Low Intermediate: Is beginning to link parallel turns and can actually ski and stop with only minor problems. Recommended skiing: Green and blue trails. Should remember to take an occasional lesson, either private or with a peer group, to keep improving.

Intermediate: Can ski parallel on blue runs; has some ability to handle moguls, crud, or heavy snow; on a steep pitch, though, does more sideslipping than skiing. Stays basically with the blues, but challenges the
blacks if they’re wide and groomed. Will often stay at this level for years in the foolish belief that lessons are only for beginners.

Advanced Intermediate or Low Expert: Now you’re getting pretty good. Can ski carved turns on almost any smooth surface, even a black. Run into problems, however, on steep runs pockmarked with moguls or covered with heavy snow or crud, or on double black diamonds. Recommended skiing: Use your own judgment. Lessons? Use your own judgment.

Expert: Hey, move over. Here she comes. Any run. Any time. Any condition. With proper training, gives lessons.

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No pair of skis at any ski area in the world is immune from the highly contagious disease called: OH, SHIT. SOMEONE STOLE MY SKIS. The only prevention is locking them. Many skiers
Usually, the only care your boots need is a nightly airing and drying. Some skiers pull the inner lining loose every evening for better airing. Others won’t touch the lining unless
How sharp and smooth are your edges? You can tell with a fingernail. Brush your nail lightly across the edge. If the edge is sharp, a slight amount of your nail will peel off. Run
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Low Intermediate: Is beginning to link parallel turns and can actually ski and stop with only minor problems. Recommended skiing: Green and blue trails. Should…