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I love freezing rain.

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
There's nothing that keeps the tourists away from the hills like a good bout of freezing rain. There is also nothing quite like an abandoned double black diamond when you can see the ground through a couple of inches of ice for turning the old SGs loose.
post #2 of 22

freezing rain

i had one of my best days at roundtop in the freezing rain juts a wierd combo of my stupidity and lack of a crowd. except for the one level -2 who wanted a lesson which btw i taught
post #3 of 22
Yes. I love it too. Only problem is keeping the goggles scraped off. Usually use a credit card type thingy attached to a lanyard around my neck. I'd love to hear a better idea though.

I also love going into the lodge at lunch time, removing my ice encrusted Arcteryx jacket and snapping it like a wet towel sending large sheets of ice cascading across the floor in every conceivable direction much to the disbief of the huddled, shivering gapers and thusly stating "I am a man."
post #4 of 22

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Originally Posted by carvemeister View Post
Yes. I love it too. Only problem is keeping the goggles scraped off. Usually use a credit card type thingy attached to a lanyard around my neck. I'd love to hear a better idea though.

Ski-gee:
post #5 of 22
A couple years ago I went to Mt. Sunapee after a good freezing rain had turned everything into boilerplate. Absolutely nobody around. They had tried to groom stuff out, but even the groomer's tillers couldn't make a dent in this stuff. I guess my skis were tuned right that day, because it felt like my skis were glued to the snow. I really had a lot of fun that day! Granted, Sunapee isn't the steepest place around, but falling was not something I wanted to experience that day.

My one other day-after-a-freezing-rain experience was at Bretton Woods on New Years Day a couple years ago. I was standing at the start of the lift queue waiting for them to open when one of the patrollers came up to me and mentioned that it was "really icy". After about two turns I realized that he wasn't kidding. "Icy" didn't begin to describe the conditions. I slowly sideslipped my way down and headed for the lodge. After letting the sun beat on it for a while, I tried again. Conditiosn had marginally improved but were still dangerously icy, so I gave up and went home.
post #6 of 22
This is probably indicative of a downstemming tendency on my part, but soft, damp and sharp (Volant or Rossi, say) work really well for me on days like that.
post #7 of 22
I hate freezing rain. Period.

I don't believe many people can ski on solid ice. I know of a few who died when they hit solid ice on exposed terrain, so let's not glorify ice. If it is truly ice, it is next to impossible to ski on steep sustained terrain.
post #8 of 22
Us Easterners get this type of conditions a lot. Any skiing is better than no skiing:
http://www.dcski.com/articles/view_a...mode=headlines
What I don't mention in this piece is that I actually donned a large plastic garbage bag for part of the day...vestige from my ski survival tactics as a boy, but sure sign of gaperhood now. Oh well.
post #9 of 22
Obviously you don't work outside. Might be ok for skiing for the desperate but there is nothing worse to work in . If you have good weather protection it can be tolerable on skis. Working in construction in that kind of weather is nothing short of charactor building. I guess that explains me.
post #10 of 22
Yeah, GZ. I tolerated skiing in the rain a lot better before I started working outdoors. Now I get enough foul weather on the job. I don't need to be "enjoying" recreation in the rain.

This discussion of skiing in freezing rain on bulletproof ice hasn't exactly got me stoked for skiing. Go ahead and label me a fair weather skier, although I'll happily go out in a snowstorm .
post #11 of 22
I'll definitely ski on Ice but I don't relish in it. I'd take snow over ice any day.
post #12 of 22
Thread Starter 
A couple of times, I've slid into the parking lot just as the freezing rain stopped. I was greeted by abondoned wide open icy trails, and I could see where I was going. Great Stuff, provided your edges are sharp.
post #13 of 22
I especially like it when it freezes on contact with your goggles rendering any device used to dry / clean them useless. Lets see, what else is fun?: Oh yeah, that glaze on the chairlift that makes me feel so secure, the grease dripping off the pulleys. I really like walking indoors and letting the ice shell break on the floor and all the gapers who have been drinking beer or hot chocolate. Ha, little do they know what they've been missing.:

Ghost: my nominee for insane nut.
post #14 of 22
While I definately miss skiing on the ice (as crazy as it sounds), I don't really miss skiing in freezing rain and sleet. Afterall, if I wanted to feel like I was getting a tattoo on my face, I'd get a tattoo on my face. However, I do have to admit, I love skiing in a light rain, just enough to scare people off. It just opens up the mountain and I love how the added density of the snow offers a bit more resistance/rebound.

I think some of my most fun days on the snow its been pouring.
post #15 of 22
I don't really enjoy skiing in a freezing rain but I do enjoy skiing after a freezing rain very much.
post #16 of 22
C`mon Pierre--We had a super and miserable day a few years ago skiing together in the rain/cold/snow etc.......you kept on for the rest of the day--
you did get your day in--------
post #17 of 22
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I don't really enjoy skiing in a freezing rain but I do enjoy skiing after a freezing rain very much.
That's having the best of both worlds.
post #18 of 22
There is nothing better than when I am at stowe, and I am the only one riding the quad for three chairs, and I see the people in the Octagon staring at me. They really must think that I am crazy, but truly I am comfortable.
post #19 of 22
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There is nothing better than when I am at stowe, and I am the only one riding the quad for three chairs, and I see the people in the Octagon staring at me. They really must think that I am crazy, but truly I am comfortable.
I go sit in the car, turn the heat on and listen to the music play. I tend to whine too much on a good day.
post #20 of 22
We get our fair share of freezing rain here in the Mid Atlantic. I think I'll buy a pair of the neoprene bun warmers to help with the puddle in the chair lift that takes the fun out of the wet skiing. I see people weaing those and still skiing when I'm heading in.
post #21 of 22
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We get our fair share of freezing rain here in the Mid Atlantic. I think I'll buy a pair of the neoprene bun warmers to help with the puddle in the chair lift that takes the fun out of the wet skiing. I see people weaing those and still skiing when I'm heading in.
Prevents hemeroids!
post #22 of 22
I hope that wasn't a thread killer. I'm friggin bored, climbing the walls - it's too close and I want to ski. FKNA, I raked leaves today - I hate rakin leaves!
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