Knowing your skier ability level will help you choose equipment, terrain, and lessons. It will also be useful in understand the online lesson here.
Congratulations! Your about to participate in an exciting and beautiful sport!
You should definitely read before you go. This is the most important time to get into a lesson. Friends and loved ones may mean well but invariably get you into unenjoyable and dangerous situations. A half or full day lesson will equip you with the basic skills and concepts you need to enjoy skiing. This small investment of time and money will be an investment for life!
You are able to stop on green runs using the wedge or "snowplow". You may be able to make some direction change but linked turns are yet to come.
You are able to stop and link wedge turns on green runs comfortably.
You are relying more on turn shape than wedge size to slow you down. Your wedge is getting smaller and by the end of the turn your skis are running parallel. This level represents a major milestone. Mastery of level four concepts prepare the student for the transition from green runs to blue ones!
You are using similar wedge-match turning mechanics to the level four skier. The primary difference is that you are able to use the technique comfortably on blue runs.
Your wedge (or stem) is mostly gone and you are making open parallel turns on blue runs.
You are able to change turn radius and duration comfortably on blue runs. Pole plants are being used to time turns. Blue-black and black diamond runs are starting to look skiable.
You are comfortable on blue-black terrain. You can ski in the fall line on easier moguls.
You can ski black diamond bumps, steeps and varied
snow conditions comfortably. Sadly, not even all
instructors are strong level nine skiers.