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Your Ski Level

WHAT LEVEL SKIER ARE YOU?

It’s good to have an idea of your ski level; where you are and where you want to be so you can book an appropriate course. We’ve created a simple system to help you get an idea of your level. This is based around the type of skiing you are confident to do.

NOTE: All ski groups can change depending on many factors – weather, others in the group, snow texture, confidence levels, injury, illness.  These levels are to be used as an initial guide at the time of booking and the final decision on ski groups will be made by our instructors in resort who will decide on the best possible group for you to ski on the week you have booked.

WHY DO I NEED TO KNOW MY LEVEL?

Improving skiing is so easy if you are in the right environment. Not too difficult and not too easy, just right. So understanding your level is helpful for you to achieve your skiing goals.

Remember when reading the levels that Snoworks is for everyone that wants to improve and have great skiing experiences. it’s all about joining the right group and at Snoworks we are really good at making sure this happens. Before you arrive, when you arrive and even whilst on the course itself by making it easy to move between groups.

If you want to chat further about the best course for you, call our office. If you are a skier that can ski easy reds, don’t be put off when reading the ‘steep & deep’ descriptions and vice versa. We have lots of flexibility in the resort, with groups for all levels on most weeks, to make sure you’re skiing with skiers of simiilar experience and ability.

Level 1  NEW TO SKIING OR HAVE LITTLE EXPERIENCE

Currently we have no courses for this level as most beginners and novices tend to book their ski lessons via their tour operator, hotel or chalet. Our current courses start at easy red runs. If there are a group of you with little or no experience we may be able to tailor-make a group or arrange a One to One (private) group. Please contact the office. We would love to help in your development.

Level 2  GREEN & EASY BLUE RUNS

Currently we have no courses for this level as most novices and early intermediate skiers tend to book their ski lessons via the tour operator, hotel or chalet. Our current courses start at easy red runs. If there are a number of you at this level we may be able to tailor-make a group or arrange a One to One (private) group. Please contact the office. We would love to help in your development.

Level 3  BLUE & EASY RED RUNS – ENTRY LEVEL TO ALL-TERRAIN COURSES

Your entry into the Snoworks Ski Courses programme and a whole new world of skiing.  This is where your journey into All-Terrain can start. You may have reached that level which is commonly known as the ‘Intermediate Plateau‘.

You can ski all the blues and some reds providing the terrain is well pisted, with good visibility and good snow. You begin to struggle when the terrain becomes more variable; ice starts to appear, bumps begin to form, the terrain becomes steep, crowded or narrow and visibility goes.

This is where Snoworks is in a class of its own. You’re moving from what we call the ‘closed’ environment into the ‘open’ environment – From terrain which is constant and predictable to terrain which is varied and unpredictable. This is our speciality at Snoworks.  Join us on an All-Terrain course.

FITNESS/STAMINA

To join this level course you need to be able to ski non stop on blues and easy reds for a 3 hour period and get up unaided in the event of a fall. Hot chocolate stops are occasionally included in the event of really bad weather.

BLOGS

Why intermediate skiers should come skiing with Snoworks

Intermediate to competent all-mountain skier

Level 4   RED AND EASY BLACK RUNS

If you can ski all reds and easy blacks, this is your entry into much of the Snoworks Ski Courses programme and a whole new world of skiing.

You are now keen to take your skiing to a whole new level. You’re ready to begin learning to tackle more difficult blacks, steeper slopes, bumps, ice, ski faster with more control, cope with variable snow and terrain, begin your first steps off-piste, even ski more competently in bad visibility.  Join us on an All-Terrain Course.

FITNESS/STAMINA

To join this level course you need to be able to ski non stop on reds and easy blacks for a 3 hour period, get up unaided in the event of a fall and have the desire to begin your journey into easy off-piste skiing.

UNSURE IF YOU’RE THIS LEVEL?

Choose a week where there is a red/black run group, you can move between the different groups as required during the week.

Level 4 +  BLACK & FRONT-SIDE OFF-PISTE – ENTRY LEVEL TO OFF PISTE COURSES

It’s a big jump from skiing easy blacks with no off-piste experience to being a competent off-piste skier. You may therefore be what we call a “frontside off-piste skier”. Frontside is a term many ski manufacturers now use to describe their all-terrain skis so this term is beginning to be commonly used. It’s where you have some off-piste experience and are confident to ski off-piste between ski lifts within the resort boundaries where the terrain is generally more skied and often has a firm base beneath the new fresh snow.

You can join in all of the All-Terrain & Off-Piste courses along with many of the All-Terrain Safaris. For Backcountry, Backcountry Access and Ski Adventures please check with the office as we begin to tailor some of these courses for this level on specific dates.

FITNESS/STAMINA

To join this level course you need to be able to ski non stop on all blacks and off-piste frontside for a 3 hour period. You also need to be able to get up unaided after a fall in off-piste without removing skis. If you are booking a Backcountry or Backcountry Access course you need to have a high fitness level to ski off-piste all day.

UNSURE IF YOU’RE THIS LEVEL?

Choose a week where All-Terrain for black run skiers are also running,  you can move between the different groups as required.

Level 5  BACK-SIDE OFF-PISTE – ALL SNOWORKS COURSES

You can confidently ski blacks whatever the conditions, bumps, cope with ice and steeper slopes and happily ski in bad visibility. You also have the experience, confidence and ability to ski off-piste away from the resort boundaries and ski lifts. What we call ‘backside off-piste’. This is a term many ski manufacturers now use for their off-piste skis so the term is beginning to be a commonly used term. ‘Backside’ the snow is often deeper and less skied with no firm base below the surface and you are skiing untracked snow well away from the resort boundaries.

You’re now looking for exciting new experiences and to go to places you would not go by yourself with skiers of a similar ability under expert guidance. At the same time you’d like to learn new skills and to develop your skiing to cope with steeper and deeper off-piste, maybe more demanding bumps and conditions when they become tricky.

Welcome to advanced all-mountain skiing with Snoworks. Ski more, learn more, experience more and enjoy your skiing more then ever before.  You are at the level where you can join the whole Snoworks programme. All-Terrain,  Off-PisteAll-Terrain SafariBackcountryBackcountry Access and Ski Adventures.

FITNESS

To join this level course you need to be able to ski non stop off-piste back-side for a 3 hour period or all day depending on the course you’re booking (half day or all day). If you are booking a Backcountry, Backcountry Access,  or Adventure course you need to have a high fitness level to ski off-piste Backside all day (except for breaks for lunch).

UNSURE IF YOU’RE THIS LEVEL?

Choose a week where All-Terrain or Off-Piste Courses for Frontside off-piste skiers are also running, you can move between the different level groups as required.

Level 6  STEEP & DEEP – ALL SNOWORKS COURSES

You’ve arrived at a level where you can competently ski everywhere on and off-piste whatever the conditions, steepness of the slope, size of the bumps and depth of the powder. You very confident skiing ice and skiing in bad visibility and happy to ski off-piste well away from the resort boundaries.

You probably like to make the most of your time skiing, searching out the best snow, the best terrain and skiing with people equally as competent as yourself, we can provide you with exceptional skiing experiences with other skiers of a similar level under expert guidance.  As an ‘expert’ skier you may also be interested in our PRO COURSES

FITNESS/STAMINA

A high level of fitness is required. You probably work out, swim lanes, run, cycle or hill walk regularly throughout the year. You’re going to be skiing steep and deep snow all day (except for lunch stops).

UNSURE IF YOU’RE THIS LEVEL?

There will often be a Back-Side Off Piste group running for the same course, you can move between the different groups as required.

Level 7  EXTREME – ALL SNOWORKS COURSES

You are a competent all-mountain skier with a high fitness level to ski hard and fast all day everyday. You can ski everywhere on the mountain on and off-piste whatever the depth and texture of the snow, whatever the steepness of the terrain and whatever the size of the bumps.

We recognise the better you get, the harder it is to find people to ski with and share those experiences. So on certain weeks throughout the season we’ve dedicated ski courses to extremely high level skiers with high fitness levels. Contact the office to see which dates are the most suitable.  As an ‘expert’ skier you may also be interested in our PRO COURSES

 

OTHER NOTES

  • SKIING OFF-PISTE – we recommend that you ski off-piste with qualified guides and instructors
  • HELMETS – we recommend you wear a helmet

SKI GROUPS – ESTIMATING YOUR LEVEL

If you over estimate or under estimate your level, on most weeks we have groups of different levels so there will be another group you can move into.   From day 1 we encourage people to be able to move groups as necessary to maximise the learning experience and your enjoyment.

At the ‘easy blue and red run’ level if you over estimate your level and find the group is too demanding and we have no alternative groups for you to move into we will arrange alternative instruction in the resort. We will make sure you get the best available instruction for your level using the course fee you have paid. The instruction will be equivalent to the course fee paid for your Snoworks course but not necessarily the equivalent duration as it may end up being private instruction. You will learn lots, improve your skiing, have fun and still be on holiday with all your friends.  See our terms and conditions.