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!

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.

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 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

arms-up-100x100.jpg 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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Snowriders (Ages 5-7)

Age: 5 to 7 Years

Skiers

Sliders

private-100x100.jpg Beginner - This is my first time skiing.

Snow Rangers

topoftherun-100x100.jpg Novice - I can side step up the mountain so I can practice stopping and turning. I am excited for the chairlift!

Trail Blazers

ski-hill-100x100.jpg 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

pinkjacket-100x100.jpg 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

neverever-100x100.jpg Beginner - This is my first time snowboarding.

Snowsurfers

Snowboard-teen-100x100.jpg 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

beginner-snowboard-100x100.jpg 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

tp-snowboarder-upbox-100x100.jpg 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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Ridge Runners (Ages 8-12)

Age: 8 to 12 Years

Skiers

Starters

private-100x100.jpg Beginner - This is my first time skiing.

Cutters

beforetherun-100x100.jpg Novice - I can side step up the mountain so I can practice stopping and turning. I am excited for the chairlift!

Carvers

pinkjacket-100x100.jpg 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

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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 link carved short turns on blue terrain straight down the hill.

Hot Shots

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Expert - I am confident and can ski with speed control on all types of terrain and can do both short and long radius parallel turns on black runs down the fall line (expert terrain). I know how to absorb bumps when I’m skiing through them and I demonstrate safety skills and knowledge. I am eager to continually improve my all mountain, learn tricks in the park, and carve turns in a race course.

Snowboarders

Rookies

neverever-100x100.jpg Beginner - This is my first time snowboarding and I am stoked!

Ziggers

Snowboard-teen-100x100.jpg 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

beginners-100x100.jpg 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

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 and uneven green terrain. 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 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

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


CONTACT US:   Phone-3-icon.jpg Direct: 250-491-6101   Phone-3-icon.jpg Toll Free: 1-866-491-9040   Email-2-icon.jpg skischool@bigwhite.com