ITRS: Technical Difficulty

Defined according to the riding skill level that you need for mastering the technical features of a trail

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Beginner

Green is suitable for families with kids that are safely able to ride a bike.

Examples
Crans Montana
Crans Montana

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Latsch
Latsch

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Crans Montana
Crans Montana

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Les Gets
Les Gets

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Les Gets
Les Gets

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Required riding skills

No special skills are required other than being able to safely ride a bike.

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Intermediate

If you have taken a beginners course or have equivalent bike experience you should be able to try blue trails.

Examples
St. Niklaus
St. Niklaus

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Davos
Davos

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Jeizinen
Jeizinen

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St. Niklaus
St. Niklaus

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Swiss Bike Park
Swiss Bike Park

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Swiss Bike Park
Swiss Bike Park

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(C) Swiss Bike Park

Required riding skills

Correct body position and actively adapting it to the trail is required, as well as braking techniques on unpaved surfaces.

 

Basic cornering skills, good line choice and visual focus (knowing where to focus when looking ahead) are helpful.

 

Basic jumping skills will increase the fun.

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Advanced

You should have finished an advanced riding skills course or equivalent bike experience before trying out red trails.

Examples
St. Niklaus
St. Niklaus

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Latsch
Latsch

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Finale Ligure
Finale Ligure

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St. Niklaus
St. Niklaus

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Swiss Bike Park
Swiss Bike Park

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Swiss Bike Park
Swiss Bike Park

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(C) Swiss Bike Park

Required riding skills

Ability to constantly adapt your body position and confident brake control in steeper terrain and on varying trail surfaces is required.

 

Corners can become so narrow that accurate line choice and visual focus is needed.

 

Advanced and confident jumping and dropping skills are required.

 

Lifting the front and/or rear wheel will be helpful to overcome obstacles.

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Experts

One or more expert riding skills courses and a lot of experience are required to try riding a black trail.

Examples
Moab
Moab

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Locarno
Locarno

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Jeizinen
Jeizinen

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Moab
Moab

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Klosters
Klosters

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Klosters
Klosters

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Required riding skills

Constant and precise brake control are mandatory, as is the ability to quickly adapt your body position; excellent balance is a prerequisite.

 

Corners may be so tight that pivoting on the front wheel becomes necessary.

 

Jumps and drops can be much bigger and higher so expert skills and a very high level of confidence are required.

 

Obstacles may be so high that confident bunny hop and drop skills are helpful.

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Extreme

This level is for a few exceptional riders only and requires professional downhill, freeride, slope style and/or bike trial skills.

Examples
Visp
Visp

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Zermatt
Zermatt

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Visp
Visp

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Required riding skills

Professional downhill, freeride, slope style and/or bike trial skills are absolutely necessary.

Chatêl
Chatêl

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Chatêl
Chatêl

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Always be prepared to face an unexpected obstacle, especially if you are outside a managed bike park, trail center or equivalent. So adjust your speed. Trails are subject to environmental influences like erosion, growth of vegetation etc., and the actual difficulty of a trail may change over time.

 

In wet conditions the trails can be much harder to ride - the rating is done independently on the weather conditions.

Comparison chart with other systems

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Visualization of the ranges of the difficulty levels

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Detailed technical specification of the trails

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