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when it's snowing while you're skiing - advice

post #1 of 18
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hey guys, looking for advice or any tips for skiing while it's snowing and there is poorer visibility (i.e. ski the lower mountain? upper mountain? etc.).  i'm headed up to tahoe this weekend and it's supposed to be snowing...a little nervous because i'm a weather wimp and prefer sunny weather... 

post #2 of 18

Um.....wear goggles?

post #3 of 18

If the snow is dry I wear my goggles.  If the snow is wet I don't.

post #4 of 18

Sometimes the top will be clearer than the bottom or the reverse, and sometimes it will change throughout the day. Other times it is soup everywhere. Wear goggles, wear waterproof pants, stick to terrain with contrast (trees) and enjoy yourself.

post #5 of 18

It's questions like this that keep me coming back to epic again and again.... 

 

Gold.  What do I do if it snows? 

post #6 of 18

Make sure your clothes and gloves are adequately water-resistant. Wear good googles and a good face mask. Once you are properly clothed, skiing while it's snowing is quite pleasurable. The snow is soft and the skis glide over it nicely and turning feels nearly effortless.

 

Of course if it is snowing really hard and the wind is blowing, it's often not so nice.

post #7 of 18
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Originally Posted by U.P. Racer View Post

...What do I do if it snows? 

 

Stay inside. Duh. Everyone knows you can't ski when its snowing.

post #8 of 18

Low angle, trees ...helps with the visability.

post #9 of 18

Trees.

post #10 of 18
Thread Starter 

thanks everyone! 

post #11 of 18

Will add that the usual problem, besides whiteouts, is fogging goggles. Suggest a search here for this topic. Some brands seem better than others. Also influenced by helmet, hood, face coverings when it's cold. Personally, have always found that traditional stuff (pull up tubes, bandanas) promote fogging cuz they trap breath, vent it upwards toward googles, prefer face covers that have a slot or holes for mouth/nose.  

post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by lola View Post

looking for advice or any tips for skiing while it's snowing... 

 

While on the lift, pray that it keeps on snowing!

post #13 of 18

Stick to terrain you're familiar with if you can. If not, Ski slopes that wind through lifts or ski the egdes of trails so you can get some definition. Make sure to keep your goggles cold. There's nothing worse than going inside and getting your goggles warm. The snow will stick to them and you'll constantly have to wipe them off.

 

I think one of the most worried I've ever been skiing was one day at Blackcomb a few years ago. I was up on the Glaciers when a bluebird day turned into a whiteout. being in unfamiliar territory surrounded by cliffs and very steep trails, I had to feel my way down. Make four turns and stop. I finally decided to stop and wait it out and luckily, after about a half hour it let up enough so I could decend the rest of the way.

 

 

post #14 of 18
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I think one of the most worried I've ever been skiing was one day at Blackcomb a few years ago. I was up on the Glaciers when a bluebird day turned into a whiteout. being in unfamiliar territory surrounded by cliffs and very steep trails, I had to feel my way down. Make four turns and stop. I finally decided to stop and wait it out and luckily, after about a half hour it let up enough so I could decend the rest of the way.

 

 

Last day of '08 Gathering was a bit like that at the top of Strawberry Express @ the basin.   

 

I was on familiar terrain; the three behind me weren't, two dropped off back to Strawberry and the poling/skating bailout, the one remaining did the best skiing of her life and promptly cursed me out afterwards  

post #15 of 18

The reflected dark color of trees provides enhanced visability.  When it is really dumping ski on narrow runs lined with trees, or ski along the sides of the run next to the trees, or in the trees if possible.  When everyone else heads in you can get some of the best skiing. 

post #16 of 18

The only adjustments I make when it's REALLY snowing and visibility is bad is to ski in the trees where there is some contrast with the white snow, keep a spare pair of goggles in my jacket, or car if it's close, and wear a neck gator to keep the face shots I'm getting from filling my jacket and freezing my face. 

post #17 of 18

Assuming this is a serious question ... as noted, visibility is the issue.   Whiteout especially above tree level is IMHO to be taken seriously.  Stay with your group, not a bad idea to have radios along to stay in touch if separated, but don't get separated.  If you're not with a group, then find someone on the lift or at the top of the lift who you can ask to tag along with before going out in poor visibility. I'm thinking about true whiteout where you can't distinguish snow surface from sky, and above tree line or in unfamiliar terrain at the bigger Western mountains where you really could get stranded.


Edited by ts01 - Wed, 04 Feb 09 20:33:23 GMT
post #18 of 18
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It's questions like this that keep me coming back to epic again and again.... 

 

Gold.  What do I do if it snows? 

When it snows while I'm skiing I stick my tongue out and catch snow flakes.  Yum!

 

For vision, I wear turbo fan goggles to keep from freezing up.

 

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