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How's this for cold

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Yesterday at Okemo, I got on the B lift at 7:45AM skied bumps and trees to stay warm until about 10AM went inside to warm up. When I took off my coat it had frost in the inside and my fleece had heavy white frost on the sleeves and chest. The hydration bottle, on the inside of the Spyder coat had a little slush in it.
post #2 of 12
I don't know how you NE'ers do it. I know I'm downright SICK of working in -30 windchills here in PA.

post #3 of 12
Our last night in tremblant two weeks ago, walking through the village from the Caribo, -50c without the windchill, I guy was walking towards me holding a can of Labatts Bleue. Put it to his mouth to take a drink and it froze to his bottom lip.

post #4 of 12
I was Okemo over the weekend and skied both days. Saturday was cold (-10F) but not too bad with proper dress. Sunday was brutal on the lifts because of the wind. A woman next to me on the lift had her eye lashes freeze togther inside her goggles.
post #5 of 12

But I did laugh at the beer can frozen to the guy's lower lip.

post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 
Just be glad you were not on the lifts when the town lost power yesterday. Power was out for about 45mins. The lifts will run on emergency power, but will not load until power comes back on.

For all who care, Okemo runs every lift on the back up generator for 30 mins every day. Just to make sure everything is working correctly incase they need them.

I'm sure the other mountains do it also.

Oh BTW, I'm one of the lucky ones, I don't use hand or toe heaters.

[ January 26, 2004, 12:13 PM: Message edited by: Max Capacity ]
post #7 of 12
I was at Cannon, NH this weekend. Saturday afternoon the thermometer inside the summit tram station was reading 29 below, Fahernheit. Almost no wind though. The skiing was simply awesome.

On Sunday the summit lifts were shut down for the morning due to the extreme cold and high winds. They eventually opened the tram -- summit temps were again in the -25 range.

I definitely had to pull out my hair dryer to warm up my boots before I could get them off. There's not enough room in them to fit the toe warmer things, but I've gotten into the habit of un-buckling my boots for every lift ride, and that helps. I'm always amazed when I see people skiing without some sort of face coverage when it's this cold. Don't the "WARNING: FROSTBITE, EXTREME DANGER TODAY" signs mean anything to these people?
post #8 of 12
Max, in Michigan, state regulations require lift operators to fire up any auxiliary system (most here use little diesel engines on each lift) each day the lift is to run to assure it's ready to use. Probably every state has some similar rule.
post #9 of 12
I was at Ascutney this weekend. Fortunately the wind was coming from the north, right up the lift line in stead of against it, so the lift ride up wasn't that bad. The sun was out, the snow was white. Life was good.

I really don't understand the issue anyway. It must not get cold in the Rockies? What's the wind chill when your skiing?

The only thing that bothers me is that I'm wearing so many layers that I feel like the kid in the movie "Christmas Story."
post #10 of 12
KevinF - sounds like just another average January day at Cannon.
post #11 of 12
Cannon was plenty cold and plenty lonely when I was there on Friday but I had a great day. The wind piled up enough snow on the edges of some trails that you could actually pretend you were in some shallow powder.

My last trip up on the tram was a privately chauffered affair (just myself and the operator) On half of my runs I didn't see another soul on the slopes.

Amen to the face covering. I forgot my mask and was in the ski shop after the first run.

My first visit there and I do believe I will be back a great value for $34.
post #12 of 12
Originally posted by Inspector Gadget:

But I did laugh at the beer can frozen to the guy's lower lip.

IG, the snow is like talcum powder, absolutely fantastic even after the snowboarders have thrashed all the air out of it.

Just in from a week at -28c/-18F, and, frankly, it was the best tool to teach carving _ever_ since you couldn't find a wax that wasn't slow.

Windchill is for weathermen to shock commuters with. Cover every inch (with 4 layers), eat half a kilo of poutine, and go ski!
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