Snowboard Lesson Levels & Descriptions

Please Note:

When you categorise yourself for lessons please be realistic. Don’t grade yourself on what you want to do, think about what you can do. The lesson descriptions are guides and on the lesson day your instructors will take a good look at your level and re-grade you if required. You are better to start lower and be upgraded than vice versa.

Level 1:

It is your first time snowboarding, you have never ever snowboarded before.
Description of Lesson:
Learn about equipment and safety, moving around on the board, how to slide, balance and stop. Learn to control your speed by side slipping and how to traverse. Get an introduction to turning.

Level 2:

You have snowboarded before and are able to side slip (sliding down the hill with the board oriented across the slope) and are able to traverse on a gentle slope (go in a straight line across the slope). You have probably tried turning but cannot do it both ways successfully.

Description of Lesson:
Learn how to turn and how to control your speed on easy slopes.

Snowboard Level 2 from Daniel Mee on Vimeo.

Level 3:

You can turn in both directions on gentle slopes and are looking to progress to intermediate slopes.

Description of lesson:
Develop your turning technique, refine your side slipping skills and stance. You will move to new slopes with new challenges.

Snowboard Level 3 from Daniel Mee on Vimeo.

Level 4:

You are snowboarding on intermediate slopes; you can control your speed with your turns and are ready to go faster.

Description of lesson:
Improve your board’s performance on the snow, learn edge control skills so you can handle different snow conditions and terrain.

Snowboard Level 4 from Daniel Mee on Vimeo.

Level 5:

You can snowboard on all intermediate slopes with confidence and speed control on these runs is not an issue. You want to tackle the steepest groomed runs and want to venture off piste(off the groomed runs).

Description of lesson:
Improve your short turn, learn to go fast with confidence, look at the tactics involved with snowboarding off piste and on the black (most difficult) slopes.

Snowboard Level 5 from Daniel Mee on Vimeo.

Level 6:

You are a very competent snowboarder; you can board on almost any slope with confidence. You want to learn situational boarding, how to ride powder, moguls (bumps), very steep slopes. Speed is your friend.

Description of Lesson:
Develop your fine balancing skills so you can board anywhere on the mountain. A large emphasis on tactical riding, using the terrain and mountain to your advantage, discussing the different challenges associated with differing terrain. You will soon be snowboarding and thinking like an expert.

Snowboard Level 6 from Daniel Mee on Vimeo.

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