Hopefully this isn't a silly question, but I was curious about how "expert" Paradice and DJ are at Massanutten.
I've been down Rebel Yell numerous times over the last couple of years, but have never ventured up to the top of lift #6. I have been down a few black runs at WG, but I will admit it was probably more work than fun at the time (only by a little bit though!). In order to progress, you've got to try, right?
The only way to get a good view of the PD and DJ runs is to go up there, and once you are there it is do or die I guess. Based on some pictures I've seen from the top, DJ seems to take off steeper and perhaps narrower than Paradice.
What do you think? Should I just go for it? I certainly don't want to put myself or anyone else in harm's way, but like I said, at some point I am going to have to try.
Not a silly question. If you are skiing the top of Rebel Yell with confidence, you should be fine on DJ or ParaDice. Just plan on stopping to rest a few times. For relatively new intermediate skiers, they feel like really long runs.
I took my niece up for her first black run around age 14. She'd only skied a couple times on Girl Scout outings before that. We'd warmed up on Rebel Yell all morning. She was very excited on the first ride up the high speed lift. Positively exhilarated to find she could ski ParaDice. Needless to say, we spent the next hour going up and down the black runs non-stop.
My daughter started on DJ last winter (her third ski season). ParaDice never had snow so that wasn't an option. She liked it. It's really nice to be able to stay away from the other lifts now . . . at least for a few runs before she's ready for hot chocolate.