I often thought it would be nice to be able to easily see why a certain trial is rated as it is. Trails are only rated relative to each resort so it would be nice to see what is behind a certain rating on any given trail.
For example, at Vail there is Riva Ridge wihich is rated black but is quite easy because it is generally groomed with minimal bumps. But the only way I know this is by experience and my cuz lived there in the day.. On the other hand the Back Bowls are double black but, to me, are "easier" because it is "my kind of skiing" wide open, sort of steep but it is the qualities of the run that make it discernable from other double blacks that I would use to decide if it will be fun or death defying or otherwise end my day.
Jackson has a system that adds info about runs as you can easily see the sign with the skull and crossbones on the chutes and the hobacks are described as a backcountry experience for experts. And I like the double Blue system because three days into a 10 day trip that might be all I'm up for.
But it would be nice to know things like if it is double black because of bumps? Steeps? Trees? Cliffs? Or is it just double black because it is a wide open face like back bowls or copper peak at Copper Monuntain.
Yes we have the grooming reports but asking someone is always wierd because they dont really know how I ski and I dont know if they know what they are talking about.
It would be nice to see just a couple words on the sign that says something about the run.