What level am I?
It’s hard to rate your own snowboard ability level, but it doing so helps us find the perfect session for you. We’ve outlined some common levels and ideas for lessons/camps in each below.
Level 1 – You’re new to snowboarding and ready for the fun to begin! We’ll help you learn how to control that giant ironing board strapped to your feet and build your confidence every step of the way. WARNING… snowboarding can be a little bit addictive!
Level 2 – You’ve spent a couple of hours riding (maybe indoor) and are happy making toe/heel sideslips and falling leaf.
Level 3 – You’re beginning to make basic C shaped turns on the beginner hill or easy green runs.
Level 4 – You’re linking ‘S’ shaped turns on green slopes and controlling your speed with ease. You’re starting to eye up your first blue runs and are exploring more of the mountain.
Backcountry snowboard lessons have start locations in Morzine, Avoriaz and Les Gets, using our local knowledge with a mixture of lift accessed terrain and short hikes to deliver the best off piste experience for your ability.
Level 5 – You’re happy making flowing turns on most blue runs, able to change your turn shape and control speed with ease.
You have blue runs in the bag and are now riding with more speed, using your edges to start carving the board. You’ve dabbling with switch turns on easier slopes and have got some air time off small rollers, maybe even intentionally too!. You’re trying a few easy flatland freestyle moves like tail presses and ollies, turning the mountain into your playground.
Level 6 – You’re using more dynamic movements (flexing/extending) to make turns on easy red runs and are able to perform a variety of turns shapes and sizes, even on slightly bumpy terrain. You’re linking switch turns on easier slopes and in the park you’re acquainted with green jumps/kickers, trying a couple of grabs for extra style points. You’ve attempted 50-50’s (riding straight over) on easy boxes and some more technical slope tricks like ground 180’s or nose rolls.
Level 7 – Your riding has purpose and style on all red runs, carving and switch on blue slopes both come with ease. You’ve tried a few easy powder runs and laps through the trees. In the park you’re happy with board slides on boxes, are attempting ride on rails or harder boxes and have taken a few laps in the pipe. 180’s are a go-to trick on easy kickers and side hits, plus your range of grabs and flatland combos are ever increasing.
Level 9 – You’re confident on any slope (even a 50° couloirs) and are killing it in the park/pipe, with bigger spins (540’s+) on larger features (red/black) and maybe even an invert in the bag. Viewing the whole mountain as a blank canvass, leaving clean lines and effortless creativity in your wake where ever you ride.
You’ve worked hard to reach this level but your path to becoming a true snowboard ninja is just beginning and we’re here to help you achieve a level of true mastery, check these sessions out for some ideas.