs.
Intermediate: There is not a run I won’t try, but I prefer the blues. Skier able to ski parallel turns with pole plant. Snowboard ability to turn without side sliding. Can descend blue runs comfortably and attempt occasional black diamond. Starting to explore more varied terrain.
Advanced: I like challenging and varied terrain and can handle black diamond. Skier able to ski strong parallel turns with a pole plant on all blue runs and black runs. Snowboard able to make strong carving turns on all blue and black runs.Capable of, short turns, adapting to varied terrain including off-piste, moguls, powder and more complex terrain.
Expert: I don’t get out of bed for anything less than black diamond. Enjoy the challenge of skiing in control in all conditions and terrain. Basically a pro.
Your ability in powder might be different than your resort ability depending on how much exposure you have had to powder snow and mountainous terrain.
Novice Powder: I have no Powder Snow experience, but I know it something that I want to learn, and that heli-skiing/boarding is an awesome opportunity to learn. I am looking for instruction and support to hit my powder skiing dreams.
Intermediate Powder: I have some exposure to varied mountainous terrain and conditions. I can (or feel confident) that I can link turns on low to moderate angled terrain in backcountry (ungroomed snow) in most conditions. I can navigate well-spaced trees in good conditions. Steeper terrain and trees will be a challenge for me. I am looking for a couple of pointers so I can become consistent and efficient in powder skiing/boarding, and more comfortable in a broader set of backcountry terrain.
Advanced Powder: I have regularly skied/boarded mountainous terrain and have experience and confidence in powder snow. I can consistently link turns on moderate to steep slopes in the backcountry in most conditions. I can link turns in steep terrain and trees in most conditions.
Expert Powder: I am experienced, totally confident and capable of skiing/boarding any backcountry terrain in any conditions.