Pros: No Terrain Park, old time skiing, classic lifts, very challenging trails and gladesa blast form the past!
Cons: uncomfortable double chair seat pads, bumpy parking lot
Black gets a lot of bad raps. It's small, theres no terrain park, not really any great groomers, no huge mogul runs, many beginner trails, old lifts, old lodge, little snowmaking. It may very possibly be the worst mountain for your modern skier.
Some History- NH used to have many many many many ski areas. Now theres only a dozen or so. As skiing emerged people skied on little hills and so on. As time grew Ski Areas grew taller and wider, encompassing as many trails as possible. Those were the greats and the smaller hill-run ski areas were weeded out. Some larger ones were weeded out for one reason or another. The great American Ski Corporation did quite a job on New England. They put in fancy high speed lifts and widened trails to accommodate as many people as possible. This is a lot like Walmart, which replaced all the cool little American Shops with one BIG one. This made some areas successful and they raked in money and created mountain's infrastructure like you wouldn't believe. This is where the money is! All the other ski areas wanted to play ball so they either kept up or spent too much and fell apart. This brings us to today.
Like Walmart the big ski areas are what we are used to. We often feel awkward going onto little in town stores. The big areas are BIG buisness. Black is not an that's what makes it special. It is like a step back in time. The crew is very friendly, it's affordable, and the small trails have character, much like the American Stores of 50+ years ago! Black never caught on with the horrible twin tip terrain park crown, nor the modern groomers crowd. It is for the old fashioned skier.
Blacks trails (especially upper maple slalom- best trail in New England) have chjaracter. They wind through the woods taking you on an adventure. Some of their stuff is VERY challenging and natural; snow only. If you disagree- argue with this- White Knuckle, Upper Lostbo, Lower Lostbo, Caret Notch Glated, T2, Mr. Rew. Most of that is so steep/challenging people won't go down it! It's not like Tims Trauma across the valley.
Most people are baffled by Black. But that is okay because we don't want phony skiers to ruin this great place here's what I say: you like groomers- find another mountain, you like the terrain park- find another mountain, you like HS lifts- find another mountain, you care how you look in your ski outfit- find another mountain, BUT if you are a non-phony true skier who loves skiing for what it is and what it used to be and love a mountain with that old fashioned new England Charm, Black Mt. is for you!
I hope Black stays around for many years to come. It is one of the last four old fashioned greats left in new england!