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post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
I'm going night skiing...on Friday.
Travel by bus (so I don't have to drive and can sleep while travelling)
It should be just one day after the full moon, so, clouds permitting it should be spcectacular, cold but spectacular...
Where? Corvatsch, Switzerland, near Sant Moritz...
Can't wait...even if I have my doubts...
The bus will leave at 1800...and start at about 0200 the return...this means I'll be back home at about dawn...Ohh my, what I have done?
post #2 of 29
If it were not for night skiing I would probably have only a quater of the ski days I have from the past 18 years. Some of my best experiences on skis have come at night as well.
post #3 of 29
I'm like cstreu, the majority of my on snow time is under the stars. Dress for the weather and enjoy!
post #4 of 29
Never flat light
post #5 of 29
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post
Never flat light
Thats one of the biggest benefits. Many times I have put off going skiing until late in the day for that very reason. If its cloudy I would far rather wait until the sun goes down.
post #6 of 29
Every ski I've broken has done so night skiing. Go figure.
post #7 of 29
Are you guys talking about skiing at night at a ski area under lights or actual night skiing?
post #8 of 29
Didn't know that Europe had night skiing? How do they cover that much acerage with lights?
post #9 of 29
There's a moon in the sky...... it's called the moon
post #10 of 29
It sounds to me like its not your typical night skiing with lights. Sounds like it will be in the twilight hours under the moon. Thats sounds really cool. I did an "all night ski" on time in high school. It was from 10 pm to 6am but we had lights.
post #11 of 29
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No, it's skiing on a lighted run. Usually resorts offer night skiing, but only on
lighted runs. And they tend to keep open only one run (the one which is lighted).
Places that I know doing this are
Corvatsch in Switzerland
Sestriere in Italy
Galtuer in Austria

Only one ski resort offers actual "night skiing" and they open it only during the "full moon" days. But I don't know if they offer it anymore.
The place is called Chiesa Valmalenco (and up to 20-25 years ago they even had summer skiing, FWIW)
I'll be skiing 21.00 - 02.00 ca.
But for 20€ incl travel fare I could hardly pass it...
post #12 of 29
Gotcha. Night skiing around me is pretty normal. In fact there are often more runs open at night than during the day if its a weekday. All the school kids can go at night, and us working folks too.
post #13 of 29
Night skiing stoke! (from Warrrshington)










Growing up in Pennsylvania, if I didn't have night skiing, it's pretty safe to say I probably wouldn't even be a skier. With my weekends filled with soccer travel tournaments, weekday night skiing was the norm and skiing under the sun was an anomaly.
post #14 of 29
I second that ty. I skied for 15 years before living someplace where skiing in the day was the normal thing to do.

I love evenings arcing under flood lights, especially if it's been snowing and windy all day.

I wanna go tonight.

Go Nobody!
post #15 of 29
Fresh snow, clear sky, and under the full moon, is arguably the best sking experience one could ever have. No other lights needed.

James
post #16 of 29
Thread Starter 
Wow Tyrone, I wish that would be the kind of night skiing I am going to have...let's hope I'll have a tiny fraction of that, and I'll be satisfied.
As it is, it isn't really my first attempt at night skiing.
I skied under floodlights thrice in the past, but it was only for small races organized for visiting tourists at the village in the dolomites where we used to spend the yearly week long ski trip (in Italian "Settimana Bianca" or "The White week")..it hardly counts as night skiing:
Come "home" after a day of skiing,
don't change,
eat,
take your skis again,
go to the lift, take two warming runs down besides the racing course, go back to the top, wait your turn, ski down and then
go to bed...
Once, while waiting for my turn I daringly skied down a parallel trail (wich wasn't lighted)...once
That's all.
post #17 of 29
Thread Starter 
This should be the run that will be open tonight


Seems it will be a 5 km long run...
post #18 of 29
I skied last night at Snow King. It was fun.
post #19 of 29
When I was in high school we used to check the mountain tops just outside of town as the school day progressed. If they were being snowed on, we would head for the hills right after school and still be in bed by 10:30 so we could get to class the next day. Night skiing tickets were $5 and there were no lines. I don't think I would have skied much in HS otherwise.
post #20 of 29
It's weird, night skiing is relatively rare in the Alps, and a lot of people look at it as kind of a cool novelty. Hard to see it, having grown up freezing on East Coast chairlifts under the lights. But it does take flat lighting out of the equation.

I have skied at night without lights a few times. Notably once on New Year's Eve at Snowbird, behind a groomer cat. Another time I did a twilight tour with a flashlight in my mouth for the descent (headlamp broke).
post #21 of 29
Make sure you have clear, yellow, or blue/sensor goggles. Dress warm.
Probably about 50% of the skiing I have done in my lifetime has been at night. I love being able to see the terrain better. All of my race training has been at night just about. It is quiet, the snow is hard, - perfect for training.
Later
Greg
post #22 of 29
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the tips, in fact my clear lenses o-frames broke out when I was putting toghether the "package" at home...I skied without goggles, the weather was fantastic, and warm! Yes, warm as in I had to take away my jacked and ski with my soft shell jacket only (It was so warm I was sweating and had to takeout gloves and helmet each time I reached the base, and dry myself with kleenex tissues)

Trip report here:
http://forums.epicski.com/showthread...302#post865302

Ciao!
post #23 of 29
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by prickly View Post
It's weird, night skiing is relatively rare in the Alps, and a lot of people look at it as kind of a cool novelty. Hard to see it, having grown up freezing on East Coast chairlifts under the lights. But it does take flat lighting out of the equation.

I have skied at night without lights a few times. Notably once on New Year's Eve at Snowbird, behind a groomer cat. Another time I did a twilight tour with a flashlight in my mouth for the descent (headlamp broke).
Yes, it's really looked upon as a cool novelty...look at the promo video the Corvatsch's people have on their site...

http://www.bergbahnenengadin.ch/021stm_030002_en.htm
post #24 of 29
I get far more ski days in at night than the day (oxymoron?). At Mt Hood Ski Bowl night skiing is much more than a novelty you can get powder, 20' drops and steeps all under the lights. The cold temps after the sun goes down dry out the snow nicely too. There's nothing like getting in four hours lapping 2' of fresh pow after work. Night skiing is one of the best reasons to live in the PNW.
post #25 of 29
I love night skiing. I night patrol at Snow King about once a week. Usually after skiing/teaching at The Village all day. Makes for a pretty solid 9-11 hr ski day. I like the visuals from the lights, seeing the race kids get after it, and closing the mountain and turning off the lights behind me. It can be really freakin cold at night in WY. I've been night skiing at -20 ambiant. In WY we don't report wind chill as it just gets too depressing. I've also been full moon skiing in the backcountry in Teton Pass. One time in knee deep powder in the steep part of Glory Bowl I had the sensation of skiing down a moon crater through mmon dust. Very Cool. A skiing experience I will always remember.
post #26 of 29

With the night skiing thread at the top of the forums, I thought this particular post needed some due attention.... 

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Originally Posted by Tyrone Shoelaces View Post
Night skiing stoke! (from Warrrshington)










Growing up in Pennsylvania, if I didn't have night skiing, it's pretty safe to say I probably wouldn't even be a skier. With my weekends filled with soccer travel tournaments, weekday night skiing was the norm and skiing under the sun was an anomaly.

 

post #27 of 29

Night skiing is the best!. During the day the light can be unpredictable, and the conditions change through out the day. With night skiing things are very consistent. My biggest reason for prefering night skiing is the way my body works. My body performs physically much better in the afternoon and early night. It takes so much more to get warmed up and moving in the morning.

post #28 of 29

Night skiing is a big reason why so many good racers come out of the East and Midwest.  Kids can trainon weeknights after school.  Rope tows also help kids get stronger. 

post #29 of 29
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Originally Posted by nexus6 View Post

I get far more ski days in at night than the day (oxymoron?). At Mt Hood Ski Bowl night skiing is much more than a novelty you can get powder, 20' drops and steeps all under the lights. The cold temps after the sun goes down dry out the snow nicely too. There's nothing like getting in four hours lapping 2' of fresh pow after work. Night skiing is one of the best reasons to live in the PNW.

Amen brother. Mt Hood Ski Bowl rocks at night. Open till 11pm Fri/Sat, 10pm other nights, 2am on NYE (with fireworks). 60 min from PDX, what an awesome place to go after work! My favorite days there are Mon/Tue during winter as they don't even open until 3pm (freshies at night). America's largest night skiing area (everything except Outback is lit).
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