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Dear diary Jan. 11th

post #1 of 22
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55 F and thunder and lightning while walking Sydney this AM. Bagged skiing because of the weather. What ever happened even here in the banana belt with January delivering consistent winter like weather. Oops forgot ,it was -10 F Monday!

The roller coaster of extremes is terrible. One thing for sure, you got to ski it when it's good, because it sure isn't going to last. Anyway avoided getting hit by lightning.

Cold returns tonight to deliver most likely frozen G tomorrow on the hill. I think I'd choose window pane ice over frozen granular.

I"ll get over it.
post #2 of 22
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Originally Posted by roundturns View Post

55 F and thunder and lightning while walking Sydney this AM. Bagged skiing because of the weather. What ever happened even here in the banana belt with January delivering consistent winter like weather. Oops forgot ,it was -10 F Monday!

The roller coaster of extremes is terrible. One thing for sure, you got to ski it when it's good, because it sure isn't going to last. Anyway avoided getting hit by lightning.

Cold returns tonight to deliver most likely frozen G tomorrow on the hill. I think I'd choose window pane ice over frozen granular.

I"ll get over it.

 

 

complaining about skiable conditions is lame. 

 

I skied literally all day yesterday in the rain, because well slush bumps are way more skiable than refrozen pane ice. goosebumps or any of the springs bumps trails would have been epic.  

 

Skiing is always good, its only gear and skiers that are not. 

post #3 of 22

There is nothing "epic" about skiing in the rain. 

Skiing/snowboarding are snowsports. Not rainsports. 

Conditions are what they are, but seriously, #### skiing in the rain. 

post #4 of 22
Thread Starter 
I'm lame I guess. If I was able to get to the hill in 10 minutes I'd probably go ski for a bit and get wet. Slush bumps I agree can be fun.

Screw frozen G not going to ski it and did not ski today because that was what was being served.

My loss I guess. Next Sat. I will be in Colorado and I"ll get my stoke going again. I love skiing here in Pa. too, but our seasons have changed in the last 10 years and not for the better.
post #5 of 22
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Originally Posted by Josh Matta View Post
 

 

 

complaining about skiable conditions is lame. 

 

I skied literally all day yesterday in the rain, because well slush bumps are way more skiable than refrozen pane ice. goosebumps or any of the springs bumps trails would have been epic.  

 

Skiing is always good, its only gear and skiers that are not. 


For east-coast day trippers like me it's more than the on-piste snow quality or getting wet.  It's about spending $50-80 for a day of skiing, $50 for gas, 3 hours each way in the car traveling through freezing rain, no easy or convenient place to store the change of clothes.  It's about not being able to drop coin on the latest techno-fabric nor getting professional product discounts.  It's also about those we ski with (including significant others) and their tolerance for rain.  It's about only being able to get out a few times a year.  Many of us don't have the luxury of an on-slope condo or a season's pass, which would make the decision much easier.

 

My point is that the decision to complain is not simply about the getting-wet "wuss factor."

post #6 of 22
Folks who ski for free should opt out of this thread. I had comp skiing for many years and any conditions I got to ski free were fabulous. I never passed on a chance to get out on the hill when I was rock in' for the bubble.

Paying for it gives you the right to bitch or stay home..
post #7 of 22
Well, fortunately for me Sunday River gave me a voucher - after some grumbling and hoop jumping on my part - for today's total wind shutdown debacle. So I'm only out time, gas, and remaining lifetime ski days.
post #8 of 22
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Originally Posted by hrstrat57 View Post

Folks who ski for free should opt out of this thread. I had comp skiing for many years and any conditions I got to ski free were fabulous. I never passed on a chance to get out on the hill when I was rock in' for the bubble.

Paying for it gives you the right to bitch or stay home..


Most of us pay for it in some form but I do get what you mean. I truly respect the people who come out ,especially the families,after taking the long drive, hauling the gear, paying the $$$, dealing with all those things and there is little to nothing open with truthfully pretty crappy conditions.

How many would go for a beach day at say 50 degress and rain. Go for a bike ride in a down pour. Go out for a hike in raw , damp conditions. Try to play a round of golf or tennis in 90+ with high humidity. Go out for a picnic in 40 mph winds? Skiers/ riders really do put up with a wide range of very challenging conditions to feed their passion. Look at Whiterooms post about challenging conditions and the video posted.

post #9 of 22
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Originally Posted by Josh Matta View Post
 

 

 

complaining about skiable conditions is lame. 

 

I skied literally all day yesterday in the rain, because well slush bumps are way more skiable than refrozen pane ice. goosebumps or any of the springs bumps trails would have been epic.  

 

Skiing is always good, its only gear and skiers that are not. 

Josh,

In the wording of your posts, sometimes you show growth, sometimes you revert back to being an idiot.

 

I know you ski as much or more than anyone who posts here, so, you love it. If I had to be a Stowe as an employee, and it was raining, I'd ski rather than hang out. We have all skied in bad weather when at mountains. The same storm that Roundturns had in western Pa. passed through eastern Pa and dumped major rain. I stand with those who choose not to do the drive and absorb the expense, just to make a few turns in slush.

post #10 of 22
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Originally Posted by Josh Matta View Post
 

 

complaining about skiable conditions is lame. 

 

I skied literally all day yesterday in the rain, because well slush bumps are way more skiable than refrozen pane ice. goosebumps or any of the springs bumps trails would have been epic.  

 

Skiing is always good, its only gear and skiers that are not. 

 

For me, being in wet clothes is like feeling thousands of bugs crawling around my body. I can ski in light rain for a couple of hours, but after the water seeps through it's just too unsettling. 

 

When it's -20 (celsius) though, I'm ok with that. But I understand that some people have physical conditions preventing them from enjoying skiing in low temperatures too. 

post #11 of 22

I'd only ski in the rain if I had traveled a long way and paid a lot of money up front for the trip and had no choice.

 

As I tell my wife: 'When we go to ___ to ski this year we've skiing no matter what it's like outside"

 

Here in MN extreme cold is much more of a problem than rain is (during the ski season), but both can really put a damper on a person's desire to ski.


Edited by focker - 1/15/14 at 11:40am
post #12 of 22

I skied in the rain all day last Saturday and really enjoyed the skiing.  Despite the rain, the snow was very fast, probably due to the freezing rain we had over night before the rain started.  The snow didn't begin to have patches of "glue" until about 3:00 pm. 

 

I must admit that I did not enjoy being soaked; my jacket proved to last about 4 hours before being noticeably wet inside, pants lasted about 1 hour.  Not to give TMI, but I really don't enjoy sitting in a cold puddle of water in the chair lift, nor do I enjoy the stream of water running down my sleeve from my mitt as I reach for the safety bar.   The skiing was worth it, even if I was somewhat cold (frozen lips affecting speech) for the last few hours.   This experience would probably have been better with better gear.

post #13 of 22
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Originally Posted by Living Proof View Post
 

Josh,

In the wording of your posts, sometimes you show growth, sometimes you revert back to being an idiot.

 

I know you ski as much or more than anyone who posts here, so, you love it. If I had to be a Stowe as an employee, and it was raining, I'd ski rather than hang out. We have all skied in bad weather when at mountains. The same storm that Roundturns had in western Pa. passed through eastern Pa and dumped major rain. I stand with those who choose not to do the drive and absorb the expense, just to make a few turns in slush.

 

 

I d like to find one time I called someone an idiot. like you just did to me. you do not agree with skiing in the rain because stemming does not work at all when you have thick slush on skinny skis. does not MEAN I am the idiot. 

 

I am certain I ski more than ANYONE at stowe. I love saying that because just saying gets people's panties in a wad. I probably ski more than anyone on this board, but i can not prove it electronically. In fact I love truths that people hate to hear. 

 

roundturn do not you have season pass locally?

 

honestly who actually wear clothes that get wet in the rain. seriouslly that is dumb. Metaphor ever hear of anything decent that is actually waterproof. gore tex 3 layer? 

 

Would you rather ski in the rain and have soft snow? or ski after the rain and have death cookies and boiler plate? 

post #14 of 22
Thread Starter 
Yea Ghost, but you Canadians are double tough . Yes, it's what you make it and attitude and love of skiing overcome weather " distractions". I probably need to man up and go skiing when the weather sucks.

Over the years I have purchased way too much ski stuff. What I never bought and no doubt wold have great utility would be the neoprene "ski buns" which would make wet chair lift rides a lot more bearable.

Really, I salute all of you who skied in the rain. I ran too hard on the treadmill instead and now have a mild case of shin splints.serves me right.
post #15 of 22
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Originally Posted by Josh Matta View Post
honestly who actually wear clothes that get wet in the rain. seriouslly that is dumb. Metaphor ever hear of anything decent that is actually waterproof. gore tex 3 layer? 

 

Would you rather ski in the rain and have soft snow? or ski after the rain and have death cookies and boiler plate? 

Lot's of people would wear clothes that get wet in the rain if that's all they had and they wanted to go skiing, for example people who have three kids in college and a mortgage on a house that just needed a new furnace and will soon need a new roof might settle on a Columbia Avalanche Jacket and Rossignol snow pants that come with a label saying they are waterproof but really aren't because that's all they could afford.  Well they might be able to afford the high end stuff if they cut out beer for a year, but that's just crazy talk.

 

As to soft snow or boiler plate with cookies, it's all good.:cool

post #16 of 22
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It's terrible about how"real life" expenses can ruin a good time on the hill.
post #17 of 22
My son and I skied in the rain for about an hour a couple of weeks ago, I quit after that, with the flat light and rain on my googles I couldn't see crap. Skiing the rain sucks it's not about the getting wet for me it's about being able to see which isn't easy in the rain.
post #18 of 22
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Originally Posted by roundturns View Post

It's terrible about how"real life" expenses can ruin a good time on the hill.


Or not.  

post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by sinjun View Post

My son and I skied in the rain for about an hour a couple of weeks ago, I quit after that, with the flat light and rain on my googles I couldn't see crap. Skiing the rain sucks it's not about the getting wet for me it's about being able to see which isn't easy in the rain.


Finding yourself unexpectedly in the air is part of the fun.

post #20 of 22
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Originally Posted by roundturns View Post



55 F and thunder and lightning while walking Sydney this AM. Bagged skiing because of the weather. What ever happened even here in the banana belt with January delivering consistent winter like weather. Oops forgot ,it was -10 F Monday!



The roller coaster of extremes is terrible. One thing for sure, you got to ski it when it's good, because it sure isn't going to last. Anyway avoided getting hit by lightning.



Cold returns tonight to deliver most likely frozen G tomorrow on the hill. I think I'd choose window pane ice over frozen granular.



I"ll get over it.



 



Have we hit rock bottom in the Mid-Atlantic yet? Not a bit of natural snow left on the ground when I left Canaan Valley Sunday.



 



Ya I got paid to get soaked Saturday Jan 11.



 



Sunday's firm snow was not so bad, depending on the shape of ur turns; Zturns and power slides didn't work too well. Patrol and the meat wagon were busy busy and the high humidity made it fell 20 degrees colder than it was.



 



Friday the 10th was pretty sweet though.

post #21 of 22
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Originally Posted by jimmy View Post
 
Have we hit rock bottom in the Mid-Atlantic yet? Not a bit of natural snow left on the ground when I left Canaan Valley Sunday.

 

Ya I got paid to get soaked Saturday Jan 11.

 

Sunday's firm snow was not so bad, depending on the shape of ur turns; Zturns and power slides didn't work too well. Patrol and the meat wagon were busy busy and the high humidity made it fell 20 degrees colder than it was.

 

Friday the 10th was pretty sweet though.

How long did it rain on Jan. 11 in WV?  It was nice in the morning at Massanutten until it rained hard at 11:30.  Then rained until about 2:30.  We went out in a mist and drizzle.  By 3:00, no rain at all but on the foggy side.  Most people were gone and my friend and I had the soft snow to ourselves.  We skied into the lights.  By 5:00, could see the entire valley from the top.  Only stopped because her husband had opted to chill in the condo.

post #22 of 22

We were about an hour ahead of you. I got caught in a lesson without a shell, got really, really wet (nice tip though). I was outta there by 1:00. It was still raining when I woke up from my after lunch nap :D .

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