"Bunny hill" symbol, used in America for signaling ski pistes for novices

Shawn Steele Shawn.Steele at microsoft.com
Thu May 28 16:44:58 CDT 2015

Typically we have “slow” zones with include both “novice” areas and congested areas.  Additionally the “novice” part of a slope often has a rope fence delineating it from the rest of the slow.  However on the maps, etc, its usually just off to the side of a green run and doesn’t have a special symbol.

From: Unicode [mailto:unicode-bounces at unicode.org] On Behalf Of Philippe Verdy
Sent: Thursday, May 28, 2015 2:26 PM
To: Doug Ewell
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Subject: Re: "Bunny hill" symbol, used in America for signaling ski pistes for novices

2015-05-28 22:59 GMT+02:00 Doug Ewell <doug at ewellic.org<mailto:doug at ewellic.org>>:
Looks like a green circle is the symbol for a beginner slope. (The first
link also shows that "piste" is the European word for what we call a
trail, run, or slope). There is no difference between a "bunny slope"
and a "beginner" or "novice" slope.

The difference is obvious in Europe where the "novice" difficulty is marked as green pistes (slopes are below 30% or almost flat), and the "beginner/moderate" difficulty is marked as blue pistes (slopes about 30-35%).

Even America must have this "novice" difficulty, with areas mostly used by young children (with their parents not skiing but following them by foot, and a restriction of speeds); these areas are protected so that other skiers will not pass through them. In fact if you remain on these novice areas you cannot reach any speed that could cause dangerous shocks: you have to "push" to advance, otherwise you'll slow down naturally and stop on the snow.

These areas can be used by walkers, and randonners using "raquettes".

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