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What is the highest temperature you have ever skied in?

post #1 of 22
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The highest temp ever for me was today, April 25, 2009.  It was 82F at the base of the K1 Gondolla at Killington.  Albany, NY set a record today of 89F, beating the prior record of 86F set in 1915.

post #2 of 22

It was close to 70. And unfortunately it cost me a broken collarbone.

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Many years ago I took my kids skiing in Michigan on Easter. Temperatures were in the sixties, water was flowing down the slope is streams 2 feet wide.

 

Michael

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Right around 80-85 degrees.  Gets pretty dangerous in the afternoon at those temps.

post #5 of 22

It was probably about 105-108 degrees

 

But there was a breeze blowing across the lake.  It was smooth as glass 

post #6 of 22

I'll dig up the photos.

 

I skied - on sand - at Sand Mountain State Park south of Salt Lake City during August in 2000 or therabouts.  Andrew McLean and I and several SLC denizens left SLC at about 4:00am on a Sunday morning and headed for the sand dunes. 

 

Skiing sand is kind of interesting.  You have to have your weight WAY forward, and even then it seems like you're going to drop on your nose at every turn.

 

While we skied, it was about 102 f.

 

We had a riot.  I really want to do it again one of these days. 

 

Anybody up for it this summer?  I've heard there are very cool sand dunes just west of Rexburg, ID.

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I'll dig up the photos.

 

I skied - on sand - at Sand Mountain State Park south of Salt Lake City during August in 2000 or therabouts.  Andrew McLean and I and several SLC denizens left SLC at about 4:00am on a Sunday morning and headed for the sand dunes. 

 

Skiing sand is kind of interesting.  You have to have your weight WAY forward, and even then it seems like you're going to drop on your nose at every turn.

 

While we skied, it was about 102 f.

 

We had a riot.  I really want to do it again one of these days. 

 

Anybody up for it this summer?  I've heard there are very cool sand dunes just west of Rexburg, ID.


I don't have the computer right now that has the photos but I just remembered something about this trip.  I had a 1997 Mercury Mountaineer at the time we went to Sand Mountain, and the car had the factory tires (Firestone something-or-others?).  The Mountaineer is the same car as the Ford Explorer.

 

About two weeks after I drove back from sand skiing at about 90mph on I-15, the story started to break about all the Explorer tires that were just coming APART at high speeds during hot weather.  Cars were crashing, people were dying, it wasy ugly.

 

I was reading those news reports thinking about my driving nonchalantly up the interstate and a too-high rate of speed on tires that later turned out to be, shall we say, suspect.

 

So, was the driving more dangerous than the skiing?

 

None of us were wearing helmets, btw (while we were skiing OR while we were in the car).

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I was at killington yesterday skiing with Dave and another Dave.  The skiing was really good.  There was plenty of piled up corn which you had to bash through in the bumps from time to time.  But the base was frozen yet edgeable - nice and firm.  The bumps were soft yet there were plenty of nice solid bumps on the steeps.

 

Escapade had some bumps where the troughs were filled with water.  It was like mini pond skiming, the water blasting out of the hole.  Watching the skiers come down and hit the bath tubs - then the big smiles.  I have never seen that happen to that extent before.  It was a lot of fun - since it was warm.

 

At 80* I didn't expect to find such great skiing.  The mountain was full of real good skiers.  We saw some great bumpers.  It was the only day this season that I skied in shorts, polo, and no helmet

 

On some of the traversing trails, as you skied along you would hit pockets of cold air flowing down from above through the woods.  Killington kept trails open that could have easily been closed by a more concervative management.  The bottom of Ovation, mid-way you had to walk over to Superstar - about 50'.  The youngesters would come skiing down and go right across the grass.  I must have the wrong wax  Great day!

 

 

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Mid 50s in Val D'Isere during April 6-11

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I don't have the computer right now that has the photos but I just remembered something about this trip.  I had a 1997 Mercury Mountaineer at the time we went to Sand Mountain, and the car had the factory tires (Firestone something-or-others?).  The Mountaineer is the same car as the Ford Explorer.

 

About two weeks after I drove back from sand skiing at about 90mph on I-15, the story started to break about all the Explorer tires that were just coming APART at high speeds during hot weather.  Cars were crashing, people were dying, it wasy ugly.

 

I was reading those news reports thinking about my driving nonchalantly up the interstate and a too-high rate of speed on tires that later turned out to be, shall we say, suspect.

 

So, was the driving more dangerous than the skiing?

 

None of us were wearing helmets, btw (while we were skiing OR while we were in the car).


Those old Mountaineers/Explorers were the problem, not the tires. They were only rated to carry a load of 400 lbs more than their empty weight. Of course, people loaded them down like crazy. I was shopping for a SUV at the time and I was looking at GVWR as a risk for rollovers at the time. The Expedition was rated to carry 1700 lbs more than its empty weight. The choice was obvious to me at that point and that truck is still sitting in my driveway. Heavy load, tires stressed, tires get hot to the point they are the same temperature the tread was attached to the shell of the tire and you get separation. It's a commonly encountered problem in people who own trailer campers-that's why you see so much talk about upgrading tires on their message boards. It's also the reason why you see 18 wheeler tires parts on the interstate all the time, except they don't have as much of a problem given they've got a few more wheels to share the load.

I see those old Explorers now loaded to the gills with people who have purchased them second or third hand and I pass them ASAP!

post #11 of 22

I skied the first weekend of May last year at Sugarloaf (Maine). It was about 72 degrees which made for some mighty fine pond skimmin'. I remember having to go in the lodge around mid day - becasue it was too hot. Dang. 

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I think it was mid 80s the only time I ever tried grass skiing.

 

That's not me btw.   

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I think it was mid 80s the only time I ever tried grass skiing.

 

That's not me btw.   

 

I WANNA TRY!

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I WANNA TRY!


When I tried it the terrain was all dirt clods and rocks.  It wasn't much fun at all.  On actual "grass" it would probably be a lot better.  It still HURTS a lot more to go down than most snow skiing falls.

post #15 of 22

Set my personal record yesterday - 90 degrees

 

 

Whitetail, PA - the message board thermometer said 97-98, but the official high was 92 at the time I was out.

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Rusty -- Not a heck of a lot of snow there.  BTW, my coldest day of the year was at Whitetail, on Jan. 16.  On our last run of the day, the temperature was 9 F.

post #17 of 22

Picky picky picky. I had skis on my feet and slid on snow. It was 90 degrees in late April on an East facing slope in South Central PA. That there was any snow at all is unbelievable.

post #18 of 22

An afternoon at Steamboat got up to 65F a few years ago in April.  I stripped down to a t-shirt, and regretted that decision.  I discovered the abrasive qualities of slush with a forearm when falling by the Four Points Hut.

 

ON the topic of Explorers/Mountaineers:

 

Ford threw Firestone under the bus with the hot tire fiasco.  The early Explorers had a pretty stiff suspension, and to get a more car-like ride Ford recommended inflating only to 26 psi - way too close to the danger zone.  Add to that the general malaise of owners not checking tire pressures often enough, and it's a recipe for disaster.  I had a 1992 Exploder for 14 years; my 2006 Explorer has a far better suspension.

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Rusty -- Not a heck of a lot of snow there.  BTW, my coldest day of the year was at Whitetail, on Jan. 16.  On our last run of the day, the temperature was 9 F.

 

It reached -15C (with windchill) at Sunshine yesterday where I was skiing. That's about 5 F.

 

The coldest day I've skied this year would have been -35 C in december, which is about -31 F. That was a freaking cold day.

 

The warmest I've skied all year is about 40 F at Fernie.  That was 2 weeks ago. It was closer to 50 F once you got to the very bottom though.

 

post #20 of 22

It was 86 at Sugarbush this past Saturday, and the skiing was great - Stein's Run had great big soft bumps! It was also really nice of SB to offer a $39 pass to other mountain passholders.

post #21 of 22

Coldest for me is 3-4* during MLK weekend last year at Iceface. I'm not sure, but I think that's without wind chill.

post #22 of 22

I remember a couple of years ago skiing the last weekend at Beaver Creek. I thought it was nice to finish the last run, step off the snow onto green grass, hop the shuttle bus and get back to the car and have to turn the AC on as it was 75.

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