IBSC operates a simple and subjective trip grading system. 

Snowsports in Scotland are weather and terrain dependant. A trip which is easy one day may be very challenging on another due to different weather and conditions underfoot.  

We advise that anyone uncertain of their experience and fitness for a day on the hill contacts the trip organiser. 

Our informal and flexible trip rating does not take account of the prevailing weather conditions and assumes that participants are competent skiers and mountaineers for the terrain. 

A trip may be moderate in technical difficulty but challenging due to the approach or distances involved.  Look at a map to ensure you have thought about the route. 

Trip rating What to expect Examples
Moderate The will be various options to ascend and descend the hill. Terrain will be less steep and the day slightly less arduous. Challenging lines may exist for the keen but are not mandatory and can be avoided.  Cairn Gorm from the Coire Cas car park. Fionn Bheinn Beinn na Lap at Loch Ossian.
Medium The day may be arduous with a longer approach and slightly more challenging ascents and descents. Sometimes the ground may be steeper and involve sections where some skiers may feel more comfortable on foot.  Tom a’ Choinnich, A’ Mharconaich, Ben Wyvis. 
Hard Longer and steeper days with more challenging terrain. You need to carefully look at the map and consider what terrain you may encounter.  Cairn Gorm 4 tops tour, Grey Corries, Creag Meagaidh traverse.