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What Ability Are You?Required on Registration Form

SKI ABILITIES

  • beginnerBeginner First time skier or has tried it before, but still needs work on stopping and turning.
  • noviceNovice Able to link wedge turns consistently. Working on matching skis into parallel.
  • intermediateIntermediate

    Able to link skidded parallel turns on most terrain.
  • advancedAdvanced
    (Parallel)
    Consistent parallel turns on all terrain, demonstrating edging & pressure control skills.
  • expertExpert Dynamic parallel turns on all terrain, and ready to perfect moguls and short radius technique.

SNOWBOARD ABILITIES

  • beginnerBeginner First-time rider or has tried it before but still needs work on stopping and linking turns.
  • noviceNovice Consistently linking skidded turns. Able to stop on demand.
  • intermediateIntermediate Consistently linking edged turns.
  • advancedAdvanced Able to perform carved turns (edging with flexion / extension) and basic maneuvers.
  • expertExpert Confident rider who can carve, ride switch and perform short radius on any run, in all conditions.

SPECIALTY SKI PROGRAMSMinimum Ability Level Requirements

  • intermediateBeginner Freestyle
    (Twin-tips recommended)
    Strong all mountian skier who now wants to learn basic park tricks.
  • advancedAdvanced Freestyle
    (Twin-tips recommended)
    Prefers to spend as much time as possible in the park. Able to go on the large jumps, experienced on rails and boxes.
  • advancedRace Snow Kids
    + Hawks Plus
    Able to perform at expert level. Likes to ski fast and is eager to train through gates.
  • advancedInstructor-In-Training
    Blue Mountain Traveller Age 14+
    Self-confident and patient with solid technique. Enjoys learning and aspires to be an instructor.

SPECIALTY SNOWBOARD PROGRAMSMinimum Ability Level Requirements

  • advancedBeginner Freestyle Strong all mountian rider who now wants to learn basic park tricks.
  • advancedAdvanced Freestyle Prefers to spend as much time as possible in the park. Able to go on the large jumps, experienced on rails and boxes.
  • advancedInstructor-In-Training
    Blue Mountain Traveller Age 14+
    Self-confident and patient with solid technique. Enjoys learning and aspires to be an instructor.

Our specialized instructors cater to specific programs.

Freestyle Ski or Snowboard

Freestyle 101 teaches the basics of freestyle including jumps, rails, boxes + half pipe, whereas our advanced classes focus on learning more advanced maneouvers and perfecting those tricks previously learned. Our own certified freestyle pros will take these members to the next level!

Instructor In Training

Designed for those who want to continue in the sport as nationally certified pros these groups will learn the progression required by the CSIA and CASI. They will also have the opportunity to practice teach as well as hone their personal skills. Snowhawks has been training members to become certified instructors for over 30 years. Many successful “graduates” are now teaching with Snowhawks and at mountains across Canada and around the globe.

Ski Race Team

For those members who enjoy skiing fast this group provides the ideal challenge. A half day working on high end skills; the other half developing technique in the gates. These groups are taught by instructors certified by the CSCF.