Children’s Ski Levels

What Ski Level is your Child?

It’s not always easy to determine your child’s ski level so we’ve made some handy videos to help which you can see below, alongside our New Generation children’s level descriptions. Getting it right first time helps us place your child in the right group, which is the most important thing for their enjoyment and improvement. And happy children means happy parents and more ski holidays in the future!

All New Generation ski and snowboard lessons are taught in English, in small groups, with helpers for the little ones where possible. You can see from the following selection of children’s ski level videos, how to define where your child is with their skiing.

We use the Snowlife award system for our children’s groups. You can find more info about that here.

Then, once you’ve determined the right level see what children’s ski lessons we can offer. Or for teens (13-16yrs), see our adult ski level guide.

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Whippersnappers

  • Beginners age 4 and 5

Whippersnappers is our first attempt at skiing so we’ll try and make it a good one! We have small groups with a maximum of six with helpers if there are 3 or more children. Our Whippersnappers 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*. If I can do plough turns I could even get a 2*.

‘Making the first time a great time’

Wallabies

  • Beginners age 6-12

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 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*.

‘Getting started on the right foot’

Arrows & Young Arrows

  • 5-7 yrs for Young Arrows or 6-12 yrs for Arrows

The 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! By the end of the week almost all of us will be well on the way to getting rid of that plough.

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*.

‘Let’s get around this mountain’

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.

‘Love skiing and explore’

Rockets

  • 8-13 yrs

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 tougher terrain with ease. If you can already ski parallel and want to get ready for reds and become a rocking skier, then jump in a Rockets group.

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 whether it’s bumpy, icy, choppy or steep then I will be a 7*.

‘From intermediate to advanced’

Freeride

  • 10-13 yrs

Freeride is for kids who are already excellent parallel skiers on all pistes from green to black. This is an all terrain lesson where you will learn how to ski all the mountain has to offer. Learn to tackle bumps, powder, steep runs, jumps and gullies. Freeride is to help take your skiing from good to mega and become 4×4 all terrain skiers.

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

The awards for Freeride: Normally 8-9 on the Snowlife but we sometimes swap the badges for something cooler!

‘All terrain camp for top guns’

Choose the right Ski or Snowboard Lesson

Now you know your level choose the right lesson for you. We have a great selection of lessons for beginners right up to advanced adventurers!