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Big Sky Resort, MT Introduces TRIPLE Black Diamond Trails to Denote ‘High Consequence Terrain’

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Credit: Big Sky Resort

Big Sky Resort, MT has long been revered by skiers who love the steep, vast terrain and big mountain skiing. Skiing Lone Peak is truly unlike any other resort experience in the lower 48. Big Sky Ski Patrol works diligently to make some of the steepest and most complex inbounds routes open and available to the public.

Triple Black Diamond Terrain

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Triple Black Diamond. Credit: Big Sky Resort

This season, Big Sky Ski Patrol has designated certain trails as triple black diamond to increase guest education and awareness of the risks of skiing high alpine, high consequence terrain. The methodology for designating trails as a triple black diamond includes:

…exposure to uncontrollable falls along a steep, continuous pitch, route complexity, and high consequence terrain. The triple black diamond trail rating is used as a communication tool to encourage conservative skiing with a focus on skiing in control.

Check out the most updated Big Sky Resort trail maps (below) for a comprehensive list of triple black diamond rated trails.

Managed Access

Big Sky Resort has three Managed Access areas: the Big Couloir, North Summit Snowfield, and Upper A-Z Chutes. These areas require thoughtful management of the number of people that can safely travel before conditions and timely rescue deteriorate. All guests skiing in Managed Access terrain are required to sign out with Ski Patrol, carry a beacon, and ski with a partner.


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2 thoughts on “Big Sky Resort, MT Introduces TRIPLE Black Diamond Trails to Denote ‘High Consequence Terrain’

  1. Only skied one of these last year dug to fog all
    Week. Beacon worked fine at Big Sky

    Beacon did not work for shit at Bridger Bowl
    Go figure. Their beacon detectors would not
    find my beacon. The lifty and about 1/3 of the
    patrol could see it. 2/3 of the patrol could not.
    They were most puzzled but said Ok to ski
    the ridge

  2. Only skied one of these last year due to fog all
    Week. Beacon worked fine at Big Sky

    Beacon did not work for shit at Bridger Bowl
    Go figure. Their beacon detectors would not
    find my beacon. The lifty and about 1/3 of the
    patrol could see it. 2/3 of the patrol could not.
    They were most puzzled but said Ok to ski
    the ridge

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