Ok! I'll address the snow issue, but first....those boots.
Originally Posted by lbt Can you make sure we have Salomon flavoured snow please?
Thanks to CEM's ministrations this morning I'm now clunking around the house in some Salomon Impact 10s
and whimpering Apparently I went down 11mm in shell size...
I was moaning last time about how it felt like I was driving a car with a bad steering rack - seems I was.
Also since Denise has also hurt her back too and can't ski I expect she'll spend her days practising table football - watch out Tog ;)
Thank God you caught this in time or you'd do what everyone else does these days - self medicate by buying fatter and fatter skis. It's likely you'd end up on the Fattypus at 125mm. That way you'll have a stable platform when the foot is just moving around in the boot. You'll never be able to control the edge anyway, so a "narrow" ski ie, under 90mm, will feel unstable.
(and to think you were doing a 45 degree chute at Big Sky in those things! Good thing it was short with a safe runout!)
Now to the weather!
Look, we're in a National Crisis Here! I just listened to an Abc report on the situation. There's Dianne Sawyer - sick on the air showing incredible fortitude by introducing the "Arctic Blast" segment.
Here's a quote from the reporter showing snow in northern New York:
"For these hardy northern warriors, the snowy cold is a nuisance, while in other parts of the country it's a nightmare into heartbreak!" from: http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=9486375
It's a National Cold Onslaught!!
We're getting pummeled by an Arctic Blast!
Look at these other weather Headlines:
(this is only one easy page!)
1,000 people homeless on Solomons after tsunami
Transport disrupted as snow and ice sweep Britain
(thank God lbt is getting out of there just in time!!)
See, you're going to an absolute refuge - Snowmass!! I mean the town has the word 'snow' in the title! There's no better place to be! I promise, you'll be safe with the snow there.
"Will it be Cold?"
If you're coming from Florida, usually it would be much colder, but surprise! it might even be warmer at times! So already you're ahead because there's no orange trees to worry about freezing.
If you're coming form Vermont skiing: Look, if you were out there on sunday, the winds were like 50mph at times. Yeah, there was powder - from ice to two foot windrifts. Parts of New Hampshire have cancelled races due to lack of snow. It is unlikely we'll have 50mph winds, though possible. See, you're already ahead.
Look, if it wasn't cold the snow would melt and then we'd be doing something else! It's unlikely to be very cold the entire time though it could happen. But you'll be skiing, so it's ok. Besides, it's a dry cold - much more comfortable than a damp midwest cold. So you win again!
Remember layers? Bring them.
"Will there be Sun?"
Colorado is well known for it's sun. I could quote figures on the number of sunny days, but if you're from a gray area of the country you'll just get depressed and want to move there. (Brits, this is why we limit visas for you guys and why Wimbledon needs a roof)
We can't have a massive influx to CO again. All those people from California moved to Boulder in the 90's and they only go where the sun is. So there's your proof. Since Arnold's "Welcome to Kahleefornia" commercial the migration might have calmed down.
Answer: It's very likely we'll have quite sunny days. If it's not sunny, it'll be cloudy and maybe it'll even be snowing! I know, this is a horror for CO skiers - skiing with flakes in the eyes! The rest of us are just glad it's crystallized. This is where Eastern skiers can actually feel they're better prepared and maybe even...superior!? (Don't make me post the Godfather clip with Fredo again..."I'm smaart
! I can do things!..." I had to do that in a thread about Eastern Skiing)
"Will it Snow?"
Conditions are looking pretty good here, but if I had the total answer I probably would have bought out the Yellowstone Club last year for next to nothing. Then I'd hire H to ...ok, we're getting distracted...
When it snows there'll be more powder, when it's not snowing you'll be able to see more and won't have to complain about not seeing, the goggles fogging, you don't have the right wax, why do I need wax anyway when famous skier X doesn't use it, etc... So when it's not snowing you'll be freed from those complaints!
The important thing is that you'll have snow under
your feet. Of that I can assure you you will have. You may not have every square inch available to ski on, but would you rather be living the "nightmare" scenario in Florida and England?
I guarantee you'll have snow to ski on! Everything that falls from the sky will just be a plus!!
(speaking of that, where's the snow smiley!!!??? I need to use it here)
Now, if I get more specific info I'll pass it on, but for now everything is looking rosey!!
Remember, you're escaping the nightmare the rest of the country, and world, is experiencing!
You get to go to a place spelled
with 'Snow' !
It's Living in a Fairy Tale! How many people get that?
So Stop Worrying and Get Packing!!
Edited by Tog - 1/6/10 at 10:42am
forgot to address this:
"Can you make sure we have Salomon flavoured snow please?" -lbt
Ok look, don't make me report you to the authorities at Denver Airport. Though we may sell every square inch of space for advertising and the names of public buildings to private corporations, this is waaay over the line! This is why we separated from England in the first place, you know "All snow is created equal" ? Even Congress agrees on this usually.
I know you guys ski on plastic brushes indoors, but keep your crazy ideas on that side of the pond! Besides, any snow by Solomon would be non standard, goofy, and would just disappear quickly.