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What's My Skill Level?

The level descriptions we use here at Sugarbush are a guide that enables all of us in the Ski & Ride School to better accommodate our guests’ needs. Other factors enter into the analysis when we determine the best way to form groups for lessons, and we strongly encourage each guest to be open with our staff about their specific goals. Our lesson levels are as follows:

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Level One:

Skiers & Riders: “Never-Ever” – first time skiers and riders.

Level Two:

Skiers: Can stop using a wedge (a/k/a “snowplow”).

Riders: Can skid on both toe-side and heal-side and can traverse.

Level Three:

Skiers: Can make turns using a wedge.

Riders: Can turn in both directions.

Level Four:

Skiers: Can link wedge turns, working on different turn shapes and sizes.

Riders: Can link turns, working on different turn shapes and sizes.

Level Five:

Skiers: Using turn shape to control speed, beginning to match skis in open-stance parallel.

Riders: Using turn shape to control speed, beginning freestyle maneuvers.

Level Six Skiers:

Skiers: Matching skis earlier in turns and using little wedge, more refined ability to control speed and direction, and venturing to easy off-piste terrain.

Riders: Linking shaped turns on most groomed terrain, venturing into terrain parks and off-piste.

Level Seven:

Skiers: Parallel on all but the steepest groomed terrain, skiing off-piste, including bumps and trees.

Riders: Confidant on all but the steepest groomed terrain, riding off-piste, and beginning to do tricks in the terrain park.

Level Eight:

Skiers: Making dynamic parallel turns, skiing fall-line moguls and consistently skiing on all terrain types including the terrain park and NASTAR.

Riders:  Making dynamic turns, riding on all terrain and in all snow conditions, and performing tricks in the terrain park.

Level Nine:

Skiers & Riders: Confident, in balance and in control using refined technique in all conditions, on all terrain, all of the time. Principal technical focus is tactical and skill blending activities.

 
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