Skiing Blue Runs for the FIRST Time? READ THIS
|🇪🇺Europe 🇳🇿New Zealand 🇯🇵Japan||
🔵 Blue circle.
🔷 Blue square.
Who are blue runs for?Blue runs are not for first or second-day skiers. They are for early to middle intermediate skiers. Skiers who can at least make wedged turns left and right and are ready to practice on steeper terrain. Skiers should move from the green slope to the blue slope, only once they can stop on their left and right side. You can survive with a snowplough or pizza, but it won't be very fun and you'll be absolutely exhausted. Stick to the green slopes until you're making left and right wedged turns and working towards parallel skiing.
Who are blue runs not for?Blue runs are not for skiers brand new skiers who can't turn and can't come to a stop on their edges facing parallel. Skiers who find green slopes very challenging should not move up to a blue slope.
How steep are blue runs?In Europe blue runs are on average less steep than North American blues. Although each resort and country has slightly different grades, these are approximate averages for how steep blue slopes are:
|🔵Blue Slope Average Angle|
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How to ski blue runs?The best way to ski blue runs is with parallel skiing. Most new skiers won't be at that stage yet, so the next best way is wedged turns. with wedged turns, you'll be putting more weight on ski than the other and making a left and right pizza turn and working towards keeping your skis parallel. If you're coming off of the green slopes, be aware that other skiers around you will be faster than you have been used to up until this point. Because the gradient will be steeper, it will be more challenging to make turns. To compensate many new skiers, lean back and have trouble committing to the turn. You must do the opposite, lean slightly forward and downhill and commit wholeheartedly to each turn by leaning your hips downhill.
How long does it take to learn to ski blue runs?You could be skiing a blue run on your third day of skiing. For others, it may take them a week or more of green runs before they have the level of skill necessary. Not everyone will learn the same and will depend on your age, fitness, attitude to risk & balance. How Long Does it Take to Learn to Ski?
Are blue runs dangerous?Blue runs are more dangerous for new or inexperienced skiers than green runs because they are steeper and faster to ski on. If you can safely control your speed then blue runs are safe. Blue runs are more likely to have more uneven terrain than green runs and more likely to have icy patches or moguls. (Moguls are caused by many skiers making parallel turns - which does not happen as much on Green pistes) Ski with caution, commit to your turns and look ahead to avoid other skiers. Read more: Is Skiing Dangerous?
How much more difficult is a blue run than a green run?Green runs are for beginner skiers whereas blue runs are for skiers who have at least a few days of experience. Skiing blue runs are more difficult because they are steeper and you can't rely on a snowplough or pizza to stop or safely navigate down. The steepest sections on a blue run can be nearly twice as steep as a green run, which means you'll slide twice as fast and need to control your speed twice as much. Difference between blue & red/black runs? In Europe, the next steepest color is a red run. In North America (USA & Canada), the next steepest color is a black diamond run. Red & black diamond runs are more difficult, steeper and faster than blue runs. You should be able to parallel ski and make a hockey stop before moving to a red or black diamond slope.
Europe + Rest of World
North America: Canada & USA.
|Green, white center.||Beginner|
|Double Black Diamond||Extreme|