1. To my understanding, black/double-black etc etc do not refer solely to steepness but to overall difficulty. It is generally the custom that a black will go to double-black when in the trees to acknowledge such greater difficulty.
2. The area I was talking about included Big Trees, Bernies, Mind Bender etc. They are indeed marked as double black. If you read my post you would see that I did not say that those trails are toughest, gnarliest, toughest, steepest etc. at LL and in fact I specifically downgraded them as "close" to real double black as they are not severe;
but our Host skied them well and fast so it was a challenge, especially with the tricky snow in the trees -- light powder over ice.
3. I was merely offering Old School the idea --- who said specifically that he would be skiing alone
-- that if he hooked up with the right Host group he might get to ski, and safely, some of the tougher runs with folks who know the mountain well,
4. If there are other much steeper, true double blacks at LL where a visitor can be wowed & impressed by local experts,
I stand corrected.
5. Now that I have reviewed the map, I am reminded we also skied the area around ER 3 and Swede's, which were quite steep enough for me.
6. But the significant point I was trying to make is that a newbie to an area can sometimes hookup with the right "Mountain Host" group and do some really fine skiing -- such groups are usually but not always for intermediates on gentle groomed runs. I learned at LL that joining one is not as cheezy as some people like to make them appear. In fact if I were managing a large ski area like Whistler, Alta etc I would make sure that such advanced groups were common as it makes the mountain a much more vivid experience for the vistitor. My day at Lale Louise was made truly memorable because I got to ski parts of a great mountain which I wouldn't have skied (properly so) as a lone skier unfamilar with the terrain.