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Best Night Skiing

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
Where is your favorite spot to Night Ski?

So far mine has been Keystone, Co... pretty sizeable amount of runs and a nice view back to the lake. It is a surreal experience to cruise down an almost empty run in a light snowfall, easily on my top 10 all time favorite moments.

How bout yours?
post #2 of 23
Keystone - I remember the lifties giving us hard looks as we rolled off of the so called "Ganjala" with our 223's.
post #3 of 23
Stevens Pass, WA. It offers the most extensive and diverse night skiing I have experienced. The entire front side of the mountain is lit with the exeptions of 7th Heaven and Double Diamond. While there is not much in the way of challenging runs with lights on them there are quite a few steep shots that can be found just outside the lit part and which have plenty of visibility if you let your eyes adjust.
post #4 of 23
Backcountry on Loveland Pass under a full moon.
post #5 of 23
This is going to be really DUMB, but what kinda goggles do you wear night skiing? Do you get a clear lens for your current goggles, or purchase a second pair?
post #6 of 23
Originally Posted by RotoFury
This is going to be really DUMB, but what kinda goggles do you wear night skiing? Do you get a clear lens for your current goggles, or purchase a second pair?
I use a pair with clear lenses for night skiing. You can get goggles with "changeable" lenses, and mine do, but I don't like screwing around with that process.
post #7 of 23
My favorite was truck skiing the old White Mountain Ski Resort (closed for many years now) in the middle of the night. I bet Loveland Pass beats it though
post #8 of 23
Has anyone tried the Scott "Night Amplifier" lenses then?
post #9 of 23
Beech Mountain, NC. Forget the rocks on the side of the runs that kills a person every two years, but at night fog rolls in and it gets to where you can't see three feet in front of you.
post #10 of 23
Bogus Basin right outside Boise, ID. It's a riot.

post #11 of 23
I've been teaching one night a week for the last seven years. For glasses, I like a really light lemon yellow. They really improve contrast. I have an hour drive home and even leave them on when I driving; listening the weekly bluegrass show on WICN keeps me awake on the ride home.

One tip I've found for night skiing at a local mountain near an urban area is one of the best time to beat the crowds is to night ski on holidays. MLK day, presidents week, etc. the families with kids come during the day and the place is pretty dead at night but the skiing can be great.
post #12 of 23
Milton Keynes.
post #13 of 23
Alpental is good at night.
post #14 of 23
Yes, Alpental.
post #15 of 23
Originally Posted by Bob Peters
Bogus Basin right outside Boise, ID. It's a riot.

That was going to be mine... Riding up the lifts as they go into utter darkness. The stars were so close...

Fell once. Ripped my face open on the ice chunks! : Got it wrapped and kept skiing... :
post #16 of 23
Moonlight cross country to the Hot Springs, Strawberry Park, Steamboat. Skinny dipping only. Unfortunately the road is now plowed, but in my youth it was great. LewBob
post #17 of 23
Cypress and Grouse outside Vancouver can be fun at night when not too crowded. The views are great. I can see their lights from Bellingham at night and on a clear day, the ski runs at Grouse. Can get to Cypress in about 1 1/2 hrs from here depending on the border crossing.
post #18 of 23
I loved skiing night races in Ohio when I was in high school. Those areas do more night business than day.

My Dad was a night skier ar Alta in 1945 (from my Navy skiers post):

Johnny Werme
Alta Lodge
Alta, Utah
Via Sandy, Utah

Postmarked February 28, 1945

Hi Again

Nothing is happening right now so maybe I'll try and get another installment written. Lets see where was I last time? Well first maybe I'll say something about moonlight skiing.

About three days after we arrived at Alta, the moon was full, and the necessary companion, a clear ski was ours. so on Monday night, Brownie and I went skiing up the valley. Up the valley was Eastward and almost dead ahead the moon came up over the mountains. The valley slopes upward toward the east and ends in a great bowl-like deal several miles from Alta and much beyond our energy, but about a half mile from the lodge there is another place called the rock shelter, or really the snow pine lodge. This place is built on the foundation of an older place which was taken out by a snow slide many years ago, More about the slides later. Well the rock shelter gains its name from the fact that it is built entirely of rock and steel, very rugged and even more so when compared to the all wood Alta Lodge. Well we climbed up to the Snow pine place and had a bull session there with the owner and his wife, and skied on their hill for a while and finally skied back to the lodge. It took about an hour or so and was well worth the effort. The moon seemed to turn the valley into a silver fairyland with little crystals of snow sparkling independently like diamonds in a bed of silver blackness. The air was very cold and clear, and the packed snow under the skis crunched something like the sand at Harvey Cedars. Well Brownie and I had pioneered and the next night there were quite a few who wandered out into the night and into an almost new world. The on the next night, the lodge took a hand in the night skiing and permitted and dinner on the top to the mountain and a little place very near the lift house. There was to be a slight charge of fifty cents for the lift and everyone who wanted to from the lodge could ride up and ski or ride down after dinner. Well we set out to get our money's worth out the half, and were the first to ride up a seven when the lift started. It wasn't very dark then and we could almost see, although there was no chance of getting any contrast. Therefore we could not tell where the bumps and little ruts or holes or anything like that were and it was a gamble just what was going to happen next. But we didn't go very fast and no one even fell let alone get hurt. Well we got three runs in before it was necessary to eat and felt well satisfied with ourselves. The meal was grand with baked potatoes, and rolls, and milk, and corn, and wonderful chops of some type. We ate and ate and then ate some more-ate until we were filled up and then sat around singing till the moon made up its mind to at least show itself. Then about ten the lift started up again to bring the less daring down the mountain. We naturally skied down, in what amounted to the perfect darkness, for the moon light didn't ever get to the trail where we descended. But we were not satisfied with only one run that night and managed to sneak in three, while everyone else who came down via skis were well finished off by one trip. In fact some of them were quite frightened, but not one of the brave fools from Cal Tech.
post #19 of 23
The most I ever laughed night skiing was at Maple Valley, VT.

There was a Thursday night race league there and we went skiing after our runs. We (four Instrs.) were hauling down one of the Intermediate runs when suddenly------NO LIGHTS !

I skidded to a stop (aka put it down motor cycle style) and it was dead quiet. I yelled "Everybody all right"----------the response from Gail B was "HOLY $**T", and then, two more sets of laughter.

About 5 minutes later the lights came on and we all got up and started skiing---------------VERY VERY SLOWLY----Then we all decided it was safer to just go drink beer.
post #20 of 23
I had a lights out experience once when I was on Ski Patrol. We were on sweep and had been delayed by a novice who was coming out of his bindings. Once we got going we were about 1/2 way down the lift on a back trail that didn't have lights and operating on bleed from the main runs when the lights all over the hill suddenly went out and stayed out. It was a snowy night with fog and the only light in the ski area came from the lights around the lodge which didn't give much illumination where we were. After a few minutes we could make out the trees at the edge of the trail and went very slowly down the rest of the way.

Apparently the lift operator in charge of the lights thought he got the signal to turn them out. Once they were out they had to cool down and then be turned back on. A twenty minute or more process (at least that's what they told us). Libation ensued upon our return to civilization.
post #21 of 23
There’s night skiing and there’s skiing at night. My buddies and I used to climb on full moon nights – even when it was cloudy there was always plenty of light to ski by. The best nights were the few where we got 2-3 foot of fresh in the clear moonlight … awesome!
post #22 of 23
Originally Posted by fiddler
Alpental is good at night.

Yes, Alpental is best in WA for nights.
post #23 of 23
I'll second Bogus Basin.

40 minutes from my doorstep to the top of Deer Point. The high speed quad and smaller lines pretty much assures I'll go home with plenty of vertical and sore legs. Lifts close at 10:00 p.m. Not a bad way to spend the evening.
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