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Why do we ski at -9 degrees F?

post #1 of 29
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As we were skiing today with the temperature at -9 and a "wind chill warning" in effect (most schools, including Milwaukee Public Schools, were closed) we asked ourselves - - WHY?

We came up with several reasons, but the one thing that the three of us had in common was:

- our wives were home.

Other reasons to ski at -9 degrees:

- you can avoid the crowds (only six of us on the hills and never all at the same time)

- it's winter and the sun was shining

- it better than working

- others?
post #2 of 29

dress for it

* you can dress for it.
* it makes for a great story
* the snow is usually better at -9 than +49
* Coffee drinks

Here is a recent video of -8* skiing in Breck, CO

enjoy the link,
JonLaw
post #3 of 29
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Originally Posted by snowpro View Post
Here is a recent video of -8* skiing in Breck, CO

enjoy the link,
JonLaw
I did - thanks.
post #4 of 29
Makes the Hot Chocolate or Coffee laced with brandy oh so much better?
post #5 of 29
When it gets cold like that, there is nobody around. You can dress for it, the snow stays awesome all day... What's not to like about skiing on cold days?
post #6 of 29
We skied in -9 here on sunday. The wind blew snow into the woods lines at Crystal so the powder run was awesome!
Gotta love the opportunity to ski powder in the woods.
post #7 of 29
-9°F at some mountains is cold but not that cold. If there was a windchill on top of that, then that would be cold. But, it still beats staying home and thinking "I shoulda gone skiing..."
post #8 of 29
heh, My wife and I were at Gore for a long weekend. Yesterday it was -15 at the top with wind blowing 40+ mph. Windchill was like -50. All in all it wasn't bad at all. Over the years, we have learned how to dress for it.

That said, the lifts went in indefinite wind hold at 11am. Gore comped us a pass each so we left smiling having had enjoyed a beautiful morning.
post #9 of 29
I've got a good excuse if someone sees me going to the bathroom (shrinkage factor)
post #10 of 29
Why not?
post #11 of 29
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Originally Posted by MWskier View Post
As we were skiing today with the temperature at -9 and a "wind chill warning" in effect (most schools, including Milwaukee Public Schools, were closed) we asked ourselves - - WHY?

We came up with several reasons, but the one thing that the three of us had in common was:

- our wives were home.

Other reasons to ski at -9 degrees:

- you can avoid the crowds (only six of us on the hills and never all at the same time)

- it's winter and the sun was shining

- it better than working

- others?
How about this:

You travelled a great distance, possibly by air, to a ski resort. You paid in advance for lift tickets. You paid for accommodation at a ski resort, so you could ski. You are only there for five or six days skiing. You only get maybe ten ski days a year. You have good cold weather gear. You ski and enjoy it. Then you warm up later in the hot tub, sauna, or both.

oh chute
post #12 of 29
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Originally Posted by oh_chute View Post
How about this:

You travelled a great distance, possibly by air, to a ski resort. You paid in advance for lift tickets. You paid for accommodation at a ski resort, so you could ski. You are only there for five or six days skiing. You only get maybe ten ski days a year. You have good cold weather gear. You ski and enjoy it. Then you warm up later in the hot tub, sauna, or both.
Now that makes sense, but how about this:

It's a 32 mile drive each way. It's your 35th day on the slopes. The hill has only three major runs on a 388 foot vertical that you have skied 30 days already that year. No hot tub. No sauna. And it makes the wife mad - - but you ski and enjoy it.
post #13 of 29
Heck, I rode my bike this morning, it was nice. -6F no wind and a beautiful sunrise.
post #14 of 29
Now thats just plain silly....
post #15 of 29
I was up at Cascade on Saturday with a friend and my wife thought I was crazy.

Just remember a bad day skiing beats a good day at home!
post #16 of 29
A couple of years ago, I took a vacation day, drove to Okemo, 120 miles, to demo skis, it was -29F without the wind chill. Sorry -9 is just an inconvinence.

I was also one of the few that skied Okemo the next day when the wind chill was -75F. Granted they didn't let us ski very long the Mt closed about 9AM.

You guys need to get tuff
post #17 of 29
Bcuz we're nuts
Bcuz we luv to ski
Bcuz teh gear today can handle it
Bcuz its a right of passage
Bcuz we CAN
bcuz it givesd us bragging rights
Bcuz we LUV the STARES we get when we tell flatlanders about our escapades
Bcuz we GOTTA be related to YUKON JACK
Bcuz we luv teh mellowness that comes in teh lodge in front of teh fireplace at teh end of the day and lastly
Bcuz LIFE ain't a dress rehersal and we want to have a life not get a life :>))
post #18 of 29
Plus it is so tempting to lick the saftey bar.
post #19 of 29
Because one month ago, it was 58 degrees in Vermont and we were hopping mud, rocks and other assorted garbage on the slopes.
post #20 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by MWskier View Post
As we were skiing today with the temperature at -9 and a "wind chill warning" in effect (most schools, including Milwaukee Public Schools, were closed) we asked ourselves - - WHY?
- others?
Because it was 9 degrees warmer that the -18 I skied in at Kmart last week ! Hope you brought the sun tan lotion !

WW
post #21 of 29
I'll admit that I probably wont go skiing if it dips below 0 F.. but when we hit Summit Co in early Dec, we had temps in the singe digits the whole weekend, but we were dressed for it and what they heck, we paid money to be there, so we were going to ski, damn it

I think perfect ski temps are high 20s.. yes, it can be done at all other temps, but I'm talking ideal here...

The think about skiing in sub zero temps (F) is the wind chill when you're screaming down the groomers.. it's cold brrrr

They say it hasn't been this cold in 30 years in the Chicago area (my drivers side door is shut solid.. need to enter through the passenger door ).
post #22 of 29
Because here in the midwest we have less then 4 months to do something we would love to do year around.
post #23 of 29
That voice of reason inside your head was murdered the first cold day of the year. Don't worry it happened with me too.

The plus side is you can act all hardcore around everybody else who didn't go sking that day.

Rest assured that will be about everybody you know, 'cause there were only 3 other people on the mountain that day.
post #24 of 29
50" of new powder
post #25 of 29
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Originally Posted by wolf_creek_freak View Post
50" of new powder
Yea, but you can't ski it if it's above -9 F
post #26 of 29
I'm a patroller and I was out both saturday and sunday, -24 both days. the sun was out. if you think thats tuff try doing first aid in that weather. that my fellow ski freaks is hard. you have only latex gloves on working on someone. after you cant feel your fingers. : in the end its all worth it
post #27 of 29
I can only dream of -9. Today it is 50, and raining.
post #28 of 29
Fewer gapers?
post #29 of 29
-9...positively balmy. Now 20 below with no wind is getting chilly. -44 at the top of mount snow, yes windchill, was downright frigid. Even saw what bad frosbite looks like up close. Poor bastard didn't cover up and froze half his face black. Of course his mother blamed the tour operator. The way things have been in the east we will ski in anything.
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