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Difficulties of the ski slopes

9 Janvier 2024


Skiing is a sport that can be practiced by everyone, whatever their level. However, it is important to know your level of skiing before choosing a slope, to not put your safety at risk. To help skiers choose slopes suitable for their level, ski resorts generally use a color classification to indicate the difficulty of the slopes. Here is an overview of the different levels of difficulty in skiing, as well as the corresponding colors in France :

● Green slopes:

The green runs are the easiest and are suitable for beginners and intermediate level skiers. They are wide, gently sloping and well groomed. It allows skiers to gain confidence and practice controlling their speed and direction.

These tracks are usually identified by a green colored sign or a green leaf symbol. They can be located in different places in the ski resort, but they are often grouped together in an area dedicated to beginners or intermediate skiers. The green runs can also be enjoyed by intermediate level skiers and snowboarders and above, who want to take their time and enjoy the mountain at their own pace. They are perfect for relaxing and enjoying the beautiful view of the surrounding peaks.

● Blue slopes:

The blue runs are medium-level ski or snowboard runs, aimed for intermediate to advanced skiers and snowboarders. They are generally steeper and more technical than green runs, but less challenging than red or black runs.

Blue runs are generally identified by a blue colored sign or a blue snowflake symbol. They can be located in different places in the ski resort, but they are often grouped together with the red and black runs to allow skiers to choose runs adapted to their level. The blue slopes are the ideal place for intermediate to advanced skiers and snowboarders to improve their technique and discover new slopes. They are steep and technical enough to offer a great descent for experienced skiers, while remaining accessible to lower level skiers.

● Red slopes:

The red runs are for advanced level skiers. They are more inclined and can be more difficult with tighter turns and obstacles such as bumps or steep portions. They require good skiing skills and excellent physical condition.

Red runs are usually identified by a red colored sign or a red snowflake symbol and, like blue runs, are often grouped with black runs.

The red slopes can also be enjoyed by expert skiers and snowboarders who want to discover new slopes and test their skiing or snowboarding technique. They are perfect for having fun and enjoying the mountain at a brisk pace.

● Black slopes:

Black runs are ski or snowboard runs for expert level skiers and snowboarders. These are generally the steepest and most technical slopes in the ski area, and they can present obstacles such as large bumps, very steep slopes or even very tight turns.

Black runs are usually identified by a black colored panel or a black snowflake symbol.

Be careful, the black runs are intended for the most experienced skiers and snowboarders and their practice requires a great mastery of the ski or snowboard technique and a good physical condition. It is recommended not to venture on these slopes if you are not an experienced skier or snowboarder.

It is important to note that this classification in colors is not always uniform from one ski resort to another. It is therefore advisable to find out about the specifics of each resort and its slopes before committing to one of them. In any case, it is essential to respect your skiing level and not underestimate the slopes. By staying on slopes adapted to your skills, you can fully enjoy skiing while being safe. By dint of training and experience, you will be able to venture on the highest level slopes! To help you assess your level, do not hesitate to consult our article available here!

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