Ability Level

At the Big White Kids' Centre we run many different group levels for young skiers and snowboarders every day - from complete beginner to little ripper!

Age: 3 to 4 Years

Ready Teddys

Beginner - This is my first time on skis. I will learn how to balance and walk on two skis. I will also learn how to straight run and stop without assistance on a gentle slope.
    

Eager Elephants

I can safely ride the magic carpet and stand up straight with my equipment on. I can stop in control, maybe with an edgie wedgie. I’m learning to turn to slow myself down.
    

Speedy Squirrels

Intro to Plaza chairlift. I know chairlift safety rules and can ride a lift with some help. I am learning to stand up by myself, but sometimes need help. I am able to complete my turns by following my instructor. I can ski without an edgie wedgie. I’m almost an independent skier!

Jumping Joeys

I can ski all beginner runs in a class line. I enjoy games and adventures. I listen to and can follow directions. I can stand up on my own. I am an independent skier!
    

Racing Raccoons

I can control my speed through turn shape. I can ski comfortably on more diverse terrain. I am starting to match my skis on easy terrain. I love new challenges, play games and take adventures through the trees.


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Age: 5 to 7 Years

Skiers

Sliders

Beginner - This is my first time skiing.

   

Snow Rangers

Novice - I can side step up the mountain so I can practice stopping and turning. I am excited for the chairlift!
    

Trail Blazers

Intermediate - I can link my snowplow turns together and can control my speed through my turns. I am a confident skier on gentle terrain and can match my skis at the end of my turn. I know all about chairlift safety.

Mountain Explorers

Advanced Intermediate - I like making different sized turns and am matching my skis ½ way through my turn now. I am comfortable skiing with poles and know how to be a responsible skier by following the skier’s code of conduct. I can match my skis on blue runs.

Snowboarders

Groomers

Beginner - This is my first time snowboarding.

   

 
 

Snowsurfers

Novice - I can do a straight run with a stop, I can also groom (or plow) the hill on my board. I can traverse the hill in both directions and can ride the Plaza chair.
    

 
 

Freeriders

Intermediate - I can traverse in both directions on both edges now, and can stop while I’m traversing. I have learned how to turn with assistance from the instructor and can link my turns on an easy green run now.

 
 

Shredders

Advanced Intermediate - I know how to flex and extend properly through a turn, and can do big and little turns. I can control my speed and know how to use my edges better now, I can even do a 360° spin on the snow! I can link intermediate turns on blue runs now.

 
 


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Age: 8 to 12 Years

Skiers

Starters

Beginner - This is my first time skiing.

   

Cutters

Novice - I can side step up the mountain so I can practice stopping and turning. I am excited for the chairlift!
    

Carvers

Intermediate - I can link my snowplow turns together and can control my speed through my turns. I am a confident skier on gentle terrain and can match my skis at the end of my turn. I know all about chairlift safety.

High Flyers

Advanced - I know how to ski in all snow conditions, and can control my speed in the bumps. I can plant my poles, and use the edges on my skis. I know about mountain safety & awareness and I can do parallel turns on black runs (advanced terrain).

Hotshots

Expert - I can link short turns in a line down the hill. I also like big turns, or all sizes for that matter. I know how to absorb a bump when I’m skiing through them and I demonstrate safety skills and knowledge. I can complete carved turns on advanced terrain.

Snowboarders

Rookies

Beginner - This is my first time snowboarding and I am stoked!

 
 

Ziggers

Novice - I can slide slip and stop easily on both edges of my board and can zig-zag with style across the slope on one edge of my board. I am excited for the chairlift!

 
 

Linkers

Intermediate - I can link my turns together confidently on easy green runs and cruise on both edges of my board along cat tracks and flatter terrain. I know all about safety and am awesome at getting on and off the chairlift.

 
 

Rippers

Advanced - I can ride switch and stomp basic freestyle moves. I use my edges and pressure control to safely ride blue runs and uneven green terrain. I'm excited about shredding trees, moguls and the terrain park!

 
 

Hotshots

Expert - I can ride with rhythm and co-ordination to generate response and performance from my board and the terrain. I am confident and can ride with speed control on all types of terrain and can link carved turns on blue terrain. I can throw down tricks in the half pipe, moguls and on all of small features in the park.  

 
 


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Videos

Take a look at the videos in the tabs below to establish which ability level your young skier or snowboarder is at in the Big White Kids' Centre.

Ski Cubs

Level 1 - Ready Teddys
Level 2 - Eager Elephants
Level 3 - Speedy Squirrels
Level 4 - Jumping Joeys
Level 5 - Racing Racoons
Level 6 - Jr Hot Shots

Snowriders Ski

Level 1 - Sliders
Level 2 - Snow Rangers
Level 3 - Trail Blazers
Level 4 - Mountain Explorers
Level 5 - High Flyers
Level 6 - Hot Shots

Snowriders Boarding

Level 1 - Groomers
Level 2 - Snow Surfers
Level 3 - Free Riders
Level 4 - Shredders
Level 5 - Jibbers
Level 6 - Hot Shots


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