Find your level

We know how important it is to put you in the right ski lesson based on your ability. Find your ski level with our handy guide and videos to help you select the right lesson or adventure for your ability. The levels describe what level you are currently at and what you can already do, not what you will be learning in the lessons.

Then, once you’ve determined your level, find out what adult groups, clinics and private lessons we have on offer.

Adult Ski Levels

Ski Level 1

This is my first time or I’m still skiing on nursery slopes and learning to snowplough turn.

Ski Level 2

I can snowplough turn competently on green runs.

Ski Level 3

I’m comfortable on blue runs. I’m no longer a plough turner but I’m not quite parallel.

Ski Level 4

I can already consistently perform basic parallel turns and feel happy on groomed red runs.

Ski Level 5

I’m happy tackling all pistes in a confident parallel.

Ski Level 6

I’m happy skiing everywhere parallel, and in varying conditions on or off-piste, steep or bumpy.

Ski Level 1

This is my first time or I’m still skiing on nursery slopes and learning to snowplough turn.

Our recommendations for you:

Ski Level 2

I can snowplough turn competently on green runs.

Our recommendations for you:

Ski Level 3

I’m comfortable on blue runs. I’m no longer a plough turner but I’m not quite parallel.

Our recommendations for you:

Ski Level 4

I can already consistently perform basic parallel turns and feel happy on groomed red runs.

Our recommendations for you:

Ski Level 5

I’m happy tackling all pistes in a confident parallel.

Our recommendations for you:

Ski Level 6

I’m happy skiing everywhere parallel, and in varying conditions on or off-piste, steep or bumpy.

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Adult Ski Level FAQs

We do our best to ensure that this doesn’t happen during the booking process. If your instructor feels that you are in the wrong group, however, we will do our best to move you into a more suitable level.

No. We are really proud of our diverse, fun and friendly international team. Boasting some of the best instructors from around the world. Hailing from England to Edinburgh, Austria to Australia, and everything in between. All of our instructors speak good English, and most importantly, they have extensive experience teaching in English. Many of our instructors are native English speakers but that’s not the only important factor we consider when we recruit our instructor team. Our instructors are carefully selected for their teaching ability, people skills, and passion for the sport, as well as their fluency in English. We think this makes our team a well-rounded bunch and it means that we also have other language skills should you require them.

  • During peak weeks our adult groups have 2 – 8 people.
  • During non-peak weeks, all our French resorts have 2 -6 per group.
  • In Verbier, our groups have 2 -5 per group and in Villars 2 – 4 per group.

Depending on which resort you’re heading to, requirements will vary. Refer to the ski school pages for resort-specific recommendations.

Alternatively, we’re always here to help. Get in touch for more info about lift passes in your resort, and for your specific lesson.

Unfortunately, we’re unable to offer to join a group for part of the week. It’s important each pupil is in the group for the entire week so that everyone progresses at a similar rate.

We are always sorry if you cannot make the lessons that you have booked, but if you do not attend the lesson on the day we cannot give a refund for the missed lesson or reschedule. We are happy to provide a letter for your insurance company in this instance. If you miss a day of a group lesson, it’s fine to come back the next day but know that you may find yourself behind the rest of the group and may need to be moved down a level if appropriate.

Adult Snowboard Levels

Snowboard Level 1

This is my first time.

Snowboard Level 2

I can turn heelside to toeside and toeside to heelside on easy terrain such as a green run, snowdome, or dry slope.

Snowboard Level 3

I can ride and turn on blue runs. On green runs, I link my turns and carry my speed from one turn to the next.

Snowboard Level 4

I’m happy riding on red runs. I can ride fast and make basic switch turns on easy slopes.

Snowboard Level 5

I can ride on all marked runs. On easy slopes, I can grip and carve. I have done a bit of off-piste and freestyle.

Snowboard Level 1

This is my first time.

Our recommendations for you:

Snowboard Level 2

I can turn heelside to toeside and toeside to heelside on easy terrain such as a green run, snowdome, or dry slope.

Our recommendations for you:

Snowboard Level 3

I can ride and turn on blue runs. On green runs, I link my turns and carry

my speed from one turn to the next.

Our recommendations for you:

Snowboard Level 4

I’m happy riding on red runs. I can ride fast and make basic switch turns on easy slopes.

Our recommendations for you:

Snowboard Level 5

I can ride on all marked runs. On easy slopes, I can grip and carve. I have done a bit of off-piste and freestyle.

Our recommendations for you:

Adult Snowboard Level FAQs

We do our best to ensure that this doesn’t happen during the booking process. If your instructor feels that you are in the wrong group, however, we will do our best to move you into a more suitable level.

No. We are really proud of our diverse, fun and friendly international team. Boasting some of the best instructors from around the world. Hailing from England to Edinburgh, Austria to Australia, and everything in between. All of our instructors speak good English, and most importantly, they have extensive experience teaching in English. Many of our instructors are native English speakers but that’s not the only important factor we consider when we recruit our instructor team. Our instructors are carefully selected for their teaching ability, people skills, and passion for the sport, as well as their fluency in English. We think this makes our team a well-rounded bunch and it means that we also have other language skills should you require them.

  • During peak weeks our adult groups have 2 – 8 people.
  • During non-peak weeks, all our French resorts have 2 -6 per group.
  • In Verbier, our groups have 2 -5 per group and in Villars 2 – 4 per group.

Depending on which resort you’re heading to, requirements will vary. Refer to the ski school pages for resort-specific recommendations.

Alternatively, we’re always here to help. Get in touch for more info about lift passes in your resort, and for your specific lesson.

Unfortunately, we’re unable to offer to join a group for part of the week. It’s important each pupil is in the group for the entire week so that everyone progresses at a similar rate.

We are always sorry if you cannot make the lessons that you have booked, but if you do not attend the lesson on the day we cannot give a refund for the missed lesson or reschedule. We are happy to provide a letter for your insurance company in this instance. If you miss a day of a group lesson, it’s fine to come back the next day but know that you may find yourself behind the rest of the group and may need to be moved down a level if appropriate.

Kid’s Ski Levels

Whippersnappers

(4-5yrs)*

This is my first time or I’m still skiing on nursery slopes and learning to snowplough turn. *In Austria our Whippersnappers are 4-8yrs.

Wallabies

(6-12yrs)*

This is my first time or I’m still skiing on nursery slopes and learning to snowplough turn. *In Austria our Wallabies are 9-12yrs.

Young Arrows (5-7yrs)

& Arrows (6-12yrs)

I can already take lifts (drag/chair) and ski green runs doing good plough turns.

Bombers

(6-12yrs)

I can happily bomb down blue runs but my skis aren’t always parallel.

Rockets

(8-13yrs)

I can already ski parallel turns down red slopes

Freeride

(10-13yrs)

I am a strong parallel skier that can ski on all pistes without any trouble.

Pro Rider

(13-17yrs)

I’m happy skiing everywhere parallel, and in varying conditions on or off-piste, steep or bumpy.

Whippersnappers (4-5 years)

This is my first time or I’m still skiing on nursery slopes and learning to snowplough turn. Whippersnappers is our first attempt at skiing so we’ll try and make it a good one! Our lessons are usually shorter than lessons for older children so we don’t get fed up. We’ll get used to the environment and the clunky equipment. We’ll have some fun, build some snowmen, have some snacks and see if we can ski by ourselves by the end of the week.

What we’ll learn: How to manoeuvre around in ski kit and how to ski. That skiing is fun. That we can do it, and that we want to do it again next year!

The award for Whippersnappers: For having a go we will get a polar bear badge and if I can slide in a straight line, stop and walk around with skis on I will get my 1*.

Our recommendations for you:

Wallabies (6-12 years)

This is my first time or I’m still skiing on nursery slopes and learning to snowplough turn. Wallabies is for first-time skiers from 6-12 years old. Usually, we get to grips with skiing pretty quick and after a week of lessons, it’s not uncommon to see us tackling blue runs with confidence.

What we’ll learn: We’ll learn how to plough turn and ski on a nursery, green and beyond. We’ll also figure out how to take lifts safely.

The award for Wallabies: If I can glide and stop I will reach the 1* but if I can plough turn and take lifts then I will get a 2*. It has been known for super Wallabies to get a 3* after a week’s work!

*Please note, in Austria our Wallabies groups are for children 9-12 years.

Our recommendations for you:

Young Arrows & Arrows

(Young Arrows – 5-7 years, Arrows – 6-12 years)

Arrows is when we have already skied a week, can take drag lifts and have covered the basics already. We may be a bit shaky on the first morning but it won’t take us long to get going. We’ll be ploughing around the green runs having fun before moving onto bigger and better things!

What we’ll learn: To be confident in the mountain environment, on lifts and be able to ski in a strong and controlled plough on green runs and move towards getting rid of the plough to allow faster skiing on tougher blue slopes.

The award for Arrows: If I can ski green runs doing plough turns I will get a 2* award but if I can finish the turn and match my skis together all the time then I get a 3*.

Our recommendations for you:

Bombers (6-12 yrs)

Being in Bombers is about loads of fun, bumps, jumps, and bombing around the mountain. We’re quite happy zooming around on blue runs and during the week we’ll aim to get our skis to parallel so that we can start to ski like a real expert.

What we’ll learn: Learn to parallel ski.

The award for Bombers: If I ski well but keep a small wedge when I do my turns, then I’ll get a 4* badge. If I manage to make turns where my skis are totally parallel then I’ve earned my 5* badge.

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Rockets (8-13 years)

A Rocket can already do parallel turns. In the Rockets we’re going to test those parallel turns on red runs and maybe have a shot on some blacks. Say goodbye to wobbly skiing as we become confident ski demons able to tackle tough slopes and rougher terrain with ease.

What we’ll learn:  Learn to parallel ski on reds, use our poles and ski a whole variety of terrain from reds to blacks to bumps and jumps.

The award for Rockets: If I can ski some great parallels and pole plant then I will achieve a 6* and if I can keep these parallels going no matter what terrain, then I will be a 7*.

Our recommendations for you:

Freeride (10-13 years)

Freeride is for kids who are already excellent parallel skiers on all pistes from green to black. Freeride is all about knowing the technique and tactics to tackle any piste expertly mixed in with a good dose of negotiating all sorts of mountain terrain from bumps to powder to steep runs to jumps and gullies!

What we’ll learn: We’ll make solid skiers able to tackle all the mountain has to throw at you.

The award for Freeride: Normally 7-8 on the Snowlife award system but we sometimes swap the badges for something cooler!

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Pro-Rider (13-17 years)

Pro rider is for teenagers who are level 6 skiers or above. While they have probably outgrown kids groups, they might not want to be stuck with adults all week. This is why we’ve introduced a specialized Pro Rider teen group. Pro Rider groups will give your teen the opportunity to learn and develop in different areas of skiing in a fun environment with others their age.

What we’ll learn: A taster of what the pros do and learn the basics of ski racing. Another day will be spent in the park focused on freestyle skiing. They’ll be hitting the boxes and learning new jumps – and maybe teaching us a thing or two! A third day will be spent learning avalanche safety basics and then they’ll head off-piste to find some fresh snow.

*Please note, our Pro Rider level guide video is displayed as Adult Level 6 as the standard of skiing is the same. Pro Rider video to come!

Our recommendations for you:

Off-Piste Levels

Off-Piste Level 1

I’m happy skiing or boarding on all pistes. I can link turns and stop safely on steep slopes. I’m physically fit and have a go-getter attitude.

Off-Piste Level 2

I’m happy and confident skiing or snowboarding off-piste in moderate terrain.

Off-Piste Level 3

I’m happy skiing or snowboarding off-piste in all conditions including steep terrain and narrow couloirs. I thoroughly understand off-piste safety procedures and have practised with avalanche safety equipment.

Off-Piste Level 1

I’m happy skiing or boarding on all pistes. I can link turns and stop safely on steep slopes. I’m physically fit and have a go-getter attitude.

Total Skiing/Snowboarding Experience: Min. 5 weeks

Off-Piste Experience: 0-3 weeks

Our recommendations for you:

Off-Piste Level 2

I’m happy and confident skiing or snowboarding off-piste in moderate terrain.

Total Skiing/Snowboarding Experience: Min. 10 weeks

Off-Piste Experience: Min. 3 weeks with a guide

Our recommendations for you:

Off-Piste Level 3

I’m happy skiing or snowboarding off-piste in all conditions including steep terrain and narrow couloirs. I thoroughly understand off-piste safety procedures and have practised with avalanche safety equipment.

Total Skiing/Snowboarding Experience: Min. 15 weeks.

Off-Piste Experience: More than 6 weeks

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