Mid 70s, January on Cannon Mt. NH -- Temp was -20 at the base, windchill -70 at the summit. Got off the tram and was blown across the tram deck. Took 2 runs and called it a day. I was trying out a thin pair of ski socks for the first time and took home a souvenir of frostbite to my toes -- they took about 10 days to warm up and have tended to be cold since.
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Tell Us About Your Coldest Ski Trip Ever.....We've ALL Had at Least One. - Page 2post #31 of 12110/30/11 at 8:41pm
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December of 1993 or 1994 (can't remember) at Stowe. Great week, 8-12" every night for 3 days, then the temps turned. The last day it was -15F at the base, they weren't reporting the temp or windchill at the top, but it was blowing pretty good. One of my friends got frostbite on her face.post #33 of 12110/30/11 at 10:06pm
Winter of 78-79 - if you were cold in the '70's, that was probably the winter. It never got above 0 for 2 whole weeks where I was that winter.
Taylor Mountain near Idaho Falls, Idaho. It was Navy night, December 1978, and so only us nuclear power squids were on the hill that night. They usually were open only on the weekends, but we got the place to ourselves on a Tuesday night with 2' of new snow. I was making one run, then heading for the lodge, repeat if necessary. My fingers were frozen, it was 15 below, but there was so much untouched powder I couldn't help myself....I had to ski. I'm in line to get on the chair, I sit down on the chair, and HALT. The chair had broken down with me just loading. I went into the lodge, and while I was warming up, those poor SOB's on the chairlift had to wait 45 minutes. I never saw so many frozen people in my life.post #34 of 12110/30/11 at 10:09pm
Quote:Originally Posted by SpikeDog
Winter of 78-79 - if you were cold in the '70's, that was probably the winter. It never got above 0 for 2 whole weeks where I was that winter.
Taylor Mountain near Idaho Falls, Idaho. It was Navy night, December 1978, and so only us nuclear power squids were on the hill that night. They usually were open only on the weekends, but we got the place to ourselves on a Tuesday night with 2' of new snow. I was making one run, then heading for the lodge, repeat if necessary. My fingers were frozen, it was 15 below, but there was so much untouched powder I couldn't help myself....I had to ski. I'm in line to get on the chair, I sit down on the chair, and HALT. The chair had broken down with me just loading. I went into the lodge, and while I was warming up, those poor SOB's on the chairlift had to wait 45 minutes. I never saw so many frozen people in my life.
I know what thats like. Freezing cold, but you just can't stop skiing because it's such an epic pow day. I lost the tips of 2 of my fingers one time on a 22 inch day.post #35 of 12110/31/11 at 5:39amThread Starter
Just occurred to me that the very first time I was taken skiing was January '77. it was Kmart and it was COLD!. Not a bad place for your first turns.
We actually car pooled several vehicles to some spot on the access road. Unfortunately, my car was a 300D MB and it froze solid at 30 BELOW that friday night, so we piled into the other vehicles and up to Snowshed for some rentals.
It wasn't that cold for me in my frozen bluejeans 'cause of all the extra effort you use trying to stay upright. Good thing I played some hockey and could skate, so i could go straight and lay down a solid hockey stop on a pair of 150s.
Oh yeah, the Benz got towed and stowed at the old Mobil station so it could thaw out for the ride home on Sunday night.
Funny part was that we had just returned from vacation a week earlier in sunny KeyWest. We figured that was a 100*+ temperature swing.post #36 of 12110/31/11 at 6:13ampost #37 of 12110/31/11 at 6:15am
I guess I'm at the bottom of the list.
I skied on Snow King a few times when it was -25°F. They close the lift when it get colder than that. If it's too cold, I don't go out.post #38 of 12110/31/11 at 6:16ampost #39 of 12110/31/11 at 7:32am
It was Park City back in the 80s. I think the low was -30 something. Actually, it wasn't all that bad because the sun was out and there was no wind. I do remember, however, that my exposed ear lobes were really burning after my first run. The packed snow was so cold it squeaked and it was pretty slow.
Snowguns were running non-stop, but there was plenty of snow. I am guessing they were trying to keep the water lines from freezing?post #40 of 12110/31/11 at 7:53ampost #41 of 12110/31/11 at 9:37ampost #42 of 12110/31/11 at 10:22am
Stowe VT 2002 or 2003. It was something like -20 at the base windchill -40 and -40 at the summit with wind chills hitting as low as -70. I was in Highschool and on a group ski trip so of course not skiing wasn't an option. We would suffer up the lift, stop in the lodge to warm up, then take a long run down through trees. Only took 1 or 2 runs not in trees and it was just too cold. Trees stopped the wind and made you work to keep warm. That was the only way to survive, but the day turned out to be OK since the mountain was empty and you could always get a spot in the lodge.post #43 of 12110/31/11 at 10:27am
Blue Mountain (Ont) as well. Night skiing, so windy.....snow was blowing UP the hill. If I spread out my arms on the way down, the wind would slow me to a crawl. It was a bad cold snap and Georgian Bay was frozen with the wave action showing in the ice. Thought my fingers were gonna fall off. This was before I got my Hestra mitts with an extra liner
Side note: Hey Markism, welcome to EpicSki. We live near each other! I'm in Miss as well.post #44 of 12110/31/11 at 10:47am
Havnt been skiing all that long so I dont have too many dates, but last year was it. Woke up in town at -26*, drove to the mountain and it dropped to -32* with a windchill around -60*. I was working as a liftie at the time. Forgot my mask that day.... Took a tow back to the backside lift, hopped in the lift shack, kicked the heater on, and stuck my face about an inch away from it. Later on that day took a ride up the chair to swap the top operator, 5 minute ride and had my hand covering my face the whole time. When I got to the top I asked the ski patrollers if I had frostbite yet (just joking around) their answer was "Yes you do, Get your ass in here." Just a little 2nd degree frostbite on the nose, nothing real bad, kind of annoying though. We shut the mountain down at noon that day, too many people getting frostbite, and it was cold enough that our skis wouldn't slide, im sure ill see another day like it this year.post #45 of 12110/31/11 at 1:08pm
It wasn't actually as cold as some of these tales, but the coldest I've ever been while skiing was on Quandary Peak. I think it was about -10 on the summit ridge, with howling wind pelting me with ice flecks all the way up the ridge. I had a couple square inches of skin exposed on the left side of my face where the wind and ice was hitting it, which I later discovered was frostbitten. I spent about .3 seconds on the summit before getting my skis on and getting the hell out of there.
Lesson: Cover your face thoroughly!! You don't realize it's exposed when it's numb!
The other coldest day was -20 at Breck a few years ago. I only got a couple runs in before they closed the lifts due to the wind. I wasn't exactly sad about it.post #46 of 12110/31/11 at 2:17pmThread Starter
I never thought it could get much below -30* in the the old US of A, but -60* is a bit much.
For those of you who remember Xmas '80, the windchill was somewhere around -80*.
Yeah, cover everything on your face, even your Gore-Tex will freeze and get rather crunchy.
I remember a snarly day at Stowe way back when they use to hand out ponchos on the old peak chair.
Snowing and windy, my wife says NO. What a mistake, I busted her all the way up. Not very trendy, but they made all the difference in the world.post #47 of 12110/31/11 at 4:49pmQuote:
And you didn't give her yours?
post #48 of 12110/31/11 at 5:09pm
great place to ask: what are the degrees (of severity) of frostbite and what characterizes them, symptoms, therapy, outcome? thx.
Quote:Originally Posted by snowyphil65
Havnt been skiing all that long so I dont have too many dates, but last year was it. Woke up in town at -26*, drove to the mountain and it dropped to -32* with a windchill around -60*. I was working as a liftie at the time. Forgot my mask that day.... Took a tow back to the backside lift, hopped in the lift shack, kicked the heater on, and stuck my face about an inch away from it. Later on that day took a ride up the chair to swap the top operator, 5 minute ride and had my hand covering my face the whole time. When I got to the top I asked the ski patrollers if I had frostbite yet (just joking around) their answer was "Yes you do, Get your ass in here." Just a little 2nd degree frostbite on the nose, nothing real bad, kind of annoying though. We shut the mountain down at noon that day, too many people getting frostbite, and it was cold enough that our skis wouldn't slide, im sure ill see another day like it this year.post #49 of 12110/31/11 at 6:25pm
The absolute coldest I have ever been was at Loon Mtn, NH in 2000? 2001? It was 15 below F at the base and 20-something below at the top. Anyway, I got on their old triple with two of the only other people dumb enough to be skiing that day, and the lift stopped about a third of the way up. That would have been bad enough, but this woman seated in the middle would not shut up about how cold she was. Cold I can deal with; it's mental, mind over matter, whatever. Somebody seated next to me bitching about the cold -- that I can't deal with. I was honestly getting close to pushing her off after determining that we were high enough that you'd get hurt if you jumped but we were low enough that she'd live if she were to "fall". Something like 30 minutes later they finally got the lift going again on backup power. I skied down to the lodge and just sat in front of the fire for probably another 30 minutes to thaw out.
Coldest temperature I've ever seen on a thermometer is 29 below at Cannon Mtn. I was at Sunday River on a day when they claimed it was 40 below, but I didn't look at any thermometers that day. I think the coldest windchill I've seen was at Sugarbush, VT -- 25 below Fahrenheit with 40mph winds.
I've skied out west a few times on days where the thermometer was reading double-digit negatives, but it really didn't feel at all cold. Dry cold works the way dry heat does?post #50 of 12110/31/11 at 6:27pmpost #51 of 12110/31/11 at 7:55pm
Yes. A much better explanation than I could ever give can be found here : http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/weather/A0824520.html
As somebody born and raised on an island I can tell you that -8 C feels much colder here than -15 on my ski-hill, 530 vertical m higher up. When the fjord is covered in ice temperatures feel more the same. I've had -31 C here on the island with high humidity, that was insanely cold and the champagne froze in the glasses ( new years eve) - it can get so cold that the fjord wont freeze. That's an observation and I can't explain why.
Ironically, I've never gotten frostbite on the island, but all 3 times up in the mountains. In 82, on winter maneuvers, I got frostbite in all fingertips as a result of being stupidly tired after a forced, day long trek, pulling a heavy sled and managing to fall asleep, outdoors, while my squad dug the snow cave. Not very cold, about - 12 C, and I didn't sleep very long before the CO found and woke me up. That the squad had made a lousy snow cave didn't help either, I awoke quite wet, and volunteered to do the dreaded vanguard, making tracks in order to dry out.
In 83, in Livigno, Italy, I got frostbite in parts of both feet as a result of being stupidly ignorant of how the new Salomon SX 90 worked.
The last time was last season, right foot (again), not really sure why, but probably some stupidity again ( seems to be a pattern ). Once you get serious frostbite it's not difficult to "re-freeze".post #52 of 12110/31/11 at 8:35pmpost #53 of 12111/1/11 at 12:56amThread Starter
Fashion statement back then, just call her the Ice Princess.
KevinF, Sugarbush is where I spent most of my time in the east, it is also why I never moved there. The ride to the top can be excruciatingly unpleasant. I would be there today if they had kept any kind of enclosed lift.
Edited by snokat - 11/1/11 at 3:10ampost #54 of 12111/1/11 at 8:07am
Saas Fee, orientation day, early december, 10 or more years ago. The van ride there was great, nice and cosy and warm, then we got to the car park and opened the door. The coldest car park I'd ever experienced, and the sudden transition from cosy to bitter didn't help. We got to just under 3700meters, minus 38 centigrade. Clear sky. By mid morning a wind had picked up, and they closed the top of the mountain, just after we got off the last metro up. Now early afternoon, and a front has moved in. Can't see a thing, still around -38C, plus wind.
The second time wasn't the coldest, but someone had got drunk and tripped over the cable for the heater to the boot room (I think he tried to play hide the sausage with a woman in there), and I had to put on wet boots, on a decently cold minus 10-15degree, grey day. Tips of my big toes agony, and the kids all freezing, so I ski a bump run to warm everyone up, and my toes no longer hurt. At lunch time, warming up by the fire, my toes start causing me some serious pain. First time I've ever had frost-bit, or as my alaskian friend said, 'it's only a bit of frost nip, nothing serious'.post #55 of 12111/1/11 at 9:43am
1989 or 1990 January or February a new record low for the date -27 not including wind chill, South Lake Tahoe, skied Heavenly, very slowly (under 30 mph) and dressed like a mummy...made it through bell to bell with about 4 breaks to thaw out. It did warm to -14F though.
It took a whole can of WD40 to get the old Ford 302 to fire up, woulda been quicker to walk to the lifts.post #56 of 12111/1/11 at 10:00amQuote:Originally Posted by ONedge
Last year, Summity County, the last week of January into February. Arrived in Denver and was greated by people in flip flops and t-shirts with a high temp of 60. Ended the week driving to the airport, temp in the car -36. The day before skied A-basin. -23 summit not including the windchill. I have never experienced that drastic of a temperature change in my life.
Remember this well. We had the same experience. Arrived from Boston, greeted with temps in the mid-60s, bright sun making it feel even warmer. Stopped off an I-70 exit, spread out on the grass, and caught rays for half an hour with no shirt on. During our week at Vail, we had 2 days with the temp at -30, too cold to ski. Glad we had a 4 out of 6 day lift ticket. Skied at Burke Mountain once when the temp on the bank in Lyndonville read -27 as we passed through town. Even colder on the hill, but we toughed it out. A couple or runs then in for hot chocolate, repeat.post #57 of 12111/1/11 at 11:15am
January 2011 in downtown Winter Park & Fraser in the morning. Never got much warmer. Even colder up on the mountain. My feet were frozen. The wind made it worse.
-40 F = -40 Cpost #58 of 12111/1/11 at 11:25am
Mid-January 1983 at Killington.
Killington Peak was closed the first two days because of the cold (I recall reports of stupid temperatures like -50 or -60 at the top). The thermometer outside the house we rented read in the minus twenties the first two days. After day one, we put the tow truck guy “on retainer” for 8:00 AM to ensure that at least one of our cars started (one guy’s battery was actually frozen). We began the first 4 days below 0, and didn’t get above 0 the first two (the high for day 3 was +4). Who knows what the wind chill was. The last day our thermometer read a balmy +8 as we left the house and nobody felt the need for hats or gloves on the walk from the car to the lodge.
The coldest I’ve ever been was one ride that week on the old Killington chair (they’ve since replaced it with gondola) when it stopped in a place where we were completely exposed. It probably wasn’t stopped all that long, but the wind was howling and I wasn’t particularly warm when we got on, so it seemed like forever until we got moving again.
These days, given the same conditions, I’d probably just sleep in, but the math at the time was 6 guys in their mid 20’s cooped up in a house for a week = loss of damage deposit + whatever harm we inflict on each other so we skied every day, pretty much all day.
post #59 of 12111/1/11 at 2:15pm
Maybe not the coldest, but very interesting. Sitting patrol duty at the top of the lift some years back. Lift shut down some time earlier due to high winds & we were waiting for either wind to subside or for mtn. to clear so we could to do day's end sweep. Wind continued to increase to a steady 80-90 w/ gusts to 120 as registered on the anemometer on the lift shack. This was one of the less modern shacks on the hill and had me wondering about wind loads. Thought we were headed for Oz. Brought others up by snowcat for sweep. Sweep took a loooong time since we couldn't see, hear, or even stand up at times. Good times.post #60 of 12111/1/11 at 2:27pmQuote:Originally Posted by mcolorado
Maybe not the coldest, but very interesting. Sitting patrol duty at the top of the lift some years back. Lift shut down some time earlier due to high winds & we were waiting for either wind to subside or for mtn. to clear so we could to do day's end sweep. Wind continued to increase to a steady 80-90 w/ gusts to 120 as registered on the anemometer on the lift shack. This was one of the less modern shacks on the hill and had me wondering about wind loads. Thought we were headed for Oz. Brought others up by snowcat for sweep. Sweep took a loooong time since we couldn't see, hear, or even stand up at times. Good times.
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