LEVELS OF SKIING / Boarding
Note: Lessons and doing a little bit of drills each time you are
out will make your ability grow to the point of freedom. I am proof
of that. Learn what is expected at each level so you have a focal
point. Start with the basics and grow from there.
1997. I started skiing last year. I started training
for skiing by playing tennis (lateral movements) and rollerblading
(balance). I also took three ONE-ON-ONE hour long lessons. The first
day I went from a level 0 to level 3. I stayed on the green slopes
for the next 2 skiing days. I progressed to Medium (Blue) slopes
by the fifth time skiing. In all I skied 110 hours last year all
local. By the end of the season I was doing the double diamonds.
(all without any broken bones)
So be smart get lessons. Don't ski steeps when you
are tired and don't let your EGO decide your ability.
One other tip besides Lessons. Check out the video
store and rent ski instruction tapes. See my links section for skiing
instruction and my special interests section for ski tuning/waxing.
Once you catch the bug you won't stop.
Summarizing and simplifying:
1=first time ever ..Can balance,
move, walk, glide, slide and stop
2=beginning wedge turns ..Balance
exercises, basic wedge turns, speed control and stopping...Mileage
3=advanced wedge turns to early
skidding....Linked wedge turns with rhythm, develop pressure control
movements, Wedge Christies
4=beginning wedge Christy Refine
wedge Christies, more pressure on outside ski, active steering of
the inside ski
5=advanced wedge Christy and
beginning parallel...refinement of crossover, intro to pole usage,
Ski varied terrain, intro
to short radius turns
...refine weight transfer, pole touch, short radius turns
7=more dynamic parallel
more varied terrain, racing
8=all terrain parallel
9=dynamic all-terrain parallel
and whatever it takes.
TRAILS TO USE as you progress
LEVELS 1-3 Stay on Beginner
Trails (learn how to get off lifts) Practice
LEVELS 4-5 Beginner/Intermediate
Trails. Practice good Parallel, Pole usage
LEVELS 6-8 Intermediate/Single
Black Practice Parallel, pole usage (important for steeps)
LEVELS 8-10 Double Black/Single
Pole usage, moguls
L E V E L 1 First time boarding experience.
L E V E L 2 You can perform a skidded traverse on
both heel-side and toe-side edges and can stop.
L E V E L 3 You can perform skidded traverses in
both directions with confidence and can make basic turns in both
L E V E L 4 You can turn in both directions with
speed control and are working on linking turns.
L E V E L 5 You are linking skidded turns with
good speed control and shape, and are seeking more challenging terrain.
A variety of turn radii is apparent.
L E V E L 6 You are confident on most intermediate
terrain under good conditions and are beginning to carve turns.
L E V E L 7 You are comfortable on all intermediate
terrain under good conditions. You are fine-tuning carved turns
and seeking more challenging terrain including bumps and varying
L E V E L 8 You are confident performing carved
turns and are refining technique in all snow conditions and terrain.
L E V E L 9 You can negotiate the entire mountain
with confidence and ease, working on the fine points of efficiency
and exploring the extremes of riding.
Also see ROBERTS
SKI & SNOWBOARD PAGE
His page has Instructors Exams for Ski and Snowboard
with answers for review, mini lessons for both including tricks,
tips. Check it out
FOR SAFETY ALWAYS STOP WHEN YOU GET TIRED. Live
to ski / board another day.