It’s hard to rate your own snowboard ability level sometimes, but it does help us find the perfect session for you to have the most fun. We’ve outlined some common levels below and some of our lessons, camps and courses we think are best for riders in those categories.
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.
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 8 - You’re riding all but the steepest of black runs with ease, switch comes naturally even on reds and are able to carve with head turning flair across most slopes. You’re dynamic and controlled in any variable or tight terrain and flow through powder fields like a hot knife in butter. In the park you’re attempting 360’s and hitting the blue kickers, starting to get air in the super pipe and rotating in a smaller pipe. Side on rails and 180’s on/off boxes are all in the bag along with more complex features and technical flatland combos.
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.