Vancouver Island | British Columbia | Canada
Alpine
1589m
2 °c 16 km SE
 
Nordic
1100m
5 °c 21 km SE
Lift Status & Conditions
LODGE
EAGLE
NORDIC
HAWK

Skier Ability Levels

Discover Skiing - First Time Skier

Ability Check for Programs at Mount Washington Discover Skiing Lessons (First time skiers) Our programs are dynamic and fun, the way skiing and riding is supposed to be. Please use as a guide only.

  • Welcome to the Sport of Skiing!
  • First time skier who has never skied before.

Terrain: Easy Acres or Green Terrain
GOAL Speed control in snowplow position.

Level 1 - Beginner Skier

Ability Check for Programs at Mount Washington Level One Our programs are dynamic and fun, the way skiing and riding is supposed to be. Please use as a guide only.

  • Rides the magic carpet
  • Cannot consistently snowplow stop
  • Shows a balanced stance in a straight run

Terrain: Easy Acres or Green Terrain
Goal: Can snowplow stop on their own.

Level 2 - Novice Skier

Ability Check for Programs at Mount Washington Level Two, Our programs are dynamic and fun, the way skiing and riding is supposed to be. Please use as a guide only.

  • Can turn left or right snowplow turns on gentle terrain
  • Familiar with riding all magic carpets

Terrain: Skis Green and Blue Terrain in Easy Acres and the Hawk Chair
Goal: Controlled snowplow turns on their own and starting to ski parallel on Green terrain.

Level 3 - Intermediate Skier

Ability Check for Programs at Mount Washington Our programs are dynamic and fun, the way skiing and riding is supposed to be. Please use as a guide only.

  • Able to ski parallel turns with a pole plant on Blue runs
  • Tougher Blue runs remain a challenge
  • Skis are parallel but skier cannot edge well or ski varied terrain (small bumps etc)

Terrain: Skis Blue Terrain on the Hawk and Whiskey Chairs
Goal: Explore varied terrain, coordination of movements for edging and pressure control.

Level 4 - Advanced Skier

Ability Check for Programs at Mount Washington Our programs are dynamic and fun, the way skiing and riding is supposed to be. Please use as a guide only.

  • Strong parallel turns with a pole plant on all Blue and easy Black groomed runs
  • Skis at a moderate pace off piste but are still cautious
  • You are confident in your skills in the Green terrain park

Terrain: Skis Blue/Black Terrain on the Eagle and Sunrise Chairs
Goal: Linking turns in the bumps, explore the Green park and pole plant.

Level 5 - Expert Skier

Ability Check for Programs at Mount Washington Our programs are dynamic and fun, the way skiing and riding is supposed to be. Please use as a guide only.

  • Skis parallel confidently on groomed Black runs
  • Can do short turns in black un-groomed terrain (bumps, powder)
  • Can ski at a faster pace on all black runs & conditions

Terrain: Skis Blue/Black Terrain on Eagle, Outback and Sunrise Chairs
Goal: Experimenting with different turn shapes in all terrain and working towards Instructor Certification.

Snowboard Ability Levels

Discover Snowboarding - First Time Rider

Ability Check for Programs at Mount Washington First Time Rider (Discover Snowboarding) Our programs are dynamic and fun, the way skiing and riding is supposed to be. Please use as a guide only.

  • Welcome to the Sport of Snowboarding!
  • Never ridden before

Terrain: Easy Acres or Green Terrain.
Goal: Speed control through side slipping on your toe or heel edge.

Level 1 - Beginner Rider

Ability Check for Programs at Mount Washington Beginner Rider Our programs are dynamic and fun, the way skiing and riding is supposed to be. Please use as a guide only.

  • Has ridden once before
  • Can side slip easily with direction across on the easiest of Green runs. (ie. power pendulum)

Terrain: Easy Acres or Green Terrain.
Goal: To be able to link toe and heel edge turns

Level 2 - Novice Rider

Ability Check for Programs at Mount Washington Novice Rider Our programs are dynamic and fun, the way skiing and riding is supposed to be. Please use as a guide only.

  • Can confidently link turns on all Green runs

Terrain: Rides Green and Blue Terrain in Easy Acres and the Hawk Chair
Goal: To confidently ride on all Blue runs while linking turns. Experiment with the Beginner Park.

Level 3 - Intermediate Rider

Ability Check for Programs at Mount Washington Intermediate Rider Our programs are dynamic and fun, the way skiing and riding is supposed to be. Please use as a guide only.

  • Can do fluid linked turns on blue runs at moderate speeds
  • Consolidating skills

Terrain: Rides Blue Terrain on the Hawk and Whiskey Chairs
Goal: To get more performance from the board while exploring more challenging terrain. To learn basic freestyle mechanics. Become comfortable in the Beginner Park.

Level 4 - Advanced Rider

Ability Check for Programs at Mount WashingtonAdvanced Rider Our programs are dynamic and fun, the way skiing and riding is supposed to be. Please use as a guide only.

  • Aggressive riding on all Blue runs
  • Consolidating and refining skills
  • Likes to explore steeper and varied terrain

Terrain: Rides Blue and Black Terrain on Eagle and Sunrise Chairs
Goal: To ride switch on Blue terrain. Venture into Advanced Park, moguls and challenging terrain.

Level 5 – Expert Rider

Ability Check for Programs at Mount Washington Our programs are dynamic and fun, the way skiing and riding is supposed to be. Please use as a guide only.

  • Riding Black runs and Advanced park.
  • Refining and creating variation with skill.

Terrain: Rides Blue and Black Terrain on Eagle, Outback and Sunrise Chairs
Goal: To adapt to all terrain and experiment with speed, turn shape and new tricks. Become comfortable with Advanced Park and working towards Instructor Certification.