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Ability Levels

Skier Ability Levels

Skier Beginner


LEVEL 1: You have never skied before.
LEVEL 2: You can ski in a cautious wedge.
LEVEL 3: You can make round turns with confidence on green terrain.

Intermediate Skier


LEVEL 4: Links turns with speed control and brings skis together parallel at the end of the turn on green and easier blue runs.
LEVEL 5: Confident on green and easy blue runs. You ski mostly parallel but may wedge or step to start the turns.
LEVEL 6: Use a parallel stance on smooth blue runs and are testing your skills on varied terrain and snow conditions.

Advanced Skier


LEVEL 7: You ski with controlled parallel turns, maintaining rhythm and speed control on groomed black runs.
LEVEL 8: You ski with good technique on all terrain and snow conditions, using carved short radius turns.

Snowboarder Ability Levels

Beginner Snowboarder


LEVEL 1: You have never snowboarded before.
LEVEL 2: You can side slip on toe or heel, sliding left and right.
LEVEL 3: You are able to slide left and right in control on both edges or complete an independent heel and toe turn on green terrain.

Intermediate Snowboarder


LEVEL 4: You are able to complete a linked toe and heel turn on gentle green terrain and looking toward easy blue runs.
LEVEL 5: You are able to complete linked turns on toe and heel side on green and blue runs.
LEVEL 6: You are able to complete linked turns with minimal traverse comfortably on all blue terrain and easy black runs.

Advanced Snowboarder


LEVEL 7: You are able to link turns with rhythm and flow on difficult blue and most black runs.
LEVEL 8: Join your instructors to make turns of any kind, anywhere, anytime all over the mountain and in all snow conditions, taking your riding to the highest level.


Coca Cola enjoys being the soft drink partner to Steamboat and is honored to have the opportunity. Coca-Cola offers the complete beverage experience while you are hard at work out on the slopes.

Bud Light

Anheuser-Busch is proud to support Steamboat Ski Resort by providing adult consumers with a diverse portfolio of beer brands that reflect the company's commitment to quality, heritage and innovation.


Korbel is Steamboat Ski Resort's Official Champagne Powder® partner and is proud to support Steamboat as the presenting sponsor of the 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey

A little bit of honey. A whole lot of Jack. Fly Straight. Drink Responsibly.


Nothing can compare to SmartWool for the ultimate in performance, comfort and easy care. SmartWool is superior at vaporizing moisture, controlling temperature and odor, and is guaranteed not to itch or shrink.

GoPro. Be a Hero.

GoPro makes the world’s most versatile cameras, enabling people to capture immersive and engaging footage of themselves during their favorite activities.


Vasque is proud to be outfitting Steamboat Ski & Resort with technical, outdoor performance footwear. Vasque is built for all day comfort on the trail, whether it is covered with snow, rock or dirt. Visit the Vasque website (vasque.com).

American Express

IT DOES SO MUCH MORE THAN BUY THINGS - The American Express® Card rewards. It protects. It offers one-of-a-kind-experiences. And your Card is a powerful financial tool.

Red Bull

Red Bull is a proud energy drink sponsor of Steamboat Ski Resort. Thanks to a unique combination of high quality ingredients, Red Bull Energy Drink vitalizes body and mind.

Robert Mondavi

Created to celebrate the diversity of California's wine growing regions; Robert Mondavi Private Selection wines are sourced from vineyards ideally suited for each variety, resulting in quality wines that go elegantly and easily to the table for every occasion.

AVIS Car Rentals

Because you’re spending your ski vacation at Steamboat, you can save on a stylish (and practical) Avis rental. Plan your trip today with Avis, the preferred car rental company of Steamboat.

Budget Car Rental

Bunny hill or black diamond, you need to get your gear to the mountain. Lucky for you, Budget is the preferred car rental company of Steamboat. Pick from a variety of vehicles, like roomy SUVs, and products like ski racks to get you to the lodge.


For decades, the Wrangler® patch has stood for the authenticity that is the heart of the Western heritage. From the Official ProRodeo Competition Jean, and Steamboat's Signature Cowboy Downhill, Wrangler has your style.

U.S. Forest Service

With our commitment to the environment comes close cooperation with the US Forest Service.