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What’s My Snowboarding or Ski Ability?

Keystone Ski and Ride School
Keystone Ski and Ride School

You know you want to go further, and Keystone Ski & Ride School's expert instructors are here to help.

Use this guide to determine your skiing or riding ability level.

Ski Slope Level Breakdown: What Should You Ski Based On Your Ability?

Novice BoarderWhen you venture out on the slopes at Keystone, you’ll find a wide range of runs suited to various ability levels.

While we encourage our visitors to try new runs and discover as much untracked snow as possible, it’s also important to know your ability and hit the trails that are the right challenge for you.

So which one are you?

Read our guide to learn more:

First Timer

This is your first time on a snowboard or skis (or first time in quite a while). You’re enrolled in the Keystone Ski & Snowboard School, and you are ready to learn!

We have a great area for you to practice the basics with your group or on your own. Head over to the Schoolyard to hone your skills until you’re ready for a little more action.

Appropriate Trails: Schoolyard, Schoolmarm, Schoolmaster

Click here to find a First Timer lesson perfect for you!


You’ve worn skis before, but you need to brush up on the basics. Blue trails have quite a range in difficulty, so it’s best to start slow and work your way up the mountain. Rest assured: there are still plenty of great mountain views and soft snow everywhere on this beautiful mountain.

Appropriate Trails: Silver Spoon, Last Chance, Spring Dipper, Jaybird, Bear Tree, Ina’s Way, Modest Girl

Click here to find a Novice lesson perfect for you!


Welcome to the ski life!

You’re comfortable on all of the green runs and ready to start carving some steeper slopes. We have a ton of blue runs all over our resort that can take you into all sorts of terrain.

They’re a great way to explore Keystone, and you’re sure to enjoy the variety each run has to offer.

Appropriate Trails: Porcupine, Lodgepole, Bighorn, Elk Run, Oh Bob, Escape, Anticipation, Spillway, Prospector, Last Alamo, Mozart, Santa Fe, River Run, Beger, Dercum’s Dash

Click here to find an Intermediate lesson perfect for you!


You are a master of the mountain.

North Peak, The Outback, and the upper bowls are calling you with their glades, bumps, and deep, pristine powder. Or, if you want to venture beyond the lifts, several hike-to bowls await you (or, for the ultimate adventure, hop on a Snowcat tour!).

Appropriate Trails: Independence Bowl, Berman Bowl, Erickson Bowl, North Bowl, South Bowl, Cat Dancer, Geronimo, Black Hawk, Starfire, Bullet, Powder Cap, Ambush, Diamond Back

Click here to find an Expert lesson perfect for you!

Advanced Skier


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