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Flat light suggestions

post #1 of 14
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So my new bindings worked...I ejected safely when it was required....
Let me put this into context....
Today was a typical new jersey 2004-5 winter day....RAINY! Up top, between lineups, a few instructors decided to take a run, fine. Conditions were pretty decent but it was foggy, about 20 off feet visibility in some places. Carving a wide turn on some relatively tame terrain, I notice that im getting shaken around quite a lot even though i can't really see any minor sources of undulation in the terrain (flat lights basically). I make a wide carve to the right of the trail and while transitioning to the opposite set of edges, I see a small kicker (put up by our friendly neighborhood snowboarders) that popped up in front of me from the terrain. Ok, so let me just weather it out (no pun intended) and absorb the terrain and take the small jump I say to myself, having skied the trail many a times and also twice earlier during the day.

Well, I get slightly airborne at which point i see that our one plank friends have in fact created a double kicker about 2 feet high with a hole about 3 feet deep and 4 feet wide that wasn't visible from uptrail because of the light. Well, I land on the second hump, get a little sideways, and don't fight the fall, and so I released.

Now, snowboarders aside, what's the best way to avoid/ anticipate such unexpected terrain changes visually, (yes i ski with my head up and look at where im going/ want to go). what's the best goggle color/ type that would have helped me visualize the terrain a whole lot better. I was sking goggles off due to raindrops that formed inside the lens plus they are amber, which made the snow even less feature-less in daylight.

post #2 of 14
Yellow lenses are the best for flat light.
post #3 of 14
The best is to get loose hips and use mostly retraction instead of extension as a method of absorbtion. Keep the speeds down as well.
post #4 of 14
Ya, keep it loose...that won't help when you unexpectedly hit a kicker but otherwise...alos keep more width in your stance, generally widen and relax everything.
post #5 of 14
Your goggle manufacturer probably has a flat light lenses.
post #6 of 14
I used to have pair of pink, almost purple lenses that were great for flat light until the frame exploded upon impact with the ground one day.
post #7 of 14
Either ski slow enough that you can see things before you are on them or be very cautious with a wide stance prepared to absorb whatever you can't see.

Flat light really frustrates me since it forces me to slow down, but I use it as an opportunity to work on short radius turns.
post #8 of 14
Ski cautiously near some contrasting objects like trail fences, signposts, sorrounding trees, a permanently set course.
Try to find out if there isn´t a lit slope with the lights on.

Sometimes it´s better to quit skiing and save energy for better days.
post #9 of 14
Originally Posted by makwendo99
what's the best goggle color/ type that would have helped me visualize the terrain a whole lot better.
I use Oakley A-frame with pink iridium lenses in east coast flat light conditions. I used them last night for night skiing where they performed extremely well for me. And that was with heavy snowfall too! They're expensive, but worth it.
post #10 of 14
Ski in the trees.---------Wigs
post #11 of 14
Originally Posted by Wigs
Ski in the trees.---------Wigs
post #12 of 14
The bar. Either Scotch (single malt) or a nice local brew.
post #13 of 14
I find the Scott Tint works well.
post #14 of 14
the best high-contrast, flat light condition colors seem to be rose or yellow, depending on your personal preference. the amount of ambient light is the kicker for me -- more ambient light, use rose... less ambient light, use yellow. basically I use rose unless I know it's going to be cloudy all day... then I use yellow.
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