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Do you sometimes wish for worse conditions/weather?

post #1 of 18
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All this talk of the wx being so bad in the northeast has me thinking. Do you wish for less-desirable weather?

At the local areas, when the weather is good (cold, snow in the backyards), the areas are packed crazy madhouses. No matter how good the conditions are, the snow is skied down to ice by 10AM. On the other hand, you get some warm days during the week and the ground is bare and 1/2 or 2/3 the people don't show up on Saturday. The modern grooming is so good that the conditions during the whole day can actually end up being better when you'd think they were worse. And then, you have a more enjoyable day, particularly if you want to take out little kids, because the slopes aren't as crowded.

Sound sacrilegious doesn't it. When the skis good, it's bad and when the skiing is bad, it's good so hope for the bad.
post #2 of 18
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Originally Posted by learn2turn View Post
All this talk of the wx being so bad in the northeast has me thinking. Do you wish for less-desirable weather?
I do--but not in terms of wishing for warm weather. In the Mid-Atlantic, we have a ton of fair weather skiers. Just a good on-going snow storm will leave the roads and the slopes relatively empty, while the masses huddle at home with their 50 roles of TP and the 10 gallons of milk they rushed to pick-up to ride out the storm.

Also, during a good winter I don't mind seeing a little rain mixed in as well. Some of my best days of skiing have been during a rainy day, as this keeps the crowds down as well.
post #3 of 18
In two cases, I concur. One, when it starts to get warm here, like after Easter, a lot of people forget about skiing and the crowds die down. Also, I would always trade people for rocks, eg, sometimes when the offpiste is really sketchy at my hill people stay away, or even stay home. I don't mind a few rocks, other skiers are more of a hazard... and way more annoying.
post #4 of 18
What the hell is the matter with you people?
post #5 of 18
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Originally Posted by Coach13 View Post
I do--but not in terms of wishing for warm weather. In the Mid-Atlantic, we have a ton of fair weather skiers. Just a good on-going snow storm will leave the roads and the slopes relatively empty, while the masses huddle at home with their 50 roles of TP and the 10 gallons of milk they rushed to pick-up to ride out the storm.
Very true. The masses down here don't know good from bad weather for skiing, but they do get scared away when big storms hit. I have either pre-emptively driven to a ski area the night before a storm to hole up, or drive up in the storm (just put the Subaru in "D" and hit it). I've had some amazing powder days when the mountains are all but deserted except for hard core skiers.

When I moved down here from New England, I was amazed at the panic frenzy each storm brings. People really do start hoarding groceries when a dusting is in the forecast. Pretty much everything closes down. Hard to believe.
post #6 of 18
My favorite type of day is when the ski area reports 0" new and it starts snowing really heavy at about 9:00am and continues all day. I get out about noon and ski powder all day until close. Because of the snow, the slopes are totally empty.
post #7 of 18
Not the Northeast but...
I had a great experience at Steamboat last year in March when a moderate blizzard hit. The Gondola was shut down in the morning due to wind and most people that made it up to the Gondola top by riding the other lifts seemed to be staying inside to stay warm. My wife and I did the same thing and after a while we made our way back down to the base. To our surprise the Gondola was running and nobody was in line. She talked me into going up and we then rode the other lifts (also by ourselves) to the top of the mountain. It was windy (25-40), and cold with visibility of maybe 80-100ft. We went down some of the broad cruising blues that we were very familiar with so there was no chance of getting lost. It was an one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had. Just zooming over the thin powder layer in the silence except for the wind with almost no one else on the runs. It actually helped me gain a lot of confidence (I'm a moderate beggining snowboarder and my wife is a very experienced skier) mainly because I didn't scare myself seeing way down the slopes. It surprised me the next day when I was being overly cautious on the very same runs because I could see down so much further. So, now I'm a big fan of going when conditions are on the bad side!
post #8 of 18
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Originally Posted by skier219 View Post
Very true. The masses down here don't know good from bad weather for skiing, but they do get scared away when big storms hit. I have either pre-emptively driven to a ski area the night before a storm to hole up, or drive up in the storm (just put the Subaru in "D" and hit it). I've had some amazing powder days when the mountains are all but deserted except for hard core skiers.

When I moved down here from New England, I was amazed at the panic frenzy each storm brings. People really do start hoarding groceries when a dusting is in the forecast. Pretty much everything closes down. Hard to believe.
....and this year, those Weather Channel personnel aren't using any political correctness...."and over here we have all this cold air, Very BAD system...Bad weather..".(Give us a break...You Idiots : ) They aren't being coy at all this year. At least in the past you'd have to listen for ~3sec to tell where the forecaster was from...by their attitude, not so this year...
post #9 of 18
I'll take -20F any day of the week. That usually scares off most of the crowds. But at this point in the northeast I would be happy with 20F just so they can make snow. I want to ski spring conditions in late March not December.
post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by Coach13 View Post
I do--but not in terms of wishing for warm weather. In the Mid-Atlantic, we have a ton of fair weather skiers...
My experience is that cold temps and recent snow brings the HUGE crowds to mid-atlantic ski areas and the inevitable icy surface. Give me a warm day weeks after any snow has fallen. The snow will be soft and I'll have the place to myself.

I have had some good powder days that were uncrowded, too. I'm not disagreeing with that. Just don't go on a cold weekend day three days after a storm and expect anything but crowds and ice. Go anyway, it's all good.
post #11 of 18
Basically, I want fresh snow on Monday, not on Friday. IF I skied Saturday, I'd be praying for cold, cold, cold. Normally the fog keeps people away, but this year the "lack of snow" is keeping them away. They've heard it's "icy" -- I got news for them, if you've skied the mid-Atlantic areas, this is NOT "ice"!

But in truth, I'd like a bit more snow so the few coming to ski were spread out a bit more across the hill.
post #12 of 18
Sir . That would be hell no. Why would you even consider such a thing? Heavy snow is a blessing and nothing other.
post #13 of 18
This has got to be one of the most bizarre things I've ever read...

I wish for worse weather down here in the lowlands constantly. By "worse" I mean pouring rain and 5 degrees colder. Pouring rain and a high of 42 (or better yet, 38) here in Seattle means major dumpage in the mountains. People around here call that bad weather, but not me.
post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by Willb View Post
This has got to be one of the most bizarre things I've ever read...

I wish for worse weather down here in the lowlands constantly. By "worse" I mean pouring rain and 5 degrees colder. Pouring rain and a high of 42 (or better yet, 38) here in Seattle means major dumpage in the mountains. People around here call that bad weather, but not me.
Rain in the valleys often means snow in the hills and I welcome that ,for sure, but not rain in the hills
post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by U.P. Racer View Post
What the hell is the matter with you people?
Ahhh, trust me, their definition of bad weather is good weather in the U.P. They are not talking about snow from the next county over burying your car eh.
post #16 of 18
Bad weather? Well I like sunshine and temps in the 20's right after a freezing rain.
post #17 of 18
Fair weather skater!
post #18 of 18
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Fair weather skater!
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