Color Levels

One of the best things about Blizzard is that you always progress at your own pace, in lessons at your own skill level!

On your first Blizzard trip, we’ll evaluate your skiing or snowboarding skills, from beginner to expert. Members in 5th -12th grades* will be classified into a Color Level (skill level). From then on, you attend lessons based on your Color Level. Every lesson will help you learn specific skills you need to master at your Color Level, building a strong foundation for you to have even more fun skiing or snowboarding!

Here’s a handy reference guide to Blizzard Color Levels!


Your Blizzard instructors will evaluate your progress during every lesson you attend. When you’ve mastered the skills at your current Color Level, you will get a “Testing Slip.” Take your Testing Slip to the next scheduled Testing Session to be evaluated by a Blizzard Tester. If you’re ready, you’ll pass to the next Color Level!

Some members pass through two or three Color Levels in one season; other members build mastery in just one Color Level. At Blizzard, your instruction is always at your skill level and at your pace. You’re in control!

When you pass into a new Color Level, you receive a matching zipper pull! Put it on your coat to show your progress!


New to the slopes? No worries! Join other “Rookies” at all grade levels who are completely new to skiing and snowboarding. Rookies receive all-day lessons until you are able to safely ride the chair lift and enjoy beginner slopes — typically 1-3 weeks. Rookies in the Classic Program then pass into Color Level “Yellow” and begin taking regular 90-minute lessons. Blizzard is here to help you every step of the way! See ’em in action:

* Mites/SuperMites/SuperKyds

Developmentally, most younger children are not focused on individual achievement. It’s all about having fun as a group! That’s why we don’t use Color Levels in our programs for younger members. Mites and SuperMites receive a purple zipper pull to identify their program. SuperKyds receive an orange zipper pull for their program and are introduced to skill-based Color Levels during the season.