Originally Posted by breilly
Was just trying to find some runs to transition from blue to black without getting in over my head. ..... Although steepness doesn't bother me as much as bumps.
Two things can move a run into the black category, at least in Colorado: 1) steepness, and/or 2) bumps.
If you want to avoid bumps, the grooming report is your friend. Looks for black runs that were groomed. Those will be more like steep blue runs until they get bumped out over a couple days and turn more black. Then they are groomed again and turn blue. Blue/black runs are generally one or the other depending on how long it's been since it's groomed, except maybe the day after grooming they are right between.
Also, to work your way into bumps look for blue bump runs, which are runs that are not very steep but not groomed. They are few and far between, unfortunately, but the perfect way to learn how to ski bumps. You'll have to ask, because you can't tell the difference on the map, except maybe at WP/MJ that uses the blue/black designation.
There are a couple blue bump runs at Copper: Little Burn under the Timberline lift, and I-Dropper off the American Flyer lift. Those are a couple great beginner bump runs. On the other end of the spectrum is Rossi's run. It's a steep, black groomer that is groomed most days. It's a the bottom of the US Ski Team Speed Center course and is a blast.