Levels Overview

OFF PISTE ABILITY LEVEL

Rookie / Beginner

You can ski on piste confidently, linking fluid turns down the fall line on red pistes. If this is you, this means you are technically ready to tackle off-piste skiing. However, Backcountry Tours are not recommended for safety reasons. A good riding in Off piste terrain is needed prior joining in Backcoutry tours. Please have a look our Off Piste educational programs of Evergreen Alpine Academy

Lower Intermediate

You’re learning skills required to ride in off-piste terrain with a few days of off-piste skiing experience but after link 10-12 turns together, you lose reasonable control, speed and style, following the fall line in most conditions.
You will need more confidence and skills to be more confident in the backcountry.

Upper Intermediate

You’re a competent off piste skier with ideally at least two weeks off-piste skiing experience and can link 10-12 turns together in reasonable control, speed and style, following the fall line in most conditions.
All the runs are careful chosen to reflect this level, accessing suitable terrain at an appropriate pace, enabling you to practice and consolidate new skills recently gained.

Advanced

Advanced skiers and riders that are confident on all inbounds terrain and have extensive off piste experience. You don’t necessarily have to have the best form or style but do need to be capable of efficiently making your way down most slopes.
You’re an experienced and very confident off-piste skier. You’re able to handle most different snow conditions and ski steep slopes (40 degrees), make short turns in gullies and ski through trees.

Expert

You are an experienced highly competent skier. Able to ski fluidly and autonomously on all terrain, including couloirs and gullies. Confident on steep slopes and jump turning in narrow couloirs. If you already ski the steepest slopes. All the ski resorts in the valley have iconic descents on faces and couloirs. Before tackling them you will be given reminders of steep skiing techniques.

TOURING LEVEL

Rookie / Beginner

You are looking for your first touring experience.  You would like a relaxed pace, skinning for less than 2 hours per day, with ascents less than 400m vertical. You are a reasonable off-piste skier, able to link controlled parallel turns in powder snow and ski through trees in control. You are prepared to hike short sections on foot carrying your skis on your rucksack.

Lower Intermediate

You have ski toured before and can execute good uphill kick turns on steeper slopes.
You are a reasonably strong off-piste skier, and able to deal with a variety of snow conditions (powder, crust, slush). You are able to ski on steeper and narrower slopes with the requisite ability and confidence for exposed sections. You are okay with 2 hrs of skinning per day, achieving around 400-600m of vertical ascent. We would expect you to be able skin to a pace of 200m of vertical ascent per hour. You are not familiar
with use of crampons and ice axe.

Upper Intermediate

You have ski toured before and can execute good uphill kick turns on steeper slopes and have some familiarity with use of crampons and ice axe. 
You are a reasonably strong off-piste skier, able to deal with a variety of snow conditions (powder, crust, slush) and able to ski on steeper and narrower slopes with the requisite ability and confidence for exposed sections.
You are happy to skin around 2-4hrs per day, achieving around 600m of vertical ascent. We would expect you to be able skin to a pace of 250m of vertical ascent per hour.
We expect you have a Basic Avalanche Course from this level (AST-1 or equivalent).

Advanced

You are an experienced ski tourer, you will be expected to ascend on skis at around 300m/hr and be able to skin for at least 4hrs with up to 800 to 1000m ascent per day.
A large proportion of the terrain may be steep and exposed; thus confidence in your uphill kick turns on 35+ degree slopes is a must, as is your ability to ski slopes of 40 degrees.
You are a strong, fluid off-piste skier able to handle all conditions.
We expect you to have an Advanced Avalanche Course (AST-2 or equivalent)

Expert

You are an experienced ski tourer. You can ascend on skis at around 400m/hr and be able to skin for at least 5hrs with up to 1000m to 1300m of ascent per day. A large proportion of the terrain may be steep and exposed; thus confidence in your uphill kick turns on 35+ degree slopes is a must, as is your ability to ski slopes of 40 degrees. You will be a strong, fluid off-piste skier able to handle all conditions. You will be confident of using crampons and an ice axe and happy climbing on snow and rock on short climbs to summits.
We expect you to have a Professional Avalanche Course from this level (Ops-1 or equivalent).

FITNESS LEVEL

Rookie / Beginner

You are not able to ski all day without many stops for food and drink, or can't ride all day because your legs are tired.
You do not do cardiovascular exercise every week, and you are do not consistently exercise a 3 or 4 times a week.

Lower Intermediate

You are fit enough to ski all day with only short stops for food and drink. You are used to doing cardiovascular exercise 3 to 4 times a week (bike, run, gym) to maintain your fitness, and you’re able to push yourself if needed for short periods of time at a higher rate than usual.

Upper Intermediate

You work hard regularly to maintain a good level of fitness. You’re used to doing cardiovascular exercise 3 to 4 times a week (bike, run, gym) to maintain your fitness, and you’re able to push yourself if needed for short periods of time at a higher rate than usual. You exercise more than 4 times a week and have good cardiovascular stamina.

Advanced

Your stamina and endurance is good and you work hard to maintain a good level of fitness. You exercise more than 4 times a week. You could run a half marathon, do a 50 mile cycle ride, 3-4 hours on a mountain bike or a full day’s hill walk.

Expert

You work hard to maintain a good level of stamina and endurance. You exercise 3-4 times a week. With this fitness level, you could run a full marathon, do a 100 mile cycle ride, 5 hours on a mountain bike or a full day’s hill walk.