Another way to evaluate your ability is against a definition of skill levels.

Here’s one widely used:

Level I: Total beginner. May or may not have ever put on skis before.

Level 2: Has skied a few times. Can make wedge or snowplow turns and stop fairly easily.

Level 3: Can get on and off a chairlift with no problems. Can link wedge turns on gentle green slopes and stop when desired.

Level 4: Has begun to experience the speed and excitement of skiing. Can make linked' stem turns on green slopes and occasionally ventures out to easier blues.

Level 5: Skis all green runs comfortably. Has some difficulty controlling speed and making turns on steeper blues. Has difficulty keeping the
upper body facing downhill; often overrotates in turns. Uses poles for balance rather than timing.

Level 6: Skis blue and green terrain exclusively. Can control speed effectively on moderately difficult blues but cannot always link turns. Has difficulty in powder snow deeper than 3 inches. Falls often in difficult snow.

Level 7: Occasionally skis black terrain, big bumps, or difficult snow but is most comfortable skiing groomed blues and easier blacks at moderate speed with linked parallel turns. Skis small bumps, but cautiously, with occasional lapses in balance. Has frequent balance problems in difficult snow and harder terrain.

Level 8: Skis blue terrain with total confidence and stability. Skis moderately sized, widely spaced bumps and basic expert runs with control at moderate speeds. Skis big, difficult bumps at controlled speeds and can link four to six turns before suffering a lapse in balance. Has trouble making linked turns in difficult snow.

Level 9: Looks and skis like a Level-10 skier on all groomed terrain but has occasional lapses in balance in big bumps and difficult snow conditions, such as crud or deep, wet snow.

Level 10: Skis all terrain with absolute confidence, rock-solid stability, and balance. Can ski a variety of lines through difficult bumps - over the tops, through the troughs - and cruise open steeps at high speed. Can ski all snow conditions equally well.

Here’s another popular evaluation system, often used by ski instructors:

Never-Ever: A total beginner who may or may not have ever put on skis before. Recommended skiing: The flat surface in front of the base lodge where the ski school meets.

Beginner: Can make a snowplow or wedge turn and usually stops when desired. Recommended skiing: the greens, easy blues - and more lessons.

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