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What does the condition report mean?

The condition report is a very detailed report that is distributed twice a day throughout the mountain stating the conditions of the trails, which ones are opened and closed, the base depth of the snow, what lifts are operating, current weather, upcoming forecast, special events, and any hazards or warnings. It is the skier's responsibility to check this report before purchasing a lift ticket and to decide what trails are skiable for his or her ability.

Check out the condition report before you hit the slopes. There is a ton of useful information on the report that you should be aware of.

There are 3 terms that you should be aware of, Green, Blue and Black.

GREEN - Green Circles are the color and symbol used for the beginner easiest trails to ski or board on.  This is where are the beginner ski or ride.  

BLUE - Blue Squares are the color and symbol used for more difficult trails or for intermediate skiers and riders.

BLACK - Black Diamonds and Double Black Diamonds are the trail color and symbol used for the most difficult and extremely difficult rails.  

How do I read the condition report? 

It's easy to understand the abbreviations used. As you ski more and more you will become more familiar with these terms and the ski conditions.  If you do not know what any of the terms or meanings are, please ask any of our staff.


Determining your skier type is your responsibility. Your skier type, height, weight, age and ski boot sole length are used by the ski shop to determine the release/retention settings of your ski bindings. Be sure to provide accurate information; any error may increase your risk of injury. There are 3 classes of skier types - Type 1, Type II and Type III.

Type I
"Cautious skiing at lighter release/retention settings"
Ski conservatively.  Prefer slower speeds.  Prefer easy to moderate slopes.  Favor lower than average release/retentions settings.  This corresponds to an increased risk of inadvertent binding release in order to gain increased release ability in a fall.  Type I settings apply to entry level skiers uncertain of their classification.

Type II
"Moderate Skiing at average release/retention settings.
Ski moderately.  Prefer a variety of speeds. Ski on varied terrain, including most difficult trails.  Are all skiers who do not meet all the descriptions of either Type I or III.

Type III
"Aggressive skiing at higher release/retention settings"
Ski aggressively.  Normally at high speeds.  Prefer steeper and more challenging terrain.  Favor higher than average release/retention settings.  This corresponds to decreased release ability in a fall.  In order to gain a decreased risk inadvertent binding release.


Alpine Skiing - Downhill Skiing.

Apres-ski - The nightlife following a day of skiing.

Base - The average depth of snow on the mountain AND the bottom of the mountain where the lodge is. Example: Base Lodge.

Bunny Slope - The area where beginners are taught.

Carving - Making turns while the edges of your skis or snowboard are cutting into the snow.

Catching an Edge - When the edge of your ski or snowboard accidentally digs into the snow and usually resulting in a fall or a near fall. (Happens to the best of them)

Catching Some Air - After riding over a small hill or mogul, your skis or snowboard come off of the ground.

Corduroy - The result of snow made by groomers.  Closely spaced parallel groves that resemble corduroy pants.

Cruising - Making a long run at less than breakneck speeds.

Fall Line - The straightest and steepest line down any slope.

Freshies - Freshly fallen snow with no ski or snowboard tracks.

Gaper - A person who stops on the slopes to look at the views OR the space between your goggles and helmet.

Glade Skiing - Special Trails for skiing through the trees

Goofy - Right foot forward on a snowboard.

Granular Surface - Granules look similar to rock salt, usually formed after a powder snow thaws, re-freezes and crystallizes; or an accumulation of sleet. Loose granular also may characterize surface conditions produced by machine conditioning of frozen granular or icy surfaces.

Head Wall - The area on top of the mountain where you are just about to come down the slope usually at the start of a black diamond.

Heli-Skiing - Skiing that can only be reached by helicopter. Not available at Belleayre Mountain.

Mashed Potatoes - Wet, heavy snow.

Milk Run - The first run of the day.

Moguls - Mounds of snow (aka - bumps).

Off Trails - In most cases, they are places that you should not be, such as closed, ungroomed, and unpatrolled slopes. If you are caught skiing or boarding on a closed trail, Ski Patrol will clip your ticket and ask you to leave.

Pizza - See Snowplow.

Powder - Light, ungroomed snow.

Schussing - Skiing straight downhill, often in a full tuck. (Not usually recommended).

Shaped Skis - Curved or hourglass shaped skis.

Snowplow - Also referred to as wedge. It is one of the first ways we learn to stop. It is when your ski tips are almost touching forming a triangular shape (aka - Pizza). Also the piece of machinery that clears the roads after a snowfall so we can get to the mountain.

Terrain Park - An area maintained by a resort which is full of jumps and/or a halfpipe, rails, and other obstacles.

Wedge - See snowplow

Yard Sale - A wipeout fall in which skis, poles, hat, goggles, sunglasses, mittens, and anything else you may have on your person ends up strewn along the mountain side..