Level 1 Never experienced powder or been off-piste before, but keen to give it a try. You can ski/ride the piste with confidence but are slower in bumpy or icy conditions, or when it is steep.
Level 2 Had some powder experience of up to 5 days but haven’t skied it without a base. Can ski the piste with confidence without any problems, in any condition.
Level 3 Feel quite comfortable in powder with 10 days or more of experience. Some situations like negotiating trees or variable snow conditions can still be challenging.
Level 4 Strong all round skier/rider with 10 days or more of bottomless powder conditions. Slower through the trees or when the snow becomes variable.
Level 5 You can ski and ride everything in all types of conditions with speed. Have skied 20 days or more of deep powder conditions.
Level 1 The least physically demanding days. Typical days around ski resorts where we ski the sidecountry terrain. The ascent might involve a half hour skin climb.
Level 2 On these trips some fitness will be required. A gradual ascent of 2 to 2.5 hours duration typifies days on this type of trip.
Level 3 A reasonable level of fitness will be required on these trips. A gradual ascent of 3 to 4 hours is typical of days on this trip.
Level 4 A good level of fitness will make the days more enjoyable on this type of trip. Days would involve ascents of five hours or more.