Level S1 (Beginner)
- Off piste beginner, you can descend black pistes with confidence.
- You can descend powder or icy slopes with relative control, but don’t feel that you master the techniques.
- You often make mistakes and take some falls.
- You’re probably not comfortable on very steep slopes or in difficult crusty snow.
- You may have tried skiing between the pistes and feel ready to try some real off-piste runs, as long as snow conditions are good.
- If you haven’t yet skied off the pistes, then you are better off getting some ski lessons before signing up for off-piste guiding.
Level S2 (Intermediate)
- You are at ease on all prepared piste runs, even if it’s icy.
- You have a number of weeks or months off-piste experience, you can go pretty much everywhere with relative confidence, but may not feel that you completely master certain snow types (breakable crust, jump turn in steep terrain.)
- You enjoy powder and variable snow types and are able to link smooth turns in the fall line, even though you still fall sometimes.
Level S3 (Advanced)
- You’ve skied for many years off-piste, it’s your passion and you enjoy skiing everywhere on the mountain. The steeper and deeper the better.
- You have a highly developed technique – powder in tight trees, crust or icy steeps don’t worry you.
Level S4 (Advanced + Mountaineer)
- You ski at an advanced level and you’ve got extensive experience with ski mountaineering using crampons, ice axe and rope.
- Your ski touring transitions are quick and you’re used to skiing on glaciers, couloirs and in no-fall zones.
Next to each ski trip you will find an (S) Ski Level rating.