Kids Ability Levels

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!

 

Contact Us:

Direct: 250-491-6101
Toll Free: 1-866-491-9040

 

  • Ski Cubs (Ages 3-4)

    Age: 3 to 4 Years

    Ready Teddys

    village-ski-carry-100x100.jpg 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

    magic-carpet-smiles-100x100.jpg 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. I am skiing on the big magic carpet.

    Speedy Squirrels

    private-100x100.jpg 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

    open-arms-100x100.jpg I am able to ski green runs safely from the top of the mountain, while following my instructor in a line. I enjoy games and adventures. I am able to listen and follow directions. I can stand up on my own, and I’m an independent skier!

    Racing Raccoons

    arms-up-100x100.jpg I can control my speed through turn shape. I can ski comfortably on all greens and most blues. I am starting to match my skis on easy terrain. I am starting to learn how to use my poles safely and correctly. I love new challenges, play games and take adventures through the trees.

    Please note: these descriptions provide the minimum requirements for registration in each ability level in a group environment

  • Snowriders (Ages 5-7)

    Age: 5 to 7 Years - Skiers

    Sliders

    private-100x100.jpg Beginner - First time skier. I am learning to stop in control on the magic carpet, in addition to learning how to follow my instructor’s turns on gentle terrain.

    Snow Rangers

    topoftherun-100x100.jpg Intro to chairlift - I can link my snowplow turns together and can control my speed through my turns. I am a confident skier on green terrain and am starting to match my skis at the end of my turn. I am learning about chairlift safety.

    Trail Blazers

    ski-hill-100x100.jpg Intermediate - I like making different sized turns, I am able to match my skis on all green runs, and am starting to match my skis half way through the turn on blue terrain. I am starting to learn how to use poles. I am a safe and responsible skier who follows the Alpine Responsibility Code.

    Mountain Explorers

    pinkjacket-100x100.jpg Advanced - I am a parallel skier on all blue terrain, and I’m starting to ski on some black runs. I can use poles safely and correctly. I can adapt to varying conditions/terrain. I am a safe and model skier, who always follows the Alpine Responsibility code.

     

    Age: 5 to 7 Years - Snowboarders

    Groomers

    neverever-100x100.jpg Beginner - First time snowboarder. I am learning basic board mobility, I am learning how to stop by using a slide slip on my toe and heel edge. I am learning to change direction.

    Snowsurfers

    Snowboard-teen-100x100.jpg Novice - I can side slip and stop easily on both edges of my board. I understand how to change direction and am working on my zig zag on both edges of my board, on easy green runs. I am learning to complete individual turns, and to link turns. I am learning how to safely get off the chairlift.

    Freeriders

    beginner-snowboard-100x100.jpg Intermediate - I can link turns from both edges of my board on easy green runs. I am ready to try green and blue runs across the mountain. I know chairlift safety and feel comfortable loading and offloading the chairlift, and I know the Alpine Responsibility Code.

    Shredders

    tp-snowboarder-upbox-100x100.jpg Advanced - I am comfortable riding on most blue terrain, including steeper blue runs. I can carve turns and I’m beginning to experiment with freestyle riding.
    Please note: these descriptions provide the minimum requirements for registration in each ability level in a group environment
  • Ridge Runners (Ages 8-12)

    Age: 8 to 12 Years - Skiers

    Starters

    private-100x100.jpg Beginner - First time skier. I am learning basic mobility, how to stop, and turn in control on the magic carpet.

    Cutters

    beforetherun-100x100.jpg Intro to chairlift - I am able to link controlled snowplow turns on easy green terrain. I can put my skis on and take them off without assistance. I am learning about slope, and chairlift safety.

    Carvers

    pinkjacket-100x100.jpg Intermediate - I am able to ski on all green terrain and starting to ski on blue terrain. I am able to match my skis at the end of every turn, and learning how to be parallel through the entire turn. I am learning how to use poles safely and correctly. I am a safe and responsible skier who follows the Alpine Responsibility Code.

    High Flyers

    freeride-100x100.jpg Advanced - I know how to ski in all snow conditions, and can control my speed in the bumps. I am able to do carved parallel turns on advanced terrain, while correctly timing the use of my pole plants. I am a safe and model skier, who always follows the Alpine Responsibility code.

    Hot Shots

    greenskier-100x100.jpg Expert - I can confidently and safely ski with speed while maintaining dynamic parallel turns of different turn radius on black/double black terrain. I am a confident fall line bump skier on expert terrain. I am part of my learning experience by utilizing reflective learning. I am an all mountain skier and am able to ski in all types of terrain/conditions, I know Park etiquette and safety, and I’m experimenting with freestyle skiing. *Requires instructor assessment prior to registration in this level.

     

    Age: 8 to 12 Years - Snowboarders

    Rookies

    neverever-100x100.jpg Beginner - First time snowboarder. I am learning basic board mobility, I am learning how to stop by using a slide slip on my toe and heel edge. I am learning to change direction.

    Ziggers

    Snowboard-teen-100x100.jpg Novice - I can side slip and stop easily on both edges of my board. I understand how to change direction and am working on my zig zag on both edges of my board, on easy green runs. I am learning to complete individual turns, and to link turns. I am learning how to safely get off the chairlift.

    Linkers

    beginners-100x100.jpg Intermediate - I can link turns from both edges of my board on easy green runs. I am ready to try green and blue runs across the mountain. I know chairlift safety and feel comfortable loading and offloading the chairlift, and I know the Alpine Responsibility Code.

    Rippers

    Teluspark-Slide-100x100.jpg Advanced - I can ride switch and stomp basic freestyle moves. I use my edges and pressure control to safely ride blue runs. I'm excited about shredding trees, moguls and the terrain park!

    Hotshots

    TP-SlopeStyle-March2-100x100.jpg 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 dynamic carved turns on steep terrain. I can throw down tricks in the half pipe, moguls and on all of the small features in the park. *Requires instructor assessment prior to registration in this level.

    Please note: these descriptions provide the minimum requirements for registration in each ability level in a group environment

Age: 3 to 4 Years

Ready Teddys

village-ski-carry-100x100.jpg 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

magic-carpet-smiles-100x100.jpg 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. I am skiing on the big magic carpet.

Speedy Squirrels

private-100x100.jpg 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

open-arms-100x100.jpg I am able to ski green runs safely from the top of the mountain, while following my instructor in a line. I enjoy games and adventures. I am able to listen and follow directions. I can stand up on my own, and I’m an independent skier!

Racing Raccoons

arms-up-100x100.jpg I can control my speed through turn shape. I can ski comfortably on all greens and most blues. I am starting to match my skis on easy terrain. I am starting to learn how to use my poles safely and correctly. I love new challenges, play games and take adventures through the trees.

Please note: these descriptions provide the minimum requirements for registration in each ability level in a group environment

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