Hey Dave, Glad to hear you had a good time up there. I was curious to know what you mean when you refer to most of the runs being "steep?" Can you guesstimate the degree of slope?
dunno. Ordinary black diamond-ish mostly, maybe a little steeper. With sections probably approaching 50ish or steeper, but those would not be the norm.
Also, I gotta say from the couple of pics you posted, The trees don't look so tight that I feel like I wouldn't be able to navigate my way around them. ...
I know there are probably lots of areas where the tree runs aren't thinned or are left pretty much as is for the experts to play in, but on the whole,... How well thinned are the average marked glades? I imagine some are some a lot tighter than others.
Plenty of the gladed sections are thinned out fairly well, navigable enough you can make long traverse cuts and/or uphill turns to check speed if needed.
Just trying to get a good idea if this is someplace I want to plan on getting to next season. I'm obviously no expert, but I'm also not a complete beginner! The double blacks are likely way beyond me, but what is your opinion on the single black diamonds?
Marked trails black, probably not an issue unless the conditions are choppy. Doubles are glades. Like I said I think a lot of the glades are fairly accessible, you just need to be comfortable riding between the trees and a lot of people aren't. If you ride trees at Boyne/Crystal/Nub's/etc., then it is just the same thing but longer and a little steeper.
....on a totally bummer side note! PK is closed during the week now! The complete and utter end of the riding season is certainly in sight now!
Yep, so is Pine Knob. Bummer because I wanted to hit that park again. Mt. Brighton is open afternoons all week, for whatever that's worth, although it's not on your pass... I probably can't make the afternoon session any day, since it starts so late at 330pm.
Keep an eye on the weather, as of right now the weekend looks tolerable especially Saturday.
If the weather cooperates I'd like to ride Friday afternoon to free up my weekend for some other stuff I have to take care of, but if not, then maybe I get out Saturday morning somewhere.