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I'm interested to see the difference in classification of black diamond runs between different resorts. Specifically I'm interested in comparing the steepness of midwest/eastcoast black diamonds with "Western" mountains. I did notice when I was at Timberline, that the runs off the top chairlift weren't very steep for being black diamonds.

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I know Tahoe resorts blue diamonds were like socal blacks. And that ws northstar which is called flatstar by most locals, so it's even worse at the other resorts.

I went down a double black (Geronimo) at bear mountain, which was easier than their single black. Odd.
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so this little hill near me (perfect north slopes)was where i did my first "black diamond". i was 12, and on skis (blegh), and it scared the living piss out of me. so of course, one of my wonderful siblings pushed me off the top and let me go on my merry way... on my face/butt/back/knees, etc. i can't really remember that day very well...

anyway, the first time on a snowboard was this year (my first season) at the same place. after 3 or 4 visits, i was linking turns etc. and getting better fast and also getting bored with some of the other runs. so, i went and tried this black diamond. after about 2 hours or so, i was totally making that slope my bitch.

A few weeks back, i went up to Sunday River with my brother & some of his friends for a week. (best brother in the world, even paid for my flight ) by the end of the first day, i could do the greens with proficiency, and was starting to explore some easy blues. about the 4th day, he and his friends had me go down a moderate black diamond. nothing special. day 6 i was bombing down em for fun and even doing some of the easier double blacks.

lol... the only real injuries that i got were from the park and one incident where i unknowingly went down a run with a small cliff (5-10') at about the middle, and the landing was... not so good of a landing, if you could call it that.

next year, i'm goin back to perfect north and im gonna rape that mountain all up and down the midwest.

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I would certainly hope you can go down the blacks at P-north. It is 400 vertical feet. The bunny slope at Keystone is bigger...
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I know Tahoe resorts blue diamonds were like socal blacks. And that ws northstar which is called flatstar by most locals, so it's even worse at the other resorts.

I went down a double black (Geronimo) at bear mountain, which was easier than their single black. Odd.
Which black have you tried at northstar? The ones at Sierra scared the shit out of me..
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Which black have you tried at northstar? The ones at Sierra scared the shit out of me..
I rode most of the mountain. It was in January so the snow was crap. cement, historically dry month. But It was just fine. it's my fiance who is very timid so that kind of ruined it. I should have left her at the bottom. She's been boarding way longer in Tahoe but is timid since her coworker busted his whole body up so that's that.

But yeah, I came down all over the mountain, including the back side (which was very fun). And that was on a crappy Technine Split T. I wish I had my SL at the time.

I have not rode Sierra except for my first time which was on the bunny slope at the very front. I was supposed to go tomorrow but my lady was sent home from up there from work, so I missed out.
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I rode most of the mountain. It was in January so the snow was crap. cement, historically dry month. But It was just fine. it's my fiance who is very timid so that kind of ruined it. I should have left her at the bottom. She's been boarding way longer in Tahoe but is timid since her coworker busted his whole body up so that's that.

But yeah, I came down all over the mountain, including the back side (which was very fun). And that was on a crappy Technine Split T. I wish I had my SL at the time.

I have not rode Sierra except for my first time which was on the bunny slope at the very front. I was supposed to go tomorrow but my lady was sent home from up there from work, so I missed out.
I really want to try going to the backside, but i'm worried I might be too chicken! (my first season, i'm a girl), and I learned in jan this year, can you believe it.... basically every heel side edge i took was a "THUMP", ouch my tailbone was about to break into 658 pieces!!

But I gotta say, northstar is my favorite, i'm considering getting a season pass for next year. The blues are just right for me here, and I can hopefully progress to the backside!!

If you recall (Ax Handle) blue run, is it significantly steeper than that on the backside?
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I really want to try going to the backside, but i'm worried I might be too chicken! (my first season, i'm a girl), and I learned in jan this year, can you believe it.... basically every heel side edge i took was a "THUMP", ouch my tailbone was about to break into 658 pieces!!

But I gotta say, northstar is my favorite, i'm considering getting a season pass for next year. The blues are just right for me here, and I can hopefully progress to the backside!!

If you recall (Ax Handle) blue run, is it significantly steeper than that on the backside?
Try Drifter for your first time down the backside at Northstar, it's a blue run near the top of the Zephyr lift. It's nice and long and wide. Once you master Drifter it's just a small step up to riding the black runs on the backside.
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Try Drifter for your first time down the backside at Northstar, it's a blue run near the top of the Zephyr lift. It's nice and long and wide. Once you master Drifter it's just a small step up to riding the black runs on the backside.
Did you happen to sit next to me on a chairlift? A guy told me the same thing!! I will try it next time. He swore up and down that it's very similar to the Ax Handle!
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My first time was at breck. i missed the cat walk my buddy took and didn't feel like unbinding and walking up hill. So i went for didn't look to steep figured i could cut out of it didn't realize i was stuck in a pack of four small black runs in the middle. Made it about half way down ate shit and pretty much slid the rest of the way. All in all it was fun id do it again rather then walking back up.
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i dont remember my first time, even though it had to have been within the last 6 weeks. blacks dont really scare me..theyre just steeper, so i kip the tip pointed down and rock the fuck out. that being said, these are east coast blacks, so they probably translate to western blues.The only thing I want no part of is moguls.. but then again, I can already feel myself drifting towards being a park rider. Riding trails kinda bores me, and there really isn't any backcountry riding around here to speak of.


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