Alpine Level 1 Exam

March 16, 2019 @ 8:30 am – March 17, 2019 @ 4:30 pm
Snow Summit
880 Summit Blvd
Big Bear, CA 92314
$200 + 30 lift ticket (paid at event)
Event Code:

Alpine L1

Taking the Alpine Certification Level 1 Exam is the first step in furthering your ski instructor career.   It is a great way to learn to become a better skier and instructor. As part of the process you will become familiar with the resources that are available to you from the online website material, printed material, and people that can help mentor you along your journey.  The expectation is that you are actively participating and asking questions of your examiner to further your understanding. Obtaining a Level 1 Certification allows you to participate in specialty accreditations for Children, Senior, Freestyle, as well as Adaptive Certification programs.


  • 16+ years old
  • Member of PSIA-AASI Western Division.  Join today!
  • Complete the Alpine Level 1 E-Learning Course (free!) prior to registering for the 2-day on-snow day exam.  (Please note, after passing the online exam it can take the system an hour to update before you are eligible to register for the Level 1 exam.  If you are unable to register after 24 hours, contact the Western Division Office:


  • Alpine online resources (free!)
  • Manuals, handbooks, & guides available for purchase online via the National Accessories Catalog
    • Alpine Technical Manual (2014)
    • Core Concepts for Snowsports Instructors (2008)
    • Teaching Snowsports Manual (2018)
    • Adult Alpine Teaching Handbook, 2nd edition (2015)

Exam Outline:

  • Day 1 – The candidate…
    • will review body movements that relate to each skiing skill
    • will be asked to conduct a movement analysis to demonstrate their ability to diagnose skier skill issues through Observation, Evaluation and Prescription
    • must be able to cover three areas of ski performance:
      • Perform a basic parallel turn on blue terrain or ungroomed green terrain
      • Demonstrate Wedge Turns, and Wedge Christie Turns
      • Show versatility by performing a side slip and demonstrate the ability to traverse on the downhill ski while the uphill ski is lifted
    • will participate in a group teach scenario
  • Day 2 – The candidate…
    • will be asked to teach an adult or child progression for approximately 20 minutes.
    • will act as a student for other candidates in your group as needed.
    • will meet with the examiner for an end of the day wrap up with exam results

In addition, please review the Alpine Level 1 Resources for a detailed explanation of the exam outline and expectations.

Learning Outcomes:

A Level 1 Certified Instructor will be able to:

  • Explain the Skills Concept as it relates to body movements
  • Understand the Teaching Model and how to adapt it to various teaching situations
  • Perform a basic parallel turn on blue terrain or ungroomed green terrain
  • Properly demonstrate turns and drills for levels 1-4