Skiing Levels

Our fully qualified instructors offer lessons for all abilities, you will see below the different levels available and the outcomes of each level passed.


  • Walking on flat and up a small slope with help
  • Sliding down a small slope in good balance
  • Sliding down a small slope and touch head, shoulders, knees and toes
  • Sliding down a small slope making a small wedge shape with skis
  • Show different sizes of wedge while skiing down
  • Use of ski lift to first stop unaided
  • Know where to stand on a ski slope
  • Be aware that they must always ski with an adult present and why

Polar Bears

  • Show control of speed and line
  • Show strong wedge turns staying in balance
  • Get up unaided
  • Small bunny hops while skiing
  • Take skis off without help
  • Ski around markers from halfway
  • Know why it is important to check up the hill before setting off
  • Be able to use the ski lift up to the middle station unaided

Level 1

  • Demonstrate the ability to move around on flat with skis on, showing good balance and mobility and showing an awareness of other slope users
  • Demonstrate the ability to carry equipment to and from the starting point
  • Demonstrate the ability to put on and take off equipment understanding safety points
  • Demonstrate ability to side step on both sides
  • Demonstrate the ability to get up from a fall on the flat and on the slope
  • Demonstrate the ability to do a straight run while jumping/stepping and catching a glove

Level 2

  • Straight run with wedge shape while sliding
  • Vary size of wedge as directed by the teacher
  • Stop using a wedge at a marked point
  • Use of ski tow to first stop
  • Know 3 FIS rules of conduct
  • Demonstrate two ways of climbing up a slope without slipping back down. Distance approx. 10 metres
  • Balance on one ski for approx. 3 seconds while sliding
  • Walk across a slope without sliding

Level 3

  • Plough turns, showing control of speed by turn shape
  • Ski turns to set rhythm
  • Use of ski tow to hallway stop
  • Lead a buddy down choosing a safe line and speed
  • Wedge traverse to a specified point
  • Accurately follow teacher using turns
  • Know 6 FIS rules of conduct
  • Demonstrate turn runs through markers (vertical and offset ones)
  • Show good posture
  • Show good range of movements
  • Show good foot rotation
  • Skate from point to point on the flat
  • Once this level three has been achieved, people can come to practice

Level 4

  • Consistent plough parallel 1 turns from halfway
  • Parallel traverse with skis being able to grip the slope
  • Side slip to both sides approx. 10 metres
  • Lead a buddy down choosing a safe line and speed
  • Introduction to holding ski poles while skiing
  • Skiing down through markers showing good posture and control
  • Know 10 FIS rules of conduct

Level 5

  • Consistent plough parallel 2 turns from halfway
  • Parallel traverse with skis being able to skid or grip as directed by teacher
  • Diagonal side slip to both sides controlling both skis simultaneously
  • Hop both skis before turn initiation
  • Lift inside ski from fall line and balance
  • Lead a buddy down choosing a safe line and speed

Level 6

  • As level 5 but from top to bottom of slope
  • Use markers from the top

Level 7

  • Consistent plough parallel 3 turns from top
  • Turns should be comfortable, smooth and rhythmical with small plough to initiate turn
  • Ski funnel shape starting with medium turns ending in short turns
  • Lift inside ski from before fall line and balance
  • Lead a buddy down choosing a safe line and speed
  • Be able to do PP3 turns in long, medium and short radius turns
  • Use markers from the top

Level 8

  • Rough parallel turns
  • Accurately follow teachers track
  • Lead a buddy down choosing safe line and speed
  • Varied radius parallel turns
  • Rough parallels round markers
  • Side slipping from the top
  • Falling leaf from the top

Level 9

  • Consistent parallel turns with pole plant
  • Synchronised skiing with buddy
  • Jump whole ski to fall line with pole plant doing short radius turns (short swings)
  • Ability to ski parallel turns at different speeds as directed by the instructor
  • Straight run into side slip to stop

Level 10

  • Synchronised skiing in groups of 4
  • Balance on one edge for turn and hop onto new edge for next turn
  • 4 linked skidded bracquage turns (pivot slips)
  • Short swings for whole length of slope

Level 11

  • Synchronised skiing in groups of 6
  • Short swings and attempting short swing variations
  • Full linked carved turns down slope of various radii
  • Show good range of flowing movements
  • Carved turns through slalom course

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01324 503835

Opening hours

Currently open
Monday 09:00 21:30
Tuesday 09:00 21:30
Wednesday 09:00 21:30
Thursday 09:00 21:30
Friday 09:00 21:30
Saturday 09:30 17:00
Sunday: Tubing only and must be booked in advance. Slope opens 30mins after opening times and closes 30mins before closing time.

Contact us

Polmonthill Snowsports Centre
Polmont Farm

01324 503835
Last updated: 07 September 2017 at 15:49