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We believe in skiing. 2021/2022 season passes on sale now!

The Power Pass, comes with unlimited skiing at Purgatory, Hesperus, Snowbowl, Brian Head, Sipapu, Pajarito and Nordic Valley — plus unlimited uplift access at Spider Mountain Bike Park through April 30, 2022.

What’s My Ability Level?

Determine which ability level best describes your skiing/riding experience to help set you up for success with our Ski & Snowboard School.

When signing up for a lesson with Purgatory Ski & Snowboard School, we ask what your ability level is to help us better understand your needs and goals for the duration of your lesson. For group lessons, it helps us to place with others who are skiing or snowboarding at the same level, providing everyone in the group with the best learning experience possible. Scroll down to learn more about which ability level best describes your skill level.

skiing ability level

Skiing

Level 1: I’ve never skied before!

Level 2: I just learned how to stop in a wedge.

Level 3: I’ve started turning in both directions, but still in a wedge.

Level 4: I can ride a chairlift and have started exploring green terrain.

Level 5: I’m starting to match my skis during my turns.

Level 6: I’m comfortable on most blue terrain and have started skiing off-piste.

Levels 7-9: I’ve mastered my technique on all types of terrain.

snowboarding ability level

Snowboarding

Level 1: I’ve never snowboarded before!

Level 2: I can stand up and slide on both edges.

Level 3: I can turn from my toe-edge to my heel-edge and back.

Level 4: I can link turns together on green terrain.

Level 5: I’m starting to get comfortable on blue terrain.

Level 6: I can make dynamic turns and have started to ride off-piste.

Levels 7-9: I’ve mastered my technique on all types of terrain.

 

Questions? Check out our Ski & Snowboard School FAQ, or email us at [email protected].