2017 - 2018

UNDERSTANDING THE SNOWSTAR SKILL LEVELS

Members will receive a new color-coded lesson card upon completion of the tasks and skills for each level of skiing or snowboarding. This card is punched each time they take a lesson.


SKIING LEVELS

SLIDER
(Green Lesson Card)

The Slider is the beginning skier.  As a slider, the student will get an introduction to skiing, the equipment, safety considerations and speed control.  Basic skills of straight run, traverse, turning, speed control and lift operation will be taught.  New students will be a Slider for a minimum of two
weeks – three classes per day – and will ski with an instructor’s supervision until they pass to the next level.

GLIDER
(Bright Pink Lesson Card)

Gliders learn more advanced turns with the skis matching (becoming parallel) during the turn.  The skier will be able to handle all beginner and some intermediate terrain.  The fundamental skills of balance, pressure control, rotary and edging become more blended as a student works through this level.  Students receive one (1 ½ hour) class per trip.

SHAPER
(Orange Lesson Card)

The Shaper learns to ski with skis becoming parallel at the beginning of the turn.  At this level, most of the ski area is available to the skier.  The pole touch is introduced.  Movement becomes more dynamic and the skier demonstrates advanced rhythm and flow while linking multiple turns.  In order
to pass to the next level, Shapers must pass a test given by a senior instructor.  Students receive one (1 ½ hour) class per trip.

DUSTER
(Blue Lesson Card)

Dusters develop an open parallel turn.  The skier will become more dynamic and athletic in their movements.  Moguls (bumps) are introduced.  The skier should be able to ski all terrain with varied speed and conditions.  In order to pass to the next level, Dusters must pass a test given by a senior
instructor.  Students receive one (1 ½ hour) class per trip.

CRUISER
(Red Lesson Card)

The Cruiser is an open parallel skier.  They must develop a full range of motion in their skiing.  Refinement of skiing skills is accomplished while improving timing, skill blending and dynamics.  In order to pass to the next level, Cruisers must pass a test given by a senior instructor.  Students receive one (1 ½ hour) class per trip.

RIPPER
(Purple Lesson Card)

At the Ripper level, the skier is narrow-stanced with a well defined range of motion.  The skier works to develop skiing dynamics by expanding varied and refined parallel turning ability.  The emphasis at the Ripper level is on individual coaching and skier improvement.  Students receive one (1 ½ hour) class per trip.



SNOWBOARD LEVELS
SKATER
(Lime Green Lesson Card)
The Skater is the beginning snowboarder.  As a Skater, the student will get an introduction to snowboarding, the equipment, safety considerations and speed control.  Basic skills of standing, straight run, speed control and lift operation will be taught.  Skaters also begin to make turns on their
snowboards.  New students will be a Skater for a minimum of two weeks – three classes per day – and will snowboard with an instructor’s supervision until they pass to the next level.
RIDER
(Red Lesson Card)
Speed control and turning skills are expanded.  Linking right and left turns is a key outcome of the Rider level.  The transition is made from the most beginning terrain to easier intermediate runs.  The student also begins to learn “freestyle” boarding, such as spins and boarding both forward and
backward and basic hops.  Students receive one class (1 ½ hours) per trip.  Students are passed by the instructor to the next level.
CARVER
(Yellow Lesson Card)
As a Carver the student will begin to reduce skidding in their turns and begin to carve on the boards edges.  A sense of “rhythm and flow” begins to emerge.  The Carver looks smooth and athletic.  Terrain is expanded to include some portions of advanced runs.  The student will also begin to work on basic jumps, the halfpipe terrain park.  A special test with an advanced instructor is required to pass the Carver level and advance to the Freestyler level.  Students receive one class (1 ½ hours) per trip.
FREESTYLER
(Teal Blue Lesson Card)
The Freestyler is a dynamic boarder with the ability to ride on almost any terrain.  Rhythm and flow have become evident in all turns.  Half pipe and terrain park skills are expanded.  Basic “grabs” of the board, and aerial spins are also taught.  Mogul riding is introduced and the entire ski area becomes the Freestylers’ playground.  Students receive one class (1 ½ hours) per trip.

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