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What is consider a windy day? 10mph?

post #1 of 38
Thread Starter 
guys whats consider too windy for a nice day of skiing on an average eastern type ski resort? I know 15mph is very windy but is that too much to ruin the fun?..............resorts at PA usually close of the top lifts when it go over double digits any idea?
post #2 of 38
How about at a western resort? Today at Grand Targhee, sustained winds were at 33 mph, with gusts to 58 mph out of the SE. And yes, DC kept running and people were skiing.

HB
post #3 of 38
I have spoken to Patrol Personnel at Snowbasin and they said that the wind gust speed has to reach something like 70mph befor they will shut down the Strawberry Gondola. Sounds pretty hairy!
post #4 of 38
Thread Starter 
i'm talking about eastern guys
post #5 of 38
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Originally Posted by ctown
guys whats consider too windy for a nice day of skiing on an average eastern type ski resort? I know 15mph is very windy but is that too much to ruin the fun?..............resorts at PA usually close of the top lifts when it go over double digits any idea?
It just depends on how much you like to ski. Personally I have never had the wind spoil my fun. If you set around and wait for the perfect day to ski your not going very often. Do you want to fly like the wind on a set of planks or do you want to set around and talk about the weather? A 15 mph wind is really only a breeze. :
post #6 of 38

sorry, you have to go & find out

Hit the slopes. If it's too windy for you, then you'll know what you don't like for next time. If you're asking about deciding whether to go based on reports, then go whenever you have time. Life is short.
post #7 of 38

Double that maybe

15 is not windy at all. Closing lifts when it gets in the double digits? I don't think the guy telling you that was right. 10 mph winds are a light breeze.
post #8 of 38
30 mph is a windy day. 70 mph is too windy to go skiing, not because of the wind, but because you might be hit by something flying in the wind.
post #9 of 38
Isn't 70 mph close to mild hurricane ranges? In 3 years in the East, I've never seen it over 50, and then only in gusts.

Screw the wind unless it's snowing too. Can't see in a whiteout. OR unless it blows you uphill!!
post #10 of 38
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Originally Posted by ctown
resorts at PA usually close of the top lifts when it go over double digits any idea?
That statement is untrue. Who told you that?
post #11 of 38
70 mph is Tropical Storm level. Here are the hurricane categories (just in case any of you come to visit me during cane season here)

Category 1 74-95
Category 2 96-110
Category 3 111-130
Category 4 131-155
Category 5 155+

Here it is windy starting at a Category 2 (and I’m in the East).
post #12 of 38
Yes i agree 10-15 mph is not a problem at all 25-30 is edgy

I find that with good technical gear , a full helmet with full face balaclava and goggles enabled me to ski at Tremblant in a -75 degree windchill . Wopuld i reccommnend it -no but hosestly it was one of the finest days i've had because thhe ski was blubird , the lines were PRIMO and man it was like a private club for the guys in my group .

I totally agree with Bonni unless it's blowing snow up the MTN in a fierce whiteout -i'll ski if im there .IF you wait for Perfection you'll ski a limited number of days
post #13 of 38
geez guys. I grew up in wyoming, and if the wind was 10 mph, we thought it was calm. I can still remember one day in college seeing the flag limp against the flagpole and thinking "I don't think I ever have seen that before."

A gentle breeze (<40mph) is just part of being outdoors.

Mike
post #14 of 38
"Resorts in PA close top lifts"

That would be almost all lifts.

How many "top lifts" do you think there are in PA ????????????????
post #15 of 38
It depends on whether I'm skiing or flyfishing.

Fishing - greater than 12mph is a pain in the patootie.

Skiing - whatever speed is too high to run the lifts is a pain in the patootie.

It's been so windy this winter at JH that there are MANY big spruce trees blown down all over the mountain. One even hit the gondola cable overnight earlier this season and closed the gondola for several hours while they removed the tree and retested all the equipment.

It's windy right now as I'm leaving for the ski area. The forecast is for winds averaging 20-30mph with gusts to 45 today. That's pretty much an average day this winter.

We can blame it all on global warming, I'm certain.
post #16 of 38
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Originally Posted by Warp daddy
Wopuld i reccommnend it -no but hosestly it was one of the finest days i've had because thhe ski was blubird
vlad, is that you ?
post #17 of 38
UL : Yep sometimes the mind works faster than the fingers eh ??
post #18 of 38
At Jay Peak, to close the upper lifts winds have to go over 65-70 mph. And yes, I have ridden up when it felt really hairy and shortly after I got off, they closed it!

Different resorts have different max winds, based on type of chair, exposure, etc., but most resorts in VT don't close chairs till winds hit about that.

When it's really windy, stay in the shelter of the trees.

Bonni, you want to see winds over 50 mph, go to Jay, Whiteface or Tremblant. : It's not "all the time," of course, but when the winds hit that hard, it's darn freaky. My husband has a good story about patrolling at Jay when the winds were more than 70 mph and nothing but the T-bars were open...

Thatsagirl
post #19 of 38
hey thatsagirl, last sunday afternoon at jay around 3:00pm, my nephew and i were traversing under the tram to ski the face chutes. it was so windy he was grasping those small trees for dear life as we inched our way to the chutes....it had to be at least -30f with the wind chill, and very gusty..i was freezing but the sight of him hanging onto those trees was so funny....
post #20 of 38
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Originally Posted by uniontire
hey thatsagirl, last sunday afternoon at jay around 3:00pm, my nephew and i were traversing under the tram to ski the face chutes. it was so windy he was grasping those small trees for dear life as we inched our way to the chutes....it had to be at least -30f with the wind chill, and very gusty..i was freezing but the sight of him hanging onto those trees was so funny....
Ah, yes, those lovely little trees to hang onto! I think they are there expressly for when that wind is howling! We sure are sorry to have missed that weather...we were in Crested Butte getting a suntan.

Thatsagirl
post #21 of 38
The sorts of conditions that stop me are "land gale" predictions...

I know I have still skied when it was gusting 130kph...
post #22 of 38
Thread Starter 
Well this is what they saying with only 13mph wind today

"HIGH WINDS MAY EFFECT UPPER MOUNTAIN LIFT OPERATIONS TODAY! "

what!?
post #23 of 38
Quote:
Originally Posted by ctown
Well this is what they saying with only 13mph wind today

"HIGH WINDS MAY EFFECT UPPER MOUNTAIN LIFT OPERATIONS TODAY! "

what!?
What resort are you talking about, anyway? Just curious.

Thatsagirl
post #24 of 38
The only time wind affects my skiing is when they shut down the frigging lifts... we were at Butternut Basin in MA and they shut down the lift due to high winds when we were on it and we had to sit there while they rigged up this rope contraption for each and every person on the chair lift to climb down. All in all, we sat on the lift for about 40 minutes not moving while they came to get us down. Tix refunded, but still- wasted, sucky day!
post #25 of 38
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Originally Posted by TacomaLuv
The only time wind affects my skiing is when they shut down the frigging lifts... we were at Butternut Basin in MA and they shut down the lift due to high winds when we were on it and we had to sit there while they rigged up this rope contraption for each and every person on the chair lift to climb down. All in all, we sat on the lift for about 40 minutes not moving while they came to get us down. Tix refunded, but still- wasted, sucky day!
thats why I don't go skiing if they forecast land gales.... I don't mind skiing when it is windy enough for a free facial resurfacing from the windblown bits.... but sitting on shut lifts is too much hassle!

The 130kph gusts I would normally have not skied... but left from down the valley rather than resort and missed the updated forecast... the lift closed immediately after we left it.... the last ride we took the chairs were hitting the tower ahead of us while we were stopped.... that decided us on retreat.... turns out we were wise! Stopped with people stuck just after we left it....
post #26 of 38
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Thatsagirl
What resort are you talking about, anyway? Just curious.

Thatsagirl
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post #27 of 38
Quote:
Originally Posted by ctown
Well this is what they saying with only 13mph wind today

"HIGH WINDS MAY EFFECT UPPER MOUNTAIN LIFT OPERATIONS TODAY! "

what!?
If you add "Possible" to the front of that I think thats what they mean. In other words, don't blame us for the weather forcast.
post #28 of 38
They have recorded winds over 125 mph at the top of Snowbird. Nobody was skiing that day. I'm not sure what the wind speed makes lift operations to hazardous, I was skiing one afternoon when the winds got so strong two lifties had to pull you off the chair. It was soon after that, that they closed the mountain.
post #29 of 38
This past January, my Wife and I were forced to ski to the Snow Park Lodge @ Deer Valley cause the Deer Crest lift and Jordanelle Express Gondola were closed. The winds were 50+mph and the chairs were banging the posts!
We headed home from across the resort after skiing Empire and found the trails closed heading back to Deer Crest.:
We were shuttled home by the ever courteous DV staff.
post #30 of 38
Ive skied some windy days at Cannon and Wildcat, but Jay Peak on Saturday was probably the windiest Ive ever skied in. Hurrican Bob in 1991 seemingly paled in comparison to the wind half way up the summit at Jay. Im not saying they had 120 mph winds, but it sure felt pretty bad. Tram and Flyer were both closed, and it was tough to just get down the mountain as the wind was blowing people up the mountain. The snow was totally blown off in many places leaving just a skating rink. Just a guess- had to be 75 mph winds. Almost blew me off the mountain. Rumor had it they closed the lifts at Stowe on Friday too.
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