Ability Breakdown

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The No.1 priority for Snow School?

That each and every one of our ski and ride students feel 100% comfortable at all times, and that all lessons are FUN – from start to finish.

Whether it’s your first day on the hill, or you’re a slopeside pro looking to take your skills to the next level, you’re in great hands.

Our Instructors will only ever place you in the group that fits your individual skill level, so absolutely no pressure.  See our handy guide below to see what level you’re currently at, and remember we’re always here to answer all questions you have about lessons and programs. Call us at 403-760-7716 or email at snowschool@banffnorquay.com

Snowboard Levels*

  • Never Snowboarded Before
  • Snowboarded Once or Twice
  • Can Side-Slip on the Magic Carpet on Toe/Heel Edge
  • Can Stop with Control on Beginner Terrain
  • Comfortable on Magic Carpet
  • Comfortable on Beginner Terrain
  • Can Pendulum Left and Right on Toe/Heel Edge on Green Terrain
  • Can Stop with Control on Green Terrain
  • Can Turn Left/Right on Green Terrain (Not Yet Linking Turns)
  • Comfortable on Green Terrain
  • Can Link Turns on Green Terrain
  • Can Pendulum Toe/Heel Edge on Blue Terrain
  • Can Stop with Control on Blue Terrain
  • Comfortable on Blue Terrain
  • Can Link Turns on Blue Terrain
  • Can Pendulum Toe/Heel Edge on Black Terrain
  • Can Stop in Control on Black Terrain
  • Comfortable on Black Terrain
  • Can Link Turns on Black Terrain
  • Can Link Turns in Moguls on Blue Terrain
  • Some Knowledge of Small Terrain Park Features
  • Confident Anywhere on the Mountain
  • Can Link Turns on Any Terrain
  • Can Link Turns in Moguls on Black Terrain
  • Can Link Turns in Treed Areas
  • Basic Knowledge of Terrain Park Features and Skills

*Only Ages 8+ for Group Lessons

Ski Levels

  • Never Skiied Before
  • Been Once or Twice
  • Familiar with Sliding
  • Familiar with Equipment Use
  • Familiar with Magic Carpet Lift
  • Can Stop and Turn on Magic Carpet
  • Confident Stopping on Beginner Terrain
  • Confident Turning on Beginner Terrain
  • Confident Use of Magic Carpet
  • Confident on Green Terrain
  • Can Stop in a Snowplow on Green Terrain
  • Can Turn Confidently in a Snowplow on Green Terrain
  • Familiar with Use of Chairlifts
  • Confident on Blue Terrain
  • Comfortable Turning and Stopping on Blue Terrain
  • Can Parallel Turn on Blue Terrain
  • Can Hockey Stop on Blue Terrain
  • Familiar with Use of All Types of Lifts
  • Confident on Black Terrain
  • Comfortable Turning and Stopping on Black Terrain
  • Can Parallel Turn on Blue Terrain
  • Comfortable in Trees and Bumps on Blue Terrain
  • Can Hockey Stop on Blue Terrain
  • Confident Anywhere on the Mountain
  • Can Ski Double Black Diamond Terrain
  • Parallel Turns and Hockey Stops on Black Terrain
  • Comfortable in Bumps on Black Terrain
  • Comfortable in Tighter Tree Runs, on Black Terrain

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