Novice: 2–5 miles slow-paced day trips over gentle terrain. These tours are for beginning cross-country skiers with a little prior skiing experience (the ability to do a reasonable shuffle on skis). Leaders will not teach skiers how to ski, but will help them as much as possible.
Easy: 4–6 miles over gentle terrain at a pace comfortable for all participants.
Intermediate: 6–12 miles; terrain flat to long hills that are no steeper than found on a road (maximum 10 degrees); moderate pace; trail turning skills required for hills.
Advanced: >12 miles; terrain flat to steep hills (>10 degrees); moderate to fast pace; strong turning skills required on tours with steeper slopes.
Easy: < 8 miles; 200 ft. per mile elevation gain.
Intermediate: 8–10 miles; 200–400 ft. per mile elevation gain.
Advanced: > 10 miles; 400 ft. per mile elevation gain; steady pace and/or difficult terrain (a workout).
Easy: Mostly flat terrain; 8–10 m.p.h. pace; frequent regrouping.
Intermediate: Moderate terrain with rolling hills (some short steep hills); 10–14 m.p.h. pace; regrouping when appropriate.
Advanced: Difficult terrain with one or more major hills/series of longer, steeper hills; 15–18 m.p.h. pace; regrouping when necessary.