Slope Colours Explained | HEADS UP

All about levels… when hittin’ the slopes! Understanding the meaning of run/trail/piste/slope colours is extremely important to ensure you shred safely. Therefore, knowing your skill level and where is suitable for you to venture will prevent you taking a wrong turn which could put you in danger. Plan the runs you want to shred on your trip before you hit the mountain to be sure you stay save and maximum your ability to have FUN!

Piste runs are ranked by the most challenging sections and are measured in percentages, not degrees angle. Note: 100% slope = 45° (degrees angle)

Blue Run - Avoriaz, France

Blue Run - Avoriaz, France


  • GREEN (Easiest/Learners/Beginners)

    A very easy run, ideal for learners and beginners to build up confidence as they are groomed daily, therefore making them smooth with very little gradient. Gradient: approx 12% (7°)

  • BLUE (Easy/Medium/Moderate/Beginners)

    An easy to medium run, ideal for beginners wanting to progress or for those wanting a relaxed playful shred. A groomed run, making it a more even level with more gradient than a green slope; however, the gradient and width of these runs can vary. Gradient: less than 25% (11°)

  • RED (Medium/Hard/Intermediate/Experienced)

    A medium to hard run, ideal for those with experience as these slopes can sometimes be narrow, icy and have a steeper gradient than blue run; therefore, making it more challenging. These runs are often groomed. Gradient: less than 40% (18°)

  • BLACK (Hard/Difficult/Advanced)

    A hard run, only recommended for those with extensive experience to expert level. These runs are rarely (except for moguls) to never groomed and have an extremely steep gradient. Gradient: 40% (18°) - 50% (25°)

  • DOUBLE BLACK (Hardest/Extreme/Experts)

    An extremely hard run consider off-piste, only recommended for experts. Similar to regular black runs, these are runs are not groomed and have an aggressive gradient than can dangerous if fallen on. Additionally, these runs are prone to avalanche risks. Gradient: greater than 55% (25°)

Last Updated: 30th January 2019