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post #151 of 182

-35C (-45C with windchill) Fernie, Early Jan 2004. Managed one short run. Daft cold. I think a few days later it was like 5C and melting snow. 

post #152 of 182
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Originally Posted by Jamesj View Post

...Out there the temps are so much easier to take. 25 degs out west feels like 40 back east...

 

I'll echo that. My two coldest ski days were:

 

1) Last season at Aspen mountain when the thermometer at the top read about -10 (high temp in town that day was in the high teens)

2) This year at Okemo when the car thermometer read -7 in the parking lot (high for the day was single digits)

 

#2 definitely felt colder to my skin. And luckily, I decided to wear an extra layer under my normal ski clothes at Okemo, compared to Aspen. 

post #153 of 182

Two days really stand out to me. Dec. 22, 1989 was the Record Lowest High Temp in St. Louis history at -6 for the high! Minus 18 at the start of the day! I skied at Hidden Valley in Wildwood, Mo. that day with a VERY few other hardy souls on a very windy day. The wind chill hovered around -40 for much of the day. Another brutal day at Ski Cascade near Portage, Wi. was very similar with morning temps of -25. Only about 6 other idiots besides me is all I saw all day. Very surprised they stayed open!

post #154 of 182
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Originally Posted by Peter5 View Post
 

Like Bob Peters said - and that was before underarmour.   

 

A sweater might be overkill however I have used a rabbit fur sweater which can get a bit sweaty.

 

 I use 15 year old original (spandex and wool) duofold so I can't peronally attest to the underarmour 2.0, although my kids wear something like that and if it's underarmour's 2.0 version it must be revolutionary.    They have basically reivented sportswear.  I have to say the t shirts are very supple and worth the extra $10 at TJ max.  Five 2.0 t shirts might be good down to 9 degrees and if not the soft cotton would make hypothermia that much more tolerable.


I don't know about the UnderArmour being revolutionary.  I know though its very effective enough that you might want to ask a pro about using that or maybe on this forum somewhere.  I had the 2.0 on under a Columbia trip-climate and it was 19 F with a constant 20-gusting to 30 MPH and was fine.  Those UnderArmour never gets sweaty or at least not that I have seen.

post #155 of 182
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The coldest sustained weather I can remember was a few consecutive weeks two winters ago. IIRC, the coldest single temp when I was out skiing was about -30 and very windy, but it stayed in that range for a very long time. It was great for me. I was enrolled in a night lesson group, and it was so cold that often no one showed up but me -- private lessons for a very low group rate.

I'm heading out now, as soon as I layer up. It's about -5 American, but there's no wind, so it should be fine. The cold tends to thin out the crowds.


I already told people that I had talked to someone who loves to take private lessons when its real bad out because they are cheaper.  Maybe it was you.

post #156 of 182
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Long time eastern skier, but I've been doing the majority of my ski days in the west the last few years. Out there the temps are so much easier to take. 25 degs out west feels like 40 back east. My problem is always trying to force myself to dress lighter. However, I skied in WV yesterday 8Jan17 and it was the coldest ski day for me that I can remember in the last few days. Air temps started close to zero and stayed in the low single digits all day. Stiff wind and blowing snow from snow guns really made it fun. At one point I had on (including ski jacket and ski bib pants) six layers upper body, four layers lower body. I felt like a professional shoplifter at TJ Maxx. Taking a leak was like a treasure hunt:-) Coldest experience ever was at Killington in Feb, 1979. Air temp in Rutland that morning was -37. Later on the slopes it warmed up to -17, but no wind made it better than yesterday in WV.


Were you at Snowshoe-It can get surprisingly cold there fast.  Like when its not so cold but then at noon the air turns purple and the snow starts getting heavy and the temps head south fast.

post #157 of 182

My coldest ever ski experience was one day many years ago when it was so cold that I practically skied right over two downed and possibly injured skiers without even slowing down in a hurry to get to the lodge to warm up. If I’m cold, don’t get in my way. I’m usually pretty cold.

post #158 of 182

Back in the early 80's when I was a kid my buddies and I skied at Gore in -40F with the wind chill. 

 

This past President's day weekend I skied at Sugarbush in -15F before wind chill.  I'm gonna guess it was -25F with wind chill maybe more.  Actually skied the whole day.  Basically had the upper mountain to myself.

post #159 of 182

Jiminy Peak in western MA.  Mid 80's.  Thermometer at base read -12, and it was windy.  A little less than halfway up main lift, we stop.  For over 10 minutes.  Apparently they stopped for a fallen skier and something froze.  Lift operator held a lighter against it to get it unstuck.  We did maybe 3 runs total (on an 1100 vert mountain).  When you're wearing all cotton and skiing in 1980's technology boots and clothing....that'd be like skiing -30 now.  

post #160 of 182

One time a couple of years ago my wife remarked that she was sore because she had landed on her butt when she fell earlier that day.    I commented that at least she fell where there was a lot of padding.   Man, the rest of that day was COLD!    I got frostbite sitting next to her on the chairlift that day.   I think the temp at the base was about 30 F that day.  But wherever I went that day it was like -100 F. . .  

post #161 of 182
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Jiminy Peak in western MA.  Mid 80's.  Thermometer at base read -12, and it was windy.  A little less than halfway up main lift, we stop.  For over 10 minutes.  Apparently they stopped for a fallen skier and something froze.  Lift operator held a lighter against it to get it unstuck.  We did maybe 3 runs total (on an 1100 vert mountain).  When you're wearing all cotton and skiing in 1980's technology boots and clothing....that'd be like skiing -30 now.  


Remember when he had those trusty CB gore tex and we thought those were the bomb.  I had a red/gray button up I loved.  I also had the blue pull over shell with the big front pocket.  Then we put the sweater under

post #162 of 182
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Remember when he had those trusty CB gore tex and we thought those were the bomb.  I had a red/gray button up I loved.  I also had the blue pull over shell with the big front pocket.  Then we put the sweater under


Plus, beanie hats with goggles.  We all overlook not just the safety, but the warmth today's helmets and masks provide.  I still have a similar jacket to that- almost fluorescent yellow.  Wore it shoveling snow a few years back, and wind whipped right through it (not to mention my wife and kids embarrassment).  

post #163 of 182
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Plus, beanie hats with goggles.  We all overlook not just the safety, but the warmth today's helmets and masks provide.  I still have a similar jacket to that- almost fluorescent yellow.  Wore it shoveling snow a few years back, and wind whipped right through it (not to mention my wife and kids embarrassment).  


Also we tried not to use the hats or gloves if possible.  Just wasn't cool.  I had the big careers goggles

post #164 of 182
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Also we tried not to use the hats or gloves if possible.  Just wasn't cool.  I had the big careers goggles


oops spell check-Carrera goggles

post #165 of 182
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 Wore it shoveling snow a few years back, and wind whipped right through it (not to mention my wife and kids embarrassment).  

 

You worked your ass off, but it grew back.  (More cushioning.)

post #166 of 182

I was under the impression that the northeast is a little colder but looking at Jan temps its all about the same except for Quebec.   We need some Alaskans to tell us about real cold.

post #167 of 182
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Also we tried not to use the hats or gloves if possible.  Just wasn't cool.  I had the big careers goggles


Completely forgot my goggle type, though I'd lose them once a year.  We also had a big theft issue on the east coast.  Someone would steal your poles, you'd steal someone else's, etc....

post #168 of 182
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I was under the impression that the northeast is a little colder but looking at Jan temps its all about the same except for Quebec.   We need some Alaskans to tell us about real cold.


IMO, temps are not equal.  5* in Tremblant has been much colder to me than 5* in CO.  Not sure if it's the dry air or what...but east coast cold it BITING, while west coast cold is easier to handle.  YMMV of course.  

post #169 of 182

Xmas week, 2008. -40C / -40F at Sunshine Village, followed by -26C at Lake Louise.

 

Runner-up, not for me but for the car: In 1978 I drove a Diesel Rabbit (what a complete POS that car was!!) from Stamford CT to Killington to day ski on Christmas day. To ski the top half of Cascade from the midway station; the only skiing open in new England, I believe. Full price lift ticket! Frigid icy yucky. 

 

At day's end, fuel in that Rabbit had turned to Jell-O. Car was towed to a service garage, warmed up so it would start, and I learned that Vermonters ran half & half with kerosene in winter.  I think they make much better diesel blends now, but in them days....

post #170 of 182

A couple of years ago, -32F temperature.  Have done this a number of times - several in near blizzard conditions with 30mph+ winds with -100F windchill in the '80s and '90s.  The Windchill calculations were changed so hard to get that low anymore with the new system.

 

Skied last weekend at -14F.

 

It's all doable, you just need to think it through, have the right clothing and equipment, wax right and it can be fun.

 

I have this theory - as soon as it hits -20F get out skiing.  After that, nothing seems cold for the rest of the season.  Changes your entire outlook on what cold is.

 

J.

post #171 of 182

When it's bitter cold, blowing and near zero visibility, the snow is the best and the crowds rest.  

post #172 of 182
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When it's bitter cold, blowing and near zero visibility, the snow is the best and the crowds rest.  


I want to do that someday

post #173 of 182

I grew up--and now once again live in--in Minneapolis. When I was probably 12-13 did a ski school thing where they'd pick us up on a bus and take us to different area every Saturday. I know we did a couple of -20F and maybe -30F days (I'm willing to bet they cancel now). We were supposed to do lessons in the a.m., then just ski with our friends the rest of the day. Once at a place here in Minnesota called Wild Mountain (mountain of course, being a very kind word), was the coldest. I don't remember hating the skiing part near as much as the lift part. Went out once this year when it was 13F, that was no problem. My kids feet got cold, but after a warm up, we were fine the rest of the afternoon/evening.

post #174 of 182

-27 F night skiing at Brighton, Utah as a teenager.  Every inch of ski, and eyes, covered.  Nasty night.

post #175 of 182

Coldest I've ever skied was -20F with a -40 windchill at Killington in February of 2015. Lift lines were short and lifts were bearable if you had the right gear but the skye peak gondola was shut down and the K1 gondola had a hour line. 

post #176 of 182

My coldest experience wasn't because of the air temperature per se.  It was due to being stuck on a notoriously cold lift for a long time and not being warmed up yet.  I was at Jay Peak in VT on the Green Mountain Freezer or Flyer or whatever it's called.  It was about 10F degrees out and I was on my first run.  The lift stopped right at the crest of the hill and I sat in a 40-50mph wind for about 15 minutes before it moved again, then stopped for another 5 min.  By the time I got off I could not feel my hands or feet and felt so stiff.  I skied my way down to into our condo and sat there for about an hour before I went back out again.  I got mild frost bite in my toes, and burn in my face and hands.  

 

Similar experience at Mount Snow VT.  Was -8 air temp, 20-30mph at base, 50-60mph at summit.  They closed the summit and most lifts.  Only 3 lifts running, lower half of the mountain.  First run, I got on a long slow triple with a friend and it took maybe 30 min to get to the top, stopping and starting 3-4 times for 5-8 minutes each time.  We were one of the few that made it up before they shut it down right after we got off.  My friend's eye had literally frozen shut and we skied into the lodge and barely made it out till 12.  

 

I took my then 5yo out in -7F air temp.  She had 4 layers on, full face mask and a gaiter on, chemical boot warmers on both inside and outside taped on, and hand warmers in her mittens.  She never complained of the cold but we would do 1, 20 min blue run, go inside, rinse and repeat about 5 times.  

 

Oh a few weeks ago at Killington, it was 48 degrees and raining in the morning, then dropped to 3 degrees by evening.  By 2pm, everyone had clothes that were saturated and frozen solid. 

 

the things we do for this sport :)  

post #177 of 182

-21 at WC not counting wind chill (February 2013).

post #178 of 182
-30 Celsius (-22F) in Stoneham plus wind chill. Full balaclava kind of skiing.

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post #179 of 182
Yesterday and today in Vail , Co. easily 20 below F wind chill .
-15 below F or so without wind chill that s morning
post #180 of 182

-22F ambient Sugarbush in the mid 80's...with cotton long johns. Those cotton waffle long johns sucked 

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