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Skiing in Rain

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

What are you guys wearing for a shell when skiing rain?  My gortex jacket does fine but my Event pants suck.  Same with my wife's gortex pants, they suck.  I wash them, I coat them... they just can't hang in there in real rain.  It seems that when we sit on a chairlift, the pressure from our butts force the water through, same issue around knees and thighs.  I was thinking that a relatively inexpensive non-breathable rain pant is probably the only solution.  Maybe Columbia Rebel rain pants or even go the pvc route.  Thoughts?  

 

Pete

post #2 of 15

Paclite top and Arcteryx bottoms, no problems so far.    Other than, you know, skiing in rain.

 

 

I am not even remotely surprised that your Event pants sogged through.

 

Do you have any of the Hot Bunz style buttwarmers?

post #3 of 15

Why don't they make ski pants with rubber butts like some snowboard pants?  The whole thing doesn't have to be waterproofed like that, just the butt.  The rest can be Gore-Tex or whatever.  Sitting on a wet chair and getting a wet butt/crotch is one of the real downers of skiing.

post #4 of 15
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Originally Posted by cantunamunch View Post
 

Paclite top and Arcteryx bottoms, no problems so far.    Other than, you know, skiing in rain.

 

 

I am not even remotely surprised that your Event pants sogged through.

 

Do you have any of the Hot Bunz style buttwarmers?

I have the older version of these.  They stay in my Transpack.  Not only good for when it's rainy, helpful when snowmaking guns have coated the chairs with snow or it's snowing hard enough to stick on the seats.

 

http://www.powdercordpouch.com/product-p/hotbuns.htm

 

post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thx for the hot buns tip guys.  I have to check it out.  

 

I usually resist skiing in all out rain, but I have to admit the snow and lack of people was great.  Just have to ski a lot slower because I couldn't see squat.  I actually used tele gear because I am not very good at it and it slows me down.  

post #6 of 15

Here is a fine collection of skiing rain wear. 

Some folks go for clear, some for basic black, and I'm not sure what the hell the guy foreground left is wearing.

post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by oldgoat View Post
 

Here is a fine collection of skiing rain wear. 

Some folks go for clear, some for basic black, and I'm not sure what the hell the guy foreground left is wearing.

 

I believe that's the "I hate the Pineapple Express" garbage bag rain coat.

post #8 of 15

Thighs get soak through because they take a direct hit from falling rain when sitting on the chair.  Butts get wet from sitting on wet chairs, which also happens when it is snowing because it melts under you.  Some pants have two layers of shell with fiber in the middle. Unfortunately that is not a good choice when it is warm enough for actual rain to be in the forecast/sky.  You can go with something rigged from plastic that will tear up or pay fifty bucks for something more durable and hope to have it handy when you need it.  Rubber Bermuda breezers would give you the best of both worlds, keep the butt dry and also long enough in the front to deflect the rain off the thighs..

post #9 of 15

... and gloves just get soaked through ('til you can squeeze water out of them) no matter how 'waterproof' the manufacturer claims they may be.  On the wet days I've seen our instructors drag out a pair of full-rubber gardening gloves.

post #10 of 15

What about the good side of skiing when it rains?  Often the snow is really nice and the crowds are nonexistent.  If it's not raining too hard and you have decent clothing you can get some great turns in.

 

That being said, I don't head up to the mountain on rainy days (like yesterday and today) because I don't know what I'll get, so rain skiing is the exception.  I'll head up tomorrow when the snow level lowers.

post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by Posaune View Post
 

What about the good side of skiing when it rains?  Often the snow is really nice and the crowds are nonexistent.  If it's not raining too hard and you have decent clothing you can get some great turns in.

 

The good side of skiing when it rains is...well...skiing. :D

post #12 of 15

Agreed, I don't go out of my way to ski in the rain.  But, when at the resort and that 40%-50% chance of rain turns in to... rain we will still usually ski for an hour or two before calling it a day if it shows no signs of letting up.

post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post
 

Agreed, I don't go out of my way to ski in the rain.  But, when at the resort and that 40%-50% chance of rain turns in to... rain we will still usually ski for an hour or two before calling it a day if it shows no signs of letting up.

 

This is about the only way I would.   I've only skied in the rain once or twice, and only due to it unexpectedly happening while I was there.   If I was out west and it rained I would still ski, due to the costs already spent on that day.

post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 

I have the older version of these.  They stay in my Transpack.  Not only good for when it's rainy, helpful when snowmaking guns have coated the chairs with snow or it's snowing hard enough to stick on the seats.

 

http://www.powdercordpouch.com/product-p/hotbuns.htm

 

 

 

I wonder if spanx under the ski pants would help keep butt and thighs dry?  I guess that doesn't help for the unexpected showers though,but it might be worth putting a  pair on the boot bag with spare goggles and stuff line that.

post #15 of 15
They would help you look hot in the lift line at least!
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