Alpine Level 3

Overview and Prerequisites

Certified Level 3 instructors must be able to ski all green and blue terrain and black terrain (double black where available) in most conditions. Alpine Certified Level 3 instructors are expected to teach adults and children through the Advanced Zone. According the PSIA Alpine Technical Manual, “Skiers in this zone range from those who can handle the easiest groomed black runs to experts who can apply a variety of turn shapes to control speed on any type of terrain, in any snow condition.”

The Alpine Level 3 Assessment involves three parts:
– An online written test
– A skiing assessment
– A teaching assessment

You must take and pass each portion. The online written test must be passed with at least a score of 80% prior to registering and attending the on-snow assessments. There is no requirement to take the ski or teach assessment prior to the other. The ski and teaching assessments take place separately. You may choose to take either the one-day assessments or the two-day coached assessments, or you may mix and match between both types.

You are also required to take a Level 3 prep clinic before attempting this assessment; one clinic allows you to take the skiing assessment and the teaching assessment once each. If you do not pass either segment of the exam, you will need to take another Level 3 prep clinic before attempting it again.

The skiing assessment is entirely focused on skiing while the teaching assessment will involve you giving a lesson to two of your fellow candidates, based on your movement analysis of their skiing.

Written Exam

The Alpine Level 3 Written Exam is now handled on the National PSIA website; click here to get started. After logging in using your National PSIA credentials, select Written Exams from the top menu, then select your Division of membership (remember that if you are not a member of the Intermountain Division you will need permission from your primary Division to participate in our Certification process). You will then see the exams that you are eligible to take; a $20 payment will be collected at this point. Remember that written exams must be completed successfully at least two weeks prior to any on-snow exam.

Skiing Assessment

For the skiing assessment, you will be scored in two categories: Highlighted Fundamentals and Application of Fundamentals. Each category is used to assess your level of competence with the Skiing Fundamentals as written in the PSIA National Alpine Certification Standards for Level 3. Click here to view the scoresheet for this assessment.
– Highlighted Fundamentals: you will perform five tasks. You must score a 4 or better in four tasks and a 3 or better in the fifth task to meet the standard.
– In the Application of Fundamentals category, there are three sub-categories: Basic Blending, Applied Skiing and Versatility. You will perform five tasks. You must score a 4 or better in four tasks and a 3 or better in the fifth task to meet the standard.
– Basic Applied Skiing: Two tasks will be performed in this category.
– Advanced Applied Skiing: Three tasks will be performed in this category.
– Versatility: there are four scored elements. Your performance in the five Application of Fundamentals tasks will be used to derive the scores in this category. You must score a 4 or better in three categories and a 3 or better in the fourth to meet the minimum performance standard.

Teaching Assessment

You will teach a roughly 15-20 minute lesson, and two of your peers will be your students. The focus of this lesson will be based on movement analysis of your students. The content, delivery and feedback should be directed at your students. The goal is to impact the understanding, performance or learning of your students. At the completion of the teaching segment, the examiners will briefly ask any questions necessary to clarify elements of the teaching segment.

Teaching Scoring
The components scored are listed on the scoresheet; you will be graded on your movement analysis of the students, your teaching effectiveness, and your application of professional knowledge. The same scale is used as for skiing; you are allowed one score of 3 for each category on the score sheet and must score a 4 in the remaining components.

Upcoming Events


Alpine General Assessment Preparation
Snow King
Sunday, January 7, 2018

Alpine Level 3 Advanced Applied Skills
Park City (Canyons Base)
Monday, January 8, 2018

Alpine Level 3 Basic Applied Skills
Park City (Canyons Base)
Monday, January 8, 2018

Alpine Level 3 Highlighted Skills
Park City (Canyons Base)
Monday, January 8, 2018

Alpine Level 3 Teach Clinic
Park City (PC Base)
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Alpine Level 3 Prep Camp (3-Day)
Jackson Hole
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 -
Friday, January 12, 2018

Alpine Level 3 Highlighted Skills
Solitude
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Alpine Level 3 Advanced Applied Skills
Deer Valley
Friday, January 19, 2018

Alpine Level 3 Basic Applied Skills
Deer Valley
Friday, January 19, 2018

Alpine Level 3 Prep Camp (3-Day)
Snowbird
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 -
Thursday, January 25, 2018

Alpine Level 3 Ski Exam (2-Day)
Jackson Hole
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 -
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Alpine Level 3 Teach Exam (2-Day)
Jackson Hole
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 -
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Alpine General Assessment Preparation
Snow King
Sunday, January 28, 2018

Alpine Level 3 Highlighted Skills
Jackson Hole
Monday, January 29, 2018

Alpine Level 3 Advanced Applied Skills
Jackson Hole
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Price

Alpine Level 3 Written Exam: $20

One-Day Alpine Level 3 Assessment
(Ski or Teach): $120

Two-Day Alpine Level 3 Assessment
(Ski or Teach): $240