What ability level do you have to be to participate on a tour?

To participate on a backcoutry tour you need to be at least a level 5 or above in the ability chart below.

Ski and snowboard levels

  Ski Snowboard

1
First time skiing First time snowboarding
2 Stopping in a wedge

Turning in a wedge

Controlling speed and stopping

Going left and right on one edge at a time

3

Linking wedge turns confidently

Riding a chair

Doing C turns

Riding a chairlift

4

 

Making skiis parallel at end of turn

Keeping skiis parallel for at least half the turn

Doing S turns

Making turns of various shapes and sizes on green runs

5

 

Keeping skiis parallel always on green runs

Being confident on red runs with your skis parallel

Making S turns on easy red runs

Carving on green and blue runs

Easy freestyle (eg 180’s, grabs, boxes)

6

 

Making carved turns on red runs

Doing short turns

Skiing black runs, moguls and off-piste

Carving on red or black runs

Snowboarding on moguls or off-piste

Advanced freestyle

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