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.