Frequently Asked Questions About Piste Maps

Cauliflower Soup Recipe a Lovely Starter or Hiking Favourite.
Cauliflower Soup Recipe a Lovely Starter or Hiking Favourite.

Cauliflower soup makes the perfect starter. It can be prepared in advance. Cauliflower soup contains cheese and cream, so not for lactose intolerant people.

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Women’s and Men’s Ski T-shirts | Have Powder Trust Skis.
Women’s and Men’s Ski T-shirts | Have Powder Trust Skis.

The slogans on these ski T-shirts, ‘And if you’ve trusted skis this far, don’t panic now. Trust them all the way.’ and 'When you have powder, people will always try to take it from you, always.' reference quotes from If Beale Street Could Talk and Vice.

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Black Friday: The Beavers and The Steep Gullies in Arapahoe Basin.
Black Friday: The Beavers and The Steep Gullies in Arapahoe Basin.

Being Black Friday and being more interested in black runs than shopping. Let’s look at one of the new ski areas of Arapahoe Basin, ‘The Steep Gullies’.

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Piste Grading

Pistes are graded for difficulty.

In Europe piste grading goes from blue, easiest, to red, hard, to black, hardest.

France also includes green, really easy.

In the USA and Canada piste grading goes from green to blue to black, with addition of shaped symbols (circles, squares and diamonds). With the hardest being double black diamonds and very occasionally triple black diamonds.

However in all resorts the grading systems are relative. For instance an icy red in poor condition can be much harder and dangerous than a freshly groom black piste in good condition.

Additionally difficulty, can and does vary from resort to resort and especially from country to country. While the steepness of the piste, is to a large extent, dependant on the steepness of the mountains themselves.

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Piste Grooming

Most pistes are groomed by tracked bulldozers, known as 'Piste Bashers' which pack down fresh snow and smooth out bumps and moguls in old snow.

What is High Altitude?

High Altitude is defined as being between 8,000 and 12,000 feet, or 2,438 to 3,658 meters.

There are no specific factors, such as age, sex, or physical condition that correlate with a susceptibility to altitude sickness. Some people get it some don't. Most people can go up to 8,000 feet with minimal effect. If you haven't been to High Altitude before its important to be cautious.