quote:Jimmy, I was using my own "absolute internal ranking scale" based on skiing 50+ ski areas in North America; from very small local areas in Southern New England that would make the Mid-Atlantic areas seem huge to the classic big Mountains such as Squaw, Jackson, Whistler/Blackcomb, Alta/Snowbird, etc. (People can certainly argue with my own ranking scale since it is subjective.) While the blacks at many Mid-Atlantic ski areas suffer from "grade inflation", Upper White Lightning, and to a lesser extent, Upper Thunderstruck, very much hold their own to any groomed black diamond in North America. The only thing Upper White Lightning might be missing would be a bit more terrain variation and some turns in the trail. It is certainly steep enough and long enough to be considered a legitimate black diamond in my book.
Trail markings are relative to the resort you're at but what are the minimum requirements to qualify as a "dcski" black diamond groomer?
quote:YES! YES! YES! and I think that's a good reason to have a few ungrooomed or lighly groomed runs at each Mid-Atlantic resort.
The skiing of many "experts" really falls apart when they try to ski the ungroomed.
johnfmh wrote...."Both of you feel that an ungroomed OTW keeps beginners away. That, I'm afraid is false logic. I can't tell you how many beginners I've seen giving up and walking down that slope. For some reason, teenage beginners will attempt double black terrain no matter how many signs the resort puts in front of the trail. I call it "evolution in action."
Wonder if they took Liberty's approach and banned rental ski's from certain slopes? I'd never seen this before and thought it funny at first but hhe more I thought about it the more sense it made.
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