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European Ski Trails

The European Ski Trails & Slope Rating System

 

European Ski trails are pretty broadly defined. Here we take a look at European ski trail definitions as they apply to the Dolomites Ski area.

First, we have to mention something special about the Dolomites ski area … Ski Trail Grooming.

Every night, every single inch of every single ski trail is groomed! Every single bit! Each morning you wake to highway quality finishes! For this reason, the locals tend to ski fast! Of course, if it snows overnight, then your ski trail will be power dusted.

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European Ski Trails

European Ski Trails: All Dolomites Ski Slopes are Groomed every single night!

 

GREEN: Is a beginners ski slope with a very gentle gradient. In the Dolomites ski area, none of the ski trails are classified green, although there are plenty of ski school slopes, which are really green.

 

The Best BLUE Ski Trails of the Dolomites

 

BLUE: These are easy or novice level ski trails and 30% of the ski slopes in the Dolomites are graded Blue. This is around 223 miles ( 360 kilometres ) of the entire ski system. With such a huge ski area, you will find that the Blue graded ski trails are often used to connect areas.

  • Citta dei Sassi, between Selva Gardena and Canazei – this ski slope curves and carves gently through a spectacular boulder field.

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The Best RED Ski Trails of the Dolomites

 

RED: A massive 447 miles ( 720 kilometres / 60% ) of all Dolomite ski trails are classified as Red or with a gradient not more than 40% (18° ). These ski slopes are ideal for intermediate skiers.

Some of favourite Red ski slopes are,

  • ‘Bellunese’ Marmolada – Official Grading: Red. Length Approx: 12k. Vertical: 1900m. Our View: Super Long, constant, good gradient. Best Time of Day: First Lift – CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS

 

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Hidden Valley, Lagazuoi 5Torri – Official Grading: Red. Length Approx: 8k. Vertical: 1,130. Our Grading: Red easy/medium

 

  • Forcella Staunies, Cortina d’Ampezzo – Official Grading: Red. Length Approx: 2.75k Vertical: 900m. Our Grading: Red medium, great drop-in from the mid station!
  • Hidden Valley, Lagazuoi 5Torri – Official Grading: Red. Length Approx: 8k. Vertical: 1,130. Our Grading: Red easy/medium – CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS
  • Buffaure 1, Val di Fassa – Official Grading: Red Length Approx: 5k Vertical: 710m. Our Grading: Red easy, but very fast.
  • Vigo Thöni, Val di Fassa – Official Grading: Red Length Approx: 4.5k Vertical: 600m Our Grading: Red hard.

 

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A Red lollipop ski slope marker

The Best BLACK Ski Trails of the Dolomites

 

BLACK: 10% of the ski slopes in the Dolomites are classified at Black. A black ski trail is where the gradient is generally more than 40% or 50% ( 18° or 22.5° ).

Our favourite Black Ski Slopes are,

  • ‘Tomba’, Vigo, Val di Fassa –  a ski slope where Italy’s greatest ever skier practiced.
  • Sasslong, Val Gardena – the famous, Mens Classic Downhill race slope with the famous Camel Humps.
  • Forcella Rossa, Cortina d’Ampezzo – a very unusual ski slope for the Dolomites. Steep, open, narrowish and a great drop in and exit.
  • Womens World Cup Downhill slope, Tofana, Cortina d’Ampezzo – Oh my word! This is a jaw dropper! The rock towers that seem to burst through the snow surface define the edge of the piste!
  • Gran Risa, La Villa – the mens world cup slalom slope. Test your turns on this beautiful constant gradient ski slope.

 

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