Ski levels

Whether you are a complete beginner, want to know how to ski trickier snow conditions, or are highly experienced, SB Ski lessons are structured to take technical ability, experience and confidence into account.

Learn to ski, improve and have fun on an SB Ski holiday

The SB Ski instructor team carefully structure group lessons so skiers are comfortable to ski at the same pace and can develop and progress. There is a space on the Booking Form to provide this very valuable information. So how do you know your SB Ski level? Please watch our videos – and also take a look at the skier progressions given below.

For a child, or children, who have never holidayed with SB Ski before, can parents please use the videos to gauge their level/s.  For those who have skied with SB Ski and received a star (*) award, please indicate award/s achieved.

LEVEL 1 – Never skied, or have taken a few lessons on a dry slope, or artificial snow slope.

LEVEL 2 – One week on snow, or out of practice. Able to snowplough turn comfortably.

When it comes to learning to ski, everyone is different. The instructors will take time to pass on the key skills to build confidence and technique. Beginners meet their instructors on arrival evening and are given priority morning lesson slots to build confidence and early mountain awareness. Megève has dedicated nursery slopes for beginners with easy lifts.

LEVEL 3 – Able to slide skis parallel although not always consistent. Comfortable on greens and blues.

LEVEL 4 – Skied regularly for the past few seasons. Comfortable on reds and the occasional black, depending on conditions.

LEVEL 5 – Skiing most of the mountain with confidence but want to know more about how to tackle more difficult terrain and varying snow conditions.

Intermediate level 3, 4 and 5 skiers can enjoy hundreds of kilometres of terrain – meandering blues and reds, and more daring blacks. Great when the pistes are perfect, but so often for intermediates it is when the weather changes that the challenges start. The intermediate levels are quite wide ranging and again ski school classes will determine ability and confidence levels. Tackling icier conditions, enjoying first tracks through low-lying powder, or venturing off the side of the piste, skiers progressing through these levels will learn how to ski all terrain.

LEVEL 6 – All mountain skiing in a variety of snow conditions. Confident skiing powder.

LEVEL 7 – Skiing regularly each season. Can ski at a good pace and in all conditions. Looking to develop higher end skills or maybe race technique.

Those skiing at higher levels will be looking for bigger challenges – whether it’s working on refining piste skills (carving and short turns), skiing powder, steeper slopes, bumps, or getting into the snow parks.