Skiers ability levels for the group courses range from basic intermediate skiers wishing to get off the intermediate plateau to skiers taking their instructors exams and performance training for competition. On the first day of the course we have a ski-off where we split the whole group into smaller individual groups based on your ski ability and confidence. To easily identify the level of skiers, and roughly assess which level you currently are, please click on the videos below and have a watch and read of the information. If you need further help don’t hesitate to get in touch by phone or email.
Warren Smith Ski Academy - LEVEL 1 SKIER
Basic This group consists of skiers who are trying to make basic parallel turns but use a snowplough wedge in between the turns to help turn initiation. Skiers of this ability can confidently get down blue runs but struggle on reds. They still have the confidence to tackle red runs but make technical mistakes on them. They have little or no experience in moguls, steeps or off piste terrain but hope to attempt these areas as their skills improve. Advanced Level 1 skiers will demonstrate the same technical problems as the basic level 1 skiers. However, confidence levels will be higher and skiers may explore skiing at higher speeds on slightly steeper red slopes.
Warren Smith Ski Academy - LEVEL 2 SKIER
Basic These skiers can get down red runs confidently. On steeper runs their technique suffers and their body weight moves over the back of the skis making steering more difficult. These skiers have usually attempted moguls, steeps and a bit of off-piste skiing but with little success. Advanced Level 2 will show similar faults to the basic skiers but will generally be happier at higher speeds and on slightly steeper slopes. These skiers will also show early signs of dynamic movements, including, strong outside leg extension on the turn initiation, and greater lateral angles.
Warren Smith Ski Academy - LEVEL 3 SKIER
Basic This group consists of skiers who can consistently make parallel turns with confidence on red runs. When they attempt steeper gradients they lose their technique a bit but recover quickly. Skiers of this level have usually learnt the basics of carving and how to make their ski edges grip. These skiers can generally get down moguls and off piste terrain but quite slowly and with less confidence than how they ski on piste. Advanced Level 3 skiers will show good consistency of technique on steeper pistes and higher speeds. These skiers will be wanting to spend more time in challenging terrain to increase mileage and confidence. Technique will still be lost on occasions but quick recoveries will keep the runs alive and positive. Moguls, steeps, powder and other changeable conditions will be where these skiers want to develop new skills.
Warren Smith Ski Academy - LEVEL 4 SKIER
Basic Skiers in this category will show consistency of technique on all pistes and at high speeds rarely losing accuracy. These skiers will enjoy spending time in challenging terrain including variable off piste conditions, powder and moguls. Level 4 skiers will be wanting to push their emotional and physical thresholds as well as developing technique. Advanced level 4 skiers will continue to push their emotional and physical thresholds while being able to maintain a more consistent level of technique in all areas.
Warren Smith Ski Academy - LEVEL 5 SKIER
Basic This group consists of skiers who can ski all terrains and gradients very comfortably but want to be able to ski at higher speeds on harder slopes through greater dynamics. Skiers of this ability would be beginning to develop the basics of race training, steep couloirs, high level instructor exam technical requirements, freeride performance and skiing in challenging conditions. Advanced level 5 skiers will show similar technical levels but with more flair and control. They will use the terrain and features to be inventive and add an element of style to their runs.
Warren Smith Ski Academy - LEVEL 6 SKIER
This group consists of skiers who are actively competing in selected disciplines including Alpine Racing, Freeride, Moguls or Freestyle events. These skiers will be wanting to push themselves to their absolute physical and psychological limits by skiing in the most challenging terrain. These skiers may also be training to acquire their level 4 ski instructor qualification.
Level 0 If you are a beginner or not capable of skiing confidently down a steep blue/flat red slope in varied conditions (regardless of technique) please don’t book onto the group academy courses but book private instruction. You can read lots about our private instruction here and if you wish to enquire or book please get in touch via emailing firstname.lastname@example.org