Skiing & Snowboarding

Earl Bales Park - Program Descriptions

To ensure you register in the correct level use the program structure below. By looking at the Current Ability column you can figure out what level suits your present skill. You can also view the Goals to Complete Level which will give you an idea of what skills will be worked on and what you need to achieve in order to pass the level. STEP content has been slightly adjusted from the previous years. For assistance with this call an Earl Bales Ski & Snowboard Representative at 416-395-7931.

Terrain Garden Program ( 3 - 5 yrs )

This exciting method of teaching allows preschoolers to learn how to ski in a fun and safe environment. Games and different activities are used to develop the important motor skills and balance required for good ski technique. Part of this program takes place indoors. Ensure your child is dressed warmly with appropriate ski socks.

StepAgeCurrent AbilityGoals to Complete Level
Penguin 3 yrs Never skied before or limited time on snow - Participates in indoor component
- Walks with skis
- Balances weight over the feet while gliding down
Panda 4-5 yrs Never skied before or limited time on snow - Participates in indoor component
- Snowplows without assistance
- Stops in a wedge
- Balances weight over the feet during the run
Zebra 4-5 yrs Able to snowplow on easy terrain in control - Control of speed while keeping skis in a wedge
- Introduction to turning
- Demonstrates pressure over downhill ski
- Executes snowplow turns by turning the skis until completion of turn
Tiger 4-5 yrs Executes linked rhythmical snowplow turns and varies turn shape - Executes part of the turn with the skis parallel on flatter terrain
- Demonstrates pressure over the downhill ski
- Varies speed by completing turns according to terrain
- Demonstrates a mobile stance/balance
Ski Program Structure ( 6 - 8 yrs and 9 yrs+ )
StepAgeCurrent AbilityGoals to Complete Level
Beginner 1 6- 8 yrs
9 yrs+
First time skier - Linked wedge turns
- Wedge stop
- Can ski on green terrain confidently
Beginner 2 6 - 8 yrs
9 yrs+
Limited experience - Linked rhythmical wedge turns
- Balances weight over the feet while gliding forward
- Stops in a wedge
- Stops by turning (both directions)
Intermediate 1 6- 8 yrs
9 yrs+
Links rhythmical snowplow turns - Skis are parallel for part of the turn
- Pressure on downhill ski
- Demonstrates movement in ankle, knee, and hip joints
- Controls speed according to terrain
- Uses ski poles
Intermediate 2 6 - 8 yrs
9 yrs+
Executes most of the turn with skis in a parallel position - Mobile balanced stance
- Pressure on downhill ski
- Turns both skis at the same time
- Controls speed by completing turns on blue runs
Advanced 9 yrs+ Executes turns on intermediate runs, while constantly keeping skis parallel at high speed - Linked parallel turns
- Balance on the edges towards the end of the turn
- Controls speed with turn shape
- Coordinates the pole plant with the right phase of the turn
Snowboard Program Structure ( 6 - 8 yrs and 9 yrs+ )
StepAgeCurrent AbilityGoals to Complete Level
Beginner 1  6 - 8 yrs
9 yrs+
First time snowboarder - Able to side slip on both edges
Beginner 2 6 - 8 yrs
9 yrs+
Snowboarded a few times, has balance on a snowboard and/or completed step 1, able to side slip independently - Able to pendulum and fall line edge change on both edges.
Intermediate 1 6 - 8 yrs
9 yrs+
Able to complete a fall line edge change- ready to start turns - Able to link toe and heel side turns.
Intermediate 2 6 - 8 yrs
9 yrs+
Able to link 4-6 consistent turns, able to use lift with snowboard on - Able to link turns with vertical movement.
Advanced 9 yrs+ Able to link turns with steering from the knees. Able to do basic carved turns. Confident edging and steering on steeper terrain - Able to leave a narrow track in the snow (carving) and complete short radius turns.
Lesson Class Teaching Ratio
AgeSkiSnowboard
3 yrs, Supervised Terrain Area 3:1 N/A
4 - 5 yrs 5:1 N/A
6 - 8 yrs / 9 - 12 yrs 8:1 6:1
13 - 17 yrs 8:1 6:1
18 yrs+, Specialty Programs 10:1 10:1

Program ratios may be altered as necessary. Group lesson ratios are subject to change at the discretion of the program supervisor. We will ensure lesson quality and progression and will attempt, where possible, to manage group lessons to the set ratios.