Europe Trail Ratings



In Europe, the slopes are classified by a equivalent, colour coded method, although shapes are not used (all ratings are circles). The ratings are:

Green:

Slopes for children. These are normally not marked trails, all these areas are open and the people can learn without complications.


Blue:

Equivalent to the North American Green Circle, an easy trail, these are almost always prepared. The area is easy to begin your skiing practice.


Black:

An expert slope. Steep, may or may not be groomed, or may be groomed for mogul. It is worth noting that 'Black' can be a very wide classification, ranging from a slope marginally more difficult than a 'Red' to very steep avalanche chutes like the infamous Couloirs of Courchevel.


Yellow:

In recent years, many resorts reclassified some black slopes to yellow slopes. This signifies a skiroute, an ungroomed and unpatrolled slope which is actually off-piste skiing in a marked area. Famous examples are the Stockhorn area in Zermatt and the Tortin slopes in Verbier. In Austria, skiroutes are usually marked with orange squares instead.