So I "used to be" a pretty good rider. now with years layed off, and getting back into it. What would be your guesstimate that riding Bert would be safe?
after a full season? a few times? I have heard amazing things, but never have been.
Bert has lines you can do for all ability levels. the problem with Bert is that it has very real avalanche danger. There are some pretty safe bet areas but you literally stray a few feet away from them and you can be in avalanche terrain. Several runs in the trees slide too. Seems like every year there is a close call in Floral.
So really that is the problem. Basically the top of the pass east side coming straight down to the parking lot and the run on the far lookers left coming down to the highway are the only legit spots with next to no avalanche danger. Can't say they are 100% free of it as unusual snow can do unusual things.
Hopefully you have some training and the avy gear. If you know what to look for it is fairly simple to stay safe there and have a blast. Just about everything you see is ridden there, just not on the same day.
You can boot around. That will get you to most of the old ski area runs, it is work though. There are a few shots right out of the parking lot. The south side has decent vertical the north side not so much but fun. They get tracked fast too.
Booting around does also limit your exposure to some degree.
A splitboard is the best tool for the pass though. You can travel into some great areas but of course the trouble you can get into is expanded too.
If you got avy gear, a method of travel, and weekends (for now), I could probably show you around one day and familiarise you with the terrain.