Originally Posted by Cornbread
Most double diamonds take more than just steepness into account. Dangers such as trees, rocks, cliffs and cornices are usually factors
This is very true. At Steamboat all the runs rated double black off Mt Werner are not overly steep (IMO), but take the terrain features into account such as big ole pine trees tightly spaced and cliff/rock bands
At Alta it's all considered black, but the further out the traverse you go the "steeper" it gets. Steep is all relative to the feeling you get before your bindings get past the lip and you can't turn around.
In previous posts 23 degrees was the threshold into advanced skiing. If you can't link turns at 23 degrees please take your boards off at the bottom of the hill and have a latte cause your not advanced. If you can't link turns your not even an intermediate. I believe you are advanced when you can ski the fall line on any black making clean linked turns while proceeding down the aforementioned fall line. Am I advanced? Sure am. Am I an expert? Hell no. Can I ski double blacks? Sure can. Don't most resorts warn on double blacks "Experts Only"? Yep. I'm so confused