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What are the red and blue underlined words for?
What is our "Classification and Rating" system?

Definitions
Absent Review , Alpine , Fresh Tracks , Nordic(including: Biathlon, SkatingSki Orienteering, Ski JumpingTraditional)

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What are the red and blue underlined words for?
  • Red indicates a shortcut link to something within the web page
  • Blue indicates a link to a different web page
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What is our "Classification and Rating" system?
  • This is the organization system applied to our Ski-N-Ride locations, to simplify access and enhance understanding. We have divided the information in two basic ways:
    • Categories (Ski & SnowBoard, Cross Country, Glacier, Helicopter, SnowCat, and Closed)
    • Ratings ( Extreme, Global, Regional, Local, Limited, and Private).  
    • These are then divided in to the following subcategories:
      • Accommodations:  This describes in brief the amenities found such as "lodging, food, and shopping."
      • Difficulty:  This relates to the standard skier ratings of "Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced Intermediate, and Expert."  I have added "Borderline Extreme and Extreme" to this category which would follow Expert, respectively.  You will also find additional helpful information regarding difficulty here.
      • Essentials:  This describes things you should bring and or know in order to make your overall experience better.
      • Expense:  This is about general price relative to other Ski-N-Ride locations.  The scale is as follows from less to more: "None, Cheap, Inexpensive, Moderate, Moderately Expensive, Expensive, and Very Expensive, and Membership(varies)"
      • Located:  This assumes you live in or near ski country.   It is intended to give you a relative understanding of where this place is, who you might find there, and the general willingness to go there.  The scale is as follows:
        • Off the Path - Requires research and usually extensive travel to get here
        • Locals Only - Travel distance probably doesn't exceed 1 - 2 hours
        • Locals Plus - Travel distance probably doesn't exceed 2 - 3 hours
        • Regionally - People are willing to travel several hours for a day or weekend and may travel a lot farther for a vacation
        • Globally - People are willing to travel several hours for a day or weekend and will travel around the world for a vacation without hesitation
      • Operations:  This gives you general and specific details on what this locations does and has in the way of equipment, trails, and misc.
      • Highlight:  This is general information
      • Warning:  Anything here is not to be taken lightly and may have legal implications
      • For Cross Country Locations Only:  This applies only when the rating is listed under the category "Cross Country"
      • For Helicopter & SnowCat Locations Only:   This applies only when the rating is listed under the category"Cross Country and or SnowCat"
      • Additional information:  We highly recommend you visit the links listed here for additional tips and information
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Definitions
  • Absent Review - "Ski-N-Ride has gathered information on this site but none of our editors have actually been there.
  • Alpine - "A general term used to describe several outdoor activities usually performed in winter using gravity as their primary means of movement from point 'A' to point 'B' "
    • Snow Skiing - "Otherwise known as 'Downhill Skiing' and not to be confused with Nordic Skiing , is a sport using two long and narrow devices which curl up in the front forming tips and strap onto your feet with a boot and binding system so the riders body is orientated parallel to the length of the devices, in order to glide down a hill, via gravity, generally in a parallel motion, over snow, and through a variety of terrain"
    • SnowBoarding - "Is a sport using one long but wide device which curls up in the front and back forming a rounded tip and tail and straps onto your feet with a boot and binding system so the riders body is orientated perpendicular to the length of the device, in order to glide down a hill, via gravity, over snow, and through a variety of terrain"
  • Fresh Tracks - "A term used to describe the experience of Skiing or SnowBoarding in fresh powder that has not yet been skied or snowboarded."
    • Deep Powder Ski and SnowBoarding is often considered one of the most coveted experiences among expert ski and snowboarders and is generally the force that drives people to seek Helicopter and SnowCat services as well as hike / climb, scrabble, and what ever else you can think of, to get to it.
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  • Nordic Skiing: - "A general term used to describe several outdoor winter ski activities that make use of a free heel boot/binding system, including: Biathlon, Cross Country Skiing (both Traditional and Skating technique), Ski Jumping, and Ski Orienteering"
    • Biathlon - "An athletic contest consisting of cross country skiing combined with rifle sharpshooting. Usually organized into a series of ski loops requiring one stop on each loop for target shooting"
    • Skating technique - "To slip or glide over a compact surface of snow in a skate like fashion using cross country skis. Usually requires special skis and a wide machine groomed trail"
    • Ski Orienteering - "A race on cross country skis in which participants use a map & compass to find their way between a required number of check points in an unfamiliar area. There is no specified course and the order of check points doesn't matter"
    • Ski Jumping - "A competitive sport using specially designed skis and unique jumping ramp where competitors jump multiple times for a combined score. The highest combined score determined by a combination of points for jump distance and style, wins"
    • Traditional technique - "To slip or glide using cross country skis in a parallel manner creating two parallel lines in the snow or using existing parallel tracks"

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