Can I do this?
You must answer this question honestly! Otherwise it can affect how much fun we all have on the tour and you could quickly put yourself and others at risk. For each tour, we specify the required level of riding skills in the tour information. Based on this classification, you can judge whether the tour is suitable for you.
To characterize the required technical skill level, we use the 6-stage Singletrailskala (STS):
Please also check out the sample photos on this site!
The classification of technical difficulty is for guidance only and NOT indicative of the level of risk. The risk of injury tends to increase with the S level, but also a fall off an exposed S1 trail can have serious consequences (see topic exposure). Also, weather conditions and physical condition of the rider can make the trail much more difficult than it is classified. In alpine terrain, the difficulty can rapidly change due to erosion and also forestry and construction activities.
Here is the intonation of the STS by the Austrian Vertriders (very freely transferred to English):
S1: Pippifax – ‘no-brainer’
S2: Pippifax mit Wurzel – ‘no-brainer with root’
S3: Öha, a Stufe – ‘oops, a step’
S4: Öha, a hohe Stufe – ‘oops, a deep step’
S5: ÖÖhaa, zach! – ‘Ooooii, damn!’
S6: Oida leck! – ‘Shit man!’