|Originally posted by AltaSkier:
If a black diamond is an experts only run, what exactly is a double black? Expert experts?
Yes, of course the trail rating system is relative to each mountain. Thus, a black diamond at Nub's Nob is not going to be the same thing as at Jackson Hole, but come on, you know what I'm talking about.
In fact, at Jackson Hole, they don't distinguish between black and double-black on the printed trail map, but thankfully they do on the actual on-mountain signage. The reason: to keep people like me (only been skiing for two years and capable of enjoying relatively difficult single-black trails, but have absolutely no business attempting hike-to terrain like the Baldy Chutes and Devil's Castle, or even lift-accessed High Rustler) from inadvertently getting into serious trouble. Are you telling me that some of those runs off the tram at Big Sky or "La Poubelle" at Chamonix (from Tom@Cham's now-famous photo) should not be rated "expert-expert"?
My double-black remark was an attempt to paraphrase Bob Peter's description of Snowbasin: "miles and miles of perfectly-groomed easy cruisers. It's like Park City or Deer Valley without the crowds, except that it also has a lot of terrain that will satisfy the hottest of the hot on this group."