Canberra Cross Country Ski Club

Tour Grading

Tours are graded according to terrain, distance and skill level. This helps you to determine whether a tour will suit your level of skiing skills.

TERRAIN

Gentle
Flat to gently rolling hills, no big hills to cllimb or descend. There may be some steep sections but these will be short and easy to negotiate.

Hilly
Large rounded hills requiring several turns to descend but not technically difficult. There may be some steep sections but these will be short and easy to negotiate.

Steep
The steepest of skiable hills including black runs at resorts, cornices and chutes. Technically difficult slopes to descend.

Rough
Descents on narrow trails with limited choice of route because of rock outcrops or trees, exposed routes or high risk of icy conditions.

DISTANCE

Short
Under 8km/day and < 200m vertical climb. A moderate level of
fitness is required.

Medium
8km to 15km/day OR 200m to 600m vertical climb. A moderate
level of fitness is required.

Long
Over 15km/day OR > 600m vertical climb. A high level of fitness
is required.

SKILL LEVELS

Basic
Can maintain control and perform the following skills on gentle terrain: kick turns, snow plough, side step, herringbone, traverse and diagonal stride.

Intermediate
Can maintain control and perform the following skills on hilly terrain: kick turns, snow plough turns, step turns, side slip, side step, herringbone, traverse, diagonal stride and self arrest.

Advanced
Can maintain control on hilly terrain and pace over long distances. Has good style and technique in the following skills: kick turns, snow plough turns, step turns, side slip, side step, herringbone, traverse, diagonal stride and self arrest.

Telemark/XC Downhill
Can maintain control descending steep hills and highly proficient at self arrest technique. Has intermediate skills plus linked stem, parallel or telemark turns.