Learning to Ski & Snowboard Video Descriptions

Skier Levels

Discover Skiing - First Time Skier

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.

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

  • Welcome to the Sport of Skiing!
  • First time skier who has never skied before.
Mount Washington Snow School Discover Skiing

Level 1 - Beginner Skier

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

Snow School Level 1 Skiing

Level 2 - Novice Skier

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.

Snow School Level 2 Skiing

Level 3 - Intermediate Skier

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.

 

Snow School Level 3 Skiing

Level 4 - Advanced Skier

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

Snow School Level 4 Skiing

Level 5 - Expert Skier

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

Snow School Level 5 Skiing

Snowboarding Levels

Discover Snowboarding - First Time Rider

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.

Mount Washington Snow School Discover Skiing

Level 1 - Beginner Rider

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 1 - Beginner Rider

Level 2 - Novice Rider

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.

Snow School Level 2 - Novice Rider

Level 3 - Intermediate Rider

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.

Snow School Level 3 Rider

Level 4 - Advanced Rider

Advanced 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.

Snow School Level 4 - Advanced Rider

Level 5 - Expert Rider

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.

Snow School Level 5 Rider

Cancellation Policy

Mount Washington Alpine Resort Lesson Booking and Cancellation Policy:

All lesson/daycare cancellations must be made at least 48 hours in advance of the lesson time.

All lessons/daycare sessions must be paid in full at the time of booking. Lesson/daycare cancellations must be made at least 48 hours in advance of the lesson time. You can call Snow School at 250.338 1386 ext. 672 for Mountain Kids programs (including daycare). You may also email cancellations@mountwashington.ca for cancellations only. Do not use this email for questions or bookings, use the options for each program found below. Any cancellations made within 24-48 hours of your reserved lesson/daycare session, regardless of reason, will incur a $29.00 administration fee. Within 24 hours of the lesson time no refunds will be issued for cancellations/re-bookings (changing of student level exempt) Refunds will not be issued for missed lessons/daycare due to weather conditions or illness.

If you are late for a lesson we will do our best to re-book for later that day. If a guest becomes ill during a lesson we will re-book the lesson for another day.

 

Snow School Tips
  • The first thing to do is to expect variable weather conditions and bringing a jacket, snow pants, toque, gloves and goggles.
  • Try to show up at least one hour prior to your intended lesson time. All lessons and rentals are found in the Bradley Building, which can be reached by the chunnel connecting the two buildings. If your children are 12 and under please proceed downstairs once you have reached the Bradley building to book your child's lesson in Mountain Kids.
  • While in the chunnel you will see Rental Forms, which can be filled out for the rental of your equipment, lessons are then booked at the Snow School desk.
  • If you would like to save time and download and print the Assumption of Risk and Rental Agreement prior to arriving at the mountain, you may download the Mountain Kids rental waiver here (PDF) or the adult rental waiver here (PDF). The agreement MUST BE PRINTED IN COLOR. Black and white copies will not be accepted.

Mtn Kids Waiver (PDF). The agreement MUST BE PRINTED IN COLOR. Black and White copies will not be accepted.

Alpine Rentals Form and Waiver (PDF). The agreement MUST BE PRINTED IN COLOR. Black and White copies will not be accepted.

Winter Bradley Centre Snow School Hours:

Located through the chunnel from the Marmot floor of the Alpine Lodge
  • December to April
  • Sun. - Wed.: 8am to 4pm
  • Thurs. - Sat., & holidays: 8am to 8pm (during Night Skiing season, otherwise until 4pm)

Pre-Register for all the listed programs at least 2 days prior to arrival by calling Reservations at 250-338-1386. There is a limit to class sizes and some classes do fill up. Same day "On-Site" registration ends 30 minutes prior to lesson start time and is on a space availability basis.

Ability Videos

Not sure what level of skier or snowboarder you are? Please review these videos to help guide you towards the lesson best suited to your needs.

Tot Ability Videos

Not sure what level of skier or snowboarder you are? Please review these videos to help guide you towards the lesson best suited to your needs.

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