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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 

Hey, we're a high school engineering group who is doing some research as a capstone course project on possibly improving the elements and methods of night skiing. As part of our research we need some feedback from you guys, so if you could please click the link below and fill out our quick survey we'd love it! Thanks a lot guys!

 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WL6LY9W

post #2 of 22

Great topic, Just completed the survey. My biggest concern with night skiing is colder temperatures, Ice, and lack of vision. 

post #3 of 22

It's interesting that in your survey you seem to make the assumption that night skiing can be more dangerous than daytime skiing.  That is exactly opposite of my experience.  Visibility at night is often better than daytime. There is no flat light even on a foggy night and the crowds tend to be small.  While I don't night ski any more because of logistical concerns, I always felt that it was superior to day skiing in nearly every way (snow, visibility, crowds), as long as I stuck to the lighted areas.

post #4 of 22
Thread Starter 

Thank you so much! We appreciate your feedback and hope you have a good rest of the season! 

post #5 of 22
Thread Starter 

That's what our survey is targeting, a safer way to ski during the night regardless of whether or not the mountain you ski or snowboard at offers that service. We are attempting to find a solution to that problem for the sake of the resort being capable of supporting longer hours, and you being able to enjoy more time on the slopes. We appreciate the comment though! 

post #6 of 22

Lets keep all the information to this one thread in Resorts. I have deleted your other threads. 

[mod note - moved to general skiing and survey is approved]

post #7 of 22


Can I suggest that you add a choice to question 6? Night skiing is a non consideration for me, it is a novelty only. The "Most Likely" choice doesn't represent my feeling. "Absolutely, without question" would be appropriate.

post #8 of 22

survey done

 

I night ski at least once a week , work doesn't allow me to get out and chase the big dumps too often so i have to get my time in on the mountain while i can .

 

Night skiing at Brighton was the determining factor of why i chose the Big Cottonwood season pass over all other options in the SLC area

 

it also doesnt hurt that the Cottonwood canyons receive way more snow than the rest of the choices around........IE Park city

post #9 of 22
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Originally Posted by Posaune View Post
 

It's interesting that in your survey you seem to make the assumption that night skiing can be more dangerous than daytime skiing.  That is exactly opposite of my experience.  Visibility at night is often better than daytime. There is no flat light even on a foggy night and the crowds tend to be small.  While I don't night ski any more because of logistical concerns, I always felt that it was superior to day skiing in nearly every way (snow, visibility, crowds), as long as I stuck to the lighted areas.

 

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Originally Posted by CarrollCo View Post
 

That's what our survey is targeting, a safer way to ski during the night regardless of whether or not the mountain you ski or snowboard at offers that service. We are attempting to find a solution to that problem for the sake of the resort being capable of supporting longer hours, and you being able to enjoy more time on the slopes. We appreciate the comment though! 

 

Agree with Posaune.  I raced on a hill for 5 years on Wednesday nights.  The traffic went down compared to the day, so collisions with other skiers went down.  They had traffic patrol out at all the "slow" signs, with blinking red lights on their helmets, to warn fast skiers to slow down.  Those guys would pull passes on skiers skiing out of control and too fast.  The mountain did not do this during the day, so out of control skiers were rampant sometimes before night came on.  The big lights went on at 6:00, so the bumps and lumps in the snow showed up better than during the day, even when it was snowing out.  So no vision issues, compared to flat light issues sometimes during the days.  Night skiing was not less safe.  If that's where you are starting, that safety needs to be stronger to attract skiers to night skiing, you're dead in the water from the start.

 

If the ski areas could warm up the air at night out there, now that would be nice.

 

My ski area made the racers happy at night by having raffles whose winners were announced in the restaurant at the main lodge.  People retired to the restaurant after skiing, ordered a late dinner with beer ($$), and awaited the very late night announcements (9:30-10:00pm) of who won in the races and in the raffle.  It was a great social time together.  So the races and the restaurant brought in people.  That ski area is pulling lots of money for that very reason.

post #10 of 22

Toughest part for me in night skiing is being dead tired and driving home 2 hours in the dark..  :(  Tres dangereux...

post #11 of 22

Night skiing rocks.  There is never flat light when night skiing.  The lines are usually shorter at the larger, more remote resorts at night.  Resorts near a major city can be more crowded at night though. 

post #12 of 22
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post
 

Night skiing rocks.  There is never flat light when night skiing.  The lines are usually shorter at the larger, more remote resorts at night.  Resorts near a major city can be more crowded at night though. 

Absolutely true. Late afternoon daylight can be dangerously flat. I often take a break, grab some food and go back on the hill when the lights come on.

post #13 of 22
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Originally Posted by slipshod View Post
 

Absolutely true. Late afternoon daylight can be dangerously flat. I often take a break, grab some food and go back on the hill when the lights come on.

Late afternoon is also when all the one day wonders are pushing themselves the hardest to get that "one more really fast run" after their legs are rubber... then they hit the rollers they don't see due to the flat light.  This mix of flat light and tired legs causes a lot of carnage at most resorts between 4 and 6 pm. 

post #14 of 22
Didn't night ski much this year but I can attest night skiing crowds are way down. Some runs aren't always as well lit and the snow can get harder. We will ski an afternoon till close on a weekend to avoid the crowds during the day.
post #15 of 22

In the midwest night skiing is as normal as day skiing.  Most school program kids will cut their teeth skiing at night.  I've been skiing for 32 years and more that 1/2 of that is spent skiing at night.  My preference is night skiing for many of the reasons already stated, much better terrain visibility, lower crowds and often better snow.  Nights bring temperature drops and I prefer the temperatures to be in the mid teens for the best skiing here in Michigan.

post #16 of 22
I haven't night skied in ten years, due to too many drunk idiots compressed onto too little terrain.
post #17 of 22

I used to do a lot of night skiing in high school. Enjoyed it midweek. Dad was on ski patrol and we didn't like the Thursday/Friday/Saturday night crowds when the partying and drinking got a little too much on the slopes. Note that this was in the 80s, so I don't know how if it would be tolerated nowadays.

post #18 of 22

Night skiing is great, and the lighting at most places is better than the flat light on dreary overcast days.  I would do it more than I do, but its the logistics.  I attempt to go night skiing one night a week if it makes sense, but sometimes the logistics of going after work, skiing, then getting back home make it difficult.  On the weekends, I'm a first chair in the morning type of person, so I'm done by the time night skiing rolls around and by then its beer o'clock and time to have a good dinner, then promptly fall asleep by 10pm.   I sleep like a champ on days after skiing.

post #19 of 22
Define night skiing. Is it after 4pm? The reason I ask is when I started skiing it was 0800 hrs and dark outside and it stayed dark all day long. :-0
post #20 of 22
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Originally Posted by CarrollCo View Post
 

That's what our survey is targeting, a safer way to ski during the night regardless of whether or not the mountain you ski or snowboard at offers that service. We are attempting to find a solution to that problem for the sake of the resort being capable of supporting longer hours, and you being able to enjoy more time on the slopes. We appreciate the comment though! 

 

Agree with others that there really isn't a "problem" per se when it comes to safety of night skiing in need of a "solution".

 

The cold, that's a different story. Also the lack of terrain (most mountain only have a few trails open).

post #21 of 22

in Vancouver our average winter temp isn't below freezing, colder evenings and being 5000 feet higher usually is better for snow conditions. The lighting is often better for visibility than in day time. Views over the city are spectacular.  Biggest negative is that all three local hills are busy at night because they are immediately adjacent the city. They are also the place where most new skiers start.

 

Combined that is a much bigger hazard than any conditions you encounter.

 

Have also night skied at a few Okanogan and Rocky Mountain areas, fewer crowds, colder but there it's been more of a couple of run novelty and never has impacted my decision to visit an area or not. 

post #22 of 22

When I started skiing in the early '80's it was mostly at night. Bristol had a night pass that was around $69.00, so a bunch of us guys would ski, toke up on the slow chairs and get beers at the bar when the mountain closed. These days, my night skiing is pretty much Wednesday nite beer league with an occasional Monday night race training thrown in. A nice 25-30 degree night with no wind can be wonderful!

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