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Trail gradients

Discussion in 'Falls Creek' started by gaz35, Jul 31, 2015.

  1. gaz35

    gaz35 One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Hi - I think Falls Creek used to publish the gradients of the various runs on the website or the app but I can't appear to find it now. Does anyone know where I can get this info now?

    cheers
     
  2. Angus_McCrory

    Angus_McCrory Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Not published as almost as embarrassing as SP steeps? o_O
     
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  3. Ziggy

    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Seem to recall their blacks were about 30.
     
  4. Legs Akimbo

    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    Wikiski should have been a brilliant resource, if only more people had contributed to it. It's a pity so few people here ever bothered to contribute.

    Slope Steepness
    There are two ways of measuring slope steepness. The first is a measurement using degrees, which measures the angle of the slope in degrees from the horizontal. The second is a percentage. This is calculated using the formula 100*rise/run. Rise is the vertical change and run is the horizontal distance. A 100% slope is angled at 45 degrees.

    10% is equivalent to 5.71º

    20% is equivalent to 11.31º

    30% is equivalent to 16.7º

    40% is equivalent to 21.8º

    50% is equivalent to 25.67º

    75% is equivalent to 36.8º

    100% is equivalent to 45º

    A beginner slope is typically between 6% and 25%. Intermediate hills range from 25% to 40%, and expert is 40% plus. As you can see, hills are not as steep as you think they are.
     
  5. Bluebird

    Bluebird One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I still have their old app on my iPad. Being too lazy to clear out old apps is coming in handy! Here are the gradients for some of the more popular* runs:
    Wombat's Ramble: 6°
    Last Hoot: 10°
    Drover's Dream: 9°
    Highway 83: 9°
    Main Street: 12°
    Rapunzels: 10°
    Powerkeg/Lakeside: 11°
    Scottys: 11°
    Ruined Castle: 11°
    Father Fosters: 13°
    Big Dipper: 14°
    St Elmo's Slide: 18°
    Expressway: 19°
    South Gully: 20°
    Ouste Wand: 17°
    Exhibition: 21°
    Cabbage Patch: 22°
    International: 14°
    Valley of the Moon: 14°
    Jigsaw: 14°
    Wishing Well: 8°

    I don't know how accurate the app is (I would have said Scottys was steeper than Main Street), but it's a pretty good guide. If you want me to check any runs not listed I'm happy to do so.

    * - I can't vouch for the popularity of all of these runs - they are just the ones I could be bothered to look up on the app!
     
  6. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates One of Us

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    Thanks BC. Pretty embarrassingly flat but I assume that the calculation is based on the entire length of the run. So a run with some nice drop offs but with plenty of run-off will still score pretty lowly and several of the short runs like the Y's or Zipper don't rate.
     
  7. Ziggy

    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    There's always a difference looking up at a black run and looking down it!

    For an avy risk visual I've always judged a slope as to whether it looks like the Summit, which I've taken to be 30-35 degrees. Or over 45 of course but I'd never ski that anyway.
     
  8. Bluebird

    Bluebird One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeah I figure the calculation is based on the whole run. The difference between Scotts and Main Street still surprises me though, I really thought Scotts was steeper. Maybe its gentler slope at the beginning balances out the much steeper bottom a bit too much!
     
  9. gaz35

    gaz35 One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    thanks guys for the info. I'm a learner slowly progressing
    cheers
     
  10. absentskier

    absentskier Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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  11. Sandy

    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Scotts is very flat at the top and flat at the bottom
     
  12. Bluebird

    Bluebird One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    True, you do need to carry a bit of speed off the lower section to actually make it to the chairlift!