Is anyone else at all concerned about the temps expected across most of New England this weekend?
It looks like Saturday and Sunday will see temperatures at most mountains as low as -15 and not much higher than 10 degrees.
The Midwest and East Coast resorts cannot catch a break this season. They are getting hit bad on most of their "big-money" weeks.
First the warmth and lack of natural snow during the Christmas holiday period, and not an arctic chill during Presidents Weekend.
Granted, they hope that everyone still buys tickets but spends more time warming-up in the lodge and buying food and beverage.
I saw the forecast last week and decided the wife and I swap weekends and went last weekend when the temps were more temperate. I will ski in any temps or conditions. The wife is a no-go if the temps are in the single digits.
I'm scheduled to teach both days. Saturday I'm on Privates, so don't expect much action and will be fine skiing in the cold. Hand warmers, foot warmers, breaks.
Sunday however I have a group of 7-12 year old girls and I wonder if their parents will just not bring them, or even if the mountain will cancel this week's session. In any case they are going to not be anywhere near as prepared for this weather as I am and it could be a pretty unpleasant experience for them.
Tuesday it might rain!?!
Wicked nippy at my home hill this weekend:
.SATURDAY...SNOW LIKELY. LIGHT SNOW ACCUMULATION POSSIBLE. HIGHS AROUND 9 ABOVE. TEMPERATURES FALLING TO AROUND 1 ABOVE IN THE AFTERNOON. NORTHWEST WINDS 10 TO 15 MPH. CHANCE OF SNOW 70 PERCENT. WIND CHILL VALUES AS LOW AS 23 BELOW. .SATURDAY NIGHT...MOSTLY CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF SNOW IN THE EVENING. COLDER WITH LOWS 11 BELOW TO 17 BELOW ZERO. NORTHWEST WINDS 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH. CHANCE OF SNOW 50 PERCENT. WIND CHILL VALUES AS LOW AS 39 BELOW. .SUNDAY...PARTLY SUNNY. HIGHS 5 BELOW TO ZERO. WIND CHILL VALUES AS LOW AS 40 BELOW. .SUNDAY NIGHT...MOSTLY CLEAR. COLD WITH LOWS AROUND 10 BELOW.
Ski the bottom half of the mountain, avoid going all the way to the top if you can. Stick to trails with trees blocking the wind where possible.
Make sure your socks are dry at the start of the day. Consider changing them mid day
Take lots of breaks.
If you get really cold but are far from the lodge, you can warm up by sidestepping or fishboning uphill some.. Just be sure you are off to the side of the trail and not in zee middle. I used to do this with kids when teaching a lesson on a very cold day to warm them back up.