After skiing for years in the midatlantic region I have become quite accustomed to hearing the turbines blowing ice needles over the slopes during skiing hours. For those of you who are also familiar with this, I am sure you understand when I say it feels like a <insert appropriate profanity> when any bare flesh runs into the falling crystals. I have also often found that you can experience a large disparity of conditions within a 100 yards on such slopes ranging from broilerplate, to hard pack, to 5" of powder, and back again. As such, I feel it is important to be able to keep your head up to maintain proper balance and position as you encounter variable surfaces. However, I have yet to find a suitable solution to this problems. holding your hand in front of your face significatly obscures your view and boclavas always freeze from the condensation in your breath and contibute to fogging in your goggles. Obviously the first option is not acceptable as you loose an arm to regain your balance and hinder your ability to anticipate upcomming changes. The second is not much better as you have to look around the foggy spots on your googles and are uncomfortable as the thing that is supposed to be protecting your skin from the ice is now freezing, cold, and wet. And, naturally, going without any solution is just peircingly painful, so that is out. This leads me to a dilema: I have tried every consumer product that I know of to solve such a problem and none of them work. What do you use to combat these conditions, and products or tricks would be greatly appreciated.
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1/4/10 at 11:29pm