Ability Level Check

 

We categorise skiing/riding ability levels into four separate groups to help you find the best tour for your ability level:

High Intermediate  |  High Intermediate – Low Advanced  |  Advanced  |  Advanced – Expert

 

High Intermediate (new to deep powder):
Those who can confidently ski/ride the whole mountain on piste making parallel/carving turns at speed and have maybe encountered some powder but struggle when skiing or boarding off-piste and in deep powder. This includes snowboarders  who struggle when traversing or fail to know when they need to keep speed to make it through flat areas. You may also be deemed high-intermediate due to injuries, weight or poor fitness.

 

High Intermediate – Low Advanced (in powder):
Those who can confidently ski/ride the whole mountain on piste making parallels/carving turns at speed and have skied or ridden open powder but lack confidence in treed or steeper terrain in powder. You must also have a good level of fitness. Snowboarders in this level are able to keep speed in most situations as well as hold a reasonable traverse line. You may also be deemed low-advanced due to injuries, weight or poor fitness (even though you may think that you are advanced).

Sky to Sea Powder Tour

 

Advanced:
You must be able to ski the whole mountain with confidence and at a reasonable speed in powder, through trees and in variable conditions. You must have a good level of fitness. Snowboarders in this level are able to keep speed in flat sections by planning ahead as well as hold a solid traverse line and be able to hop up and manoeuvre in a way as to not slow down the group. Groups are split up into ski/board/ability levels and some groups we will be doing some hiking (traversing/bootpacking) to get to the goods. Skins or split-boards are not required but if the group has touring gear or wants to hire we will happily take you deeper into the backcountry.

 

Advanced – Expert:
You must be able to ski the whole mountain in all conditions confidently at speed and have advanced ability in powder, through trees in steep terrain and in variable conditions. You must have a very good level of fitness. Groups are split up into ski/board/ability levels and some groups we will be doing some hiking (traversing/bootpacking) to get the goods. Skins or split-boards are not specifically required but brining your touring gear is encouraged. For touring tours and guiding touring gear is required.