Those D ratings are estimated at best. How well a line skis will depend heavily on the snow conditions. Hero corn/powder is very different than punchy, variable, sustrugi or even ice. When I skied Blanca, it was an incredibly technical descent, whereas when BillM skied it in powder, he didn’t encounter the terrain like I did - so our ratings will be very different! An estimated rating is better than nothing IMO.AnnaG22 wrote: ↑Sun Mar 28, 2021 12:50 pm
I do have a much lower risk tolerance than a lot of folks, but I don't tire of emphasizing that I am a strong in-bounds skier who loves resort expert terrain and 40-50 degree slopes, but I stick firmly to blue-equivalent terrain in the backcountry. Probably max out around D7, which is how bergsteigen ranks Castle's north couloir, and that ski really got my attention...I skied it, but realized I had a lot to improve to feel comfortable on that kind of backcountry terrain. (That said, she says Peak 10 4th of July bowl is D7 too, and I loved that, so maybe skiing in shorts makes me braver).
Long story short: we're all different, but the advice these folks are offering is well-intentioned with experience to back it up. They're not saying you can't do it, they're just offering perspective and insight, for which you did ask.
EDIT: sorry to hear about your shoulder. Once it heals, I promise D2-D4 grade backcountry turns are super fun. It's amazing what unlimited pow can do to compensate for mellower slopes.
A skier also needs a lot of confidence to drop a big line deep into the BC. No patroler to haul you out if you fall badly. So how we see a line will vary on our own level of confidence in our abilities. I’ve noted a lot of variability in my own confidence based on what I have been skiing lately. Why I like skiing resort steeps when the BC keeps you on <30 slopes due to bad avy. It can be tough to get out of ones own headspace!
Also last time I checked, there are very few inbounds resort “groomers” that are much over 40deg. Rossi’s at Copper is one of the steepest daily groomers that I know of, and that’s about 40 - hence the US ski team location. So the majority of 40-50 at a resort will typically be natural terrain that can be highly variable, but usually bumped out by the mogul monkeys. No moguls in the BC last time I checked. (BP doesn’t count) Powder skiers on the other hand make better powder bumps.