Rider Level Guidelines

To enable riders to make a more informed decisions on what course is suitable for them we've developed a simple skill level indicator. If you have any questions on the levels feel free to contact us directly for more information.

THE TRANSFORMATION BEGINS

Level 1 Riders

We can all get from A to B on a board, but if you want more from your riding then we'll need to introduce some new skills and create a stronger platform for future development.

Do you want to ride trees with confidence? Hit steep terrain in control and not side slip the whole slope? Do you want to dynamically read the piste to maximise fun and yet still be safe? Do you want learn to ride off piste safely and efficiently?

If you're willing and open to change then this is the place to start the transformation.

Key Requirements

  • Organised and punctual - Quite often you'll be with a group of riders who are chomping at the bit to go shred. Waiting around beyond agreed times, forgetting essential kit, not turning up on time will cause unnecessary friction and burn valuable riding or social time. 
  • Considerate riding - Quite often riders are not aware of those around them. You'll need to ensure your riding style allows space for other riders to breathe on and off piste. This reduces the chance of injury and allows riders to progress without fear of being taken out. We're a team and would hate for anyone to be hurt because others were riding unsafely.
  • Fitness - Ability to ride for sustained periods without a break, i.e. 2hr-3hr blocks within a typical 7hr riding day. Ability to handle a series of 5-15 minutes hikes in snow whilst carrying a board or backpack with safety equipment.
  • Piste riding level - Ability to negotiate a turn within 3 metres. Ability to put bindings on standing up. Ability to ride flatbase for 10 metres. Ability to ride one footed and perform a J-turn to stop for safe lift exit within 5 meters and then beyond 10 metres. Ability to link turns on green, blue and red pistes. Ability to get down a black piste with a few safe turns. Ability to link 3-5 switch turns on a green or blue piste. 
  • Off piste riding level - You may have ventured off-piste but we do not require a specific previous experience level for this grade of course.
  • Freestyle riding level - Ability to complete a straight air on a blue jump (1-3 metre table). Ability to complete a ride on 50/50 on a box or rail.
Ideally we ask that those attending a level 1 course book a private coaching session to build foundation skills and meet your coach. It will boost your skills and confidence in preparation for the mountain.

Please make sure you read and understand this level, as those riders who do not meet the required standards may be unable to complete their course and will not be offered a refund.

CONSOLIDATION AND TRANSFORMATION OF CORE SKILLS

Level 2 Riders

You've been there and done it. You've got a number of years on a board and may have travelled to multiple locations around the world. You've seen some cool things and bagged some sick lines. But whats next?

Do you want to safely access steeper off piste lines? Do you want to understand the essential off piste safety guidelines and be able to effectively apply them?  Do you want to take that next step beyond the park and try those tricks on natural terrain or off piste features you build? Do you want to move beyond the frontside 180 and the backside board slide in the park? 

If you're up for being pushed out of your comfort zone then this is the place to build your skills.

Key Requirements

  • Previous clients only - To make the transition to more technical riding more fluid and to enable us to explore new terrain safely we need riders who have gone through a certain level of Maverix training. Once you've completed a course then moving between Level 2 and Level 3 is a discussion that can be made between yourself and your coach. If you feel you're already at this level, please email to discuss your suitability for the course. 
  • Organised and punctual - You should be aware of the regular processes in place on a course. Check with your coach about meeting points, times, kit requirements etc so you can be on time and the ready for whatever the eventuality.
  • Equipment - You should be able to adjust your snowboard to account for changing riding focus from powder, piste to park. You should understand how to use your key safety equipment including shovel, transceiver and probe. 
  • Considerate riding - Quite often riders are not aware of those around them. You'll need to ensure your riding style allows space for other riders to breathe on and off piste. This reduces the chance of injury and allows riders to progress without fear of being taken out. We're a team and would hate for anyone to be hurt because others were riding unsafely.  
  • Fitness - Ability to ride for sustained periods without a break, i.e. 2hr-3hr blocks within a typical 7hr riding day. Ability to handle a series of 100-400 metre mountain ascents within a week if conditions permit. You should be ready to carry essential safety equipment and your board if required.
  • Piste riding level - Ability to negotiate a turn within 3 metres. Ability to put bindings on rapidly and with ease. Ability to ride flatbase for 10-15 metres. Ability to ride one footed and perform a J-turn to stop for safe lift exit within 5 meters and then beyond 10 metres. Ability to link turns on all pistes and be in constant safe control of your board. Ability to ride switch or green and blue pistes.
  • Off piste riding level - Ability to ride off piste terrain to a basic safe level that could be up to 25 degrees in steepness. Ability to traverse in switch or pivot in or out of switch from a stationary position. With training provided the ability to probe two buried avalanche transceivers in 8 minutes. Previous hill walking experience is a benefit.
  • Freestyle riding level - Ability to complete a straight air on a blue jump (min 3 metre table). Ability to complete a ride on 50/50 on a box or rail. Ability to spin a 180 in a traverse on piste. Ability to statically nose and tail roll on piste. 
Please make sure you read and understand this level and potentially have discussed your suitability for the course with your coach. Those riders who do not meet the required standards may be unable to complete their course and will not be offered a refund.

MOVING TO NEW REALMS

Level 3 Riders

It's time to move away from the crowds. It's time to take on a fresh challenge. You thought you were a good snowboarder. Then the bar just got raised another notch.

Want to plan your own adventures? Want to travel off piste knowing you have the skills and experience to handle all manner of eventualities? Want to be an active member of a small team? Looking to boost those skills, be they freestyle, piste or off piste beyond the realms of the weekend warrior?

It's not the path for the faint hearted. Tough days and long nights are ahead and you look to be physically and mentally challenged. 

Key Requirements

  • Previous clients only - To make the transition to more technical riding more fluid and to enable us to explore new terrain safely we need riders who have gone through a certain level of Maverix training. We need riders who we trust and rely upon to act safely and in control whatever the conditions. If you feel you're already at this level, please email to discuss your suitability for the course. 
  • Organised and punctual - It's a no brainer. You should have everything on lock be it on and off piste without being chased or hassled. 
  • Equipment - You should be fluid in your change overs for splitboarding and understand how to use all your personal safety and touring equipment (inc crampons) without instruction.
  • Fitness - Ability to ride for sustained periods without a break, i.e. 2hr-3hr blocks within a typical 7hr-10hr riding day or night. Ability to handle a series of 100-1000 metre mountain ascents within a week if conditions permit with all key safety equipment.
  • Piste riding level - Ability to negotiate a turn within 3 metres. Ability to put bindings on rapidly and with ease (under 30 seconds). Ability to ride flatbase for 10-15 metres. Ability to ride one footed and perform a J-turn to stop for safe lift exit within 5 meters and then beyond 10 metres. Ability to link turns on all pistes and be in constant safe control of your board. Ability to ride fluidly in switch on green, blue piste. Ability to link 3-5 switch turns on a red piste. 
  • Off piste riding level - These camps are typically splitboard only. Ability to ride off piste terrain to a consistent level that could be up to 30 degrees and beyond if conditions allow. With training provided the ability to probe for one transceiver and dig out a second transceiver from three buried within a 30m radius within 8 minutes. Previous hill walking experience is a benefit.
  • Freestyle riding level - Ability to complete a straight air on a blue jump (min 3 metre table). Ability to complete a ride on 50/50 on a box or rail. Ability to spin a 180-360 in a traverse on piste. Ability to nose and tail roll on piste.
Please make sure you read and understand this level and potentially have discussed your suitability for the course with your coach. Those riders who do not meet the required standards may be unable to complete their course and will not be offered a refund.

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