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Favorite weather for skiing

Poll Results: Favorite weather for skiing

 
  • 5% (6)
    Sunny, warm, spring snow
  • 32% (35)
    Sunny, cold, 4" of fresh
  • 17% (19)
    Partly cloudy, moderate, following a big storm
  • 30% (33)
    During a big storm, socked in, cold to moderate
  • 14% (16)
    Other (describe)
109 Total Votes  
post #1 of 81
Thread Starter 
Just for the heck of it, and because I love skiing in what most seem to regard as bad conditions (because they aren't out in them too).
post #2 of 81
Early morning, 5 mins - 4 hrs. after a 36+" dump of champagne fluff. I am lucky if this occurs 2x/yr.
post #3 of 81
Sunshine at around 15 degrees with light winds. Hate, 40knots of wind and pissy rain.
post #4 of 81
Moderate to heavy dump, under a 500ft ceiling, with no wind, at 10 degrees. Silence.:
post #5 of 81
Thread Starter 
You guys were sure quick on the trigger--I was working on the poll while you were posting.
post #6 of 81
As long as there´s lots of fluffy white stuff around, I´ll take any weather. Except maybe extrem cold. I tried that and got my face frostbitten, so now it hurts if it´s too cold...:-(

Having said that, If there is no treeskiing to be found, flat light takes the fun out of it.
post #7 of 81
I didn't put surface conditions; Sunny 15 degrees no wind and solid unadultered ungroomed ice.
post #8 of 81
I make it a point to ski only on days when it's Sunny/Cloudy/Snowy and Warm/Cold AND on only on days that end with "y."
post #9 of 81
Thread Starter 
All days are good, Lenny, but some days are just supremely satisfying. I'm talking about the kind of weather that has you saying to your chairmate, "Dang but I love days like this!"
post #10 of 81
Quote:
Originally Posted by nolo
All days are good, Lenny, but some days are just supremely satisfying. I'm talking about the kind of weather that has you saying to your chairmate, "Dang but I love days like this!"
I most like it when I'm nearly buried in snow by the time I get to the top of the lift, and it leaves a pile the size of an elephant poop when I stand up.
post #11 of 81
This "big storm", I took that to mean one which closed all the roads into the ski area, and left the whole mountain with between 6" and 60" of fresh stuff.
post #12 of 81
I would have voted for the big storm, but "socked in" sounds like fog, so I voted "other" after I'd already written my description. So I suppose what I'm trying to say is, the poll is flawed!!!:
post #13 of 81
Thread Starter 
Socked in means a low ceiling, yes, meaning we're skiing in the clouds and it's hurling snowflakes, eh Fox?
post #14 of 81
Quote:
Originally Posted by nolo
Socked in means a low ceiling, yes, meaning we're skiing in the clouds and it's hurling snowflakes, eh Fox?
Well I'm all about the heavy snowfall, as long as it's not white out conditions. I prefer no wind though, something about the snow falling straight down really makes me feel at peace.
post #15 of 81
i like it below zero alot below zero...turn up boot heaters and ski till numb...then go into lodge and listen to all the wusses crying about loss of feeling in feet and hands..also would be nice if it snowed the day before and perfect corduroy
post #16 of 81
Quote:
Originally Posted by nolo
Socked in means a low ceiling, yes, meaning we're skiing in the clouds and it's hurling snowflakes, eh Fox?
Yup, skiing in the clouds, unable to see in front of you.
post #17 of 81
Bluebird, 30 degrees, morning after the dump when Road to Provo opens.
post #18 of 81
Quote:
Originally Posted by nolo
All days are good, Lenny, but some days are just supremely satisfying. I'm talking about the kind of weather that has you saying to your chairmate, "Dang but I love days like this!"
Yea, but, I'm just as passionate about my skiing at 52 as I was at 26.
post #19 of 81
I prefer to ski when it's puking snow, almost whiteout.
post #20 of 81
Other: all of the above, as long as I can ski.
post #21 of 81
Thread Starter 
Can you imagine what life would be like without skiing to look forward to when the leaves turn and the days get shorter? No fantasies makes a dull day.
post #22 of 81
5" isn't enough new snow. I prefer sunny, cold and a minimum of 12" of new. However I'll be happy with cold and 12" of new with whatever weather.
post #23 of 81
Am I really the only one who prefers warm spring days? I think I do about 1/2 of my skiing after March.
post #24 of 81
Quote:
Originally Posted by volantaddict
Moderate to heavy dump, under a 500ft ceiling, with no wind, at 10 degrees. Silence.:
What he said.
post #25 of 81
You missed a "2" in there. You only had 4" of snow and I think you meant 24".
post #26 of 81
I honestly love the bitterly cold days. i.e., those days where the thermometer never goes above 0 degrees faherenheit. There is absolutely nobody on the mountain, no lift lines, the snow holds an edge beautifully -- you can just rip all day long.

The warm spring days here in New England bring out all the yahoo's. You spend way too much time dodging people.
post #27 of 81
I'm with Kevin; I like cold days. Cold (between 0 and -15), snowing, and windy. For some reason, I'm grinning like a kid in a candy store on days like that. Part of it is liking the fact that the hills aren't as crowded as they normally would be, part of it is knowing that conditions are actually improving with every turn I make, but mostly it's just enjoying the presence of Mother Nature. Skiing is a winter sport,and the more winter-like it is, the more I enjoy it.
post #28 of 81
partly cloudy, moderate, following a big storm.

I like to see. I like it dry. I like milk.
post #29 of 81
What a silly question. The best days are waist deep champagne with bluebird skies. It is best when the snow falls at 20ish degrees with low humidity, and there is a deep deep base of soft, but stable snow underneath. Every turn blows snow over your head, andyou're forced to breathe in the rythym of your turns. The sun is bright enough to see the nuances of terrain. The snow is deep enough that every huck explodes into a white cloud of ecstasy.
post #30 of 81
Quote:
Originally Posted by Harry_Morgan
What a silly question. The best days are waist deep champagne with bluebird skies. It is best when the snow falls at 20ish degrees with low humidity, and there is a deep deep base of soft, but stable snow underneath. Every turn blows snow over your head, andyou're forced to breathe in the rythym of your turns. The sun is bright enough to see the nuances of terrain. The snow is deep enough that every huck explodes into a white cloud of ecstasy.
To paraphrase Meg Ryan, "I'll have what Harry's having."
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