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post #1 of 10
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I was considering trying to get away to ski for a day or two to end the season, but the temperatures are forecasted to have lows in the mid to upper 40's and highs around 70 (Fahrenheit).

Now, I have skied when the temp drops to freezing or even the just in the 30s when the temps are heading to 60 plus the next day, and those conditions are fine (maybe too sloppy in the late afternoon, but nice the first few hours), but I am concerned with lows that are 45 plus with the temps heading 60 plus the next day.

Is it skiable?  Fun?  Or is it like to ski in ice cream that is melting?  My head tells me if the night time lows are only going to 45 degrees, with 70 the next day is too warm and to call it a season, but I have never skied in those conditions would like to hear from those that have about what the conditions are like.  Thanks.
post #2 of 10
The conditions will vary greatly from base to summit.  Those forecast numbers are valley temps, subtract 5 to 10 for the summit, depending where you go.  Obviously if it gets below freezing on the summit, it could be icy first thing in the am, which is often why many people wait and go out later.  
If the temp is above freezing over the entire hill (the temps you paint suggest that), it will be more fun on top than on bottom.  You may know from past experience that when cruising downhill you're apt to hit the wet stuff and it slows you right down like the "great sucking sound", you struggle to get to the base.  Fun?  absolutely.  Skiing in fleece is wicked cool.  Just expect to get wet.  I'd also think seriously about putting some wet wax on your boards for the day.   It's also enjoyable sitting out on the deck getting a sunburn!
post #3 of 10
Where are you skiing?
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Originally Posted by billskis View Post

The conditions will vary greatly from base to summit.  Those forecast numbers are valley temps, subtract 5 to 10 for the summit, depending where you go.  Obviously if it gets below freezing on the summit, it could be icy first thing in the am, which is often why many people wait and go out later.  
If the temp is above freezing over the entire hill (the temps you paint suggest that), it will be more fun on top than on bottom.  You may know from past experience that when cruising downhill you're apt to hit the wet stuff and it slows you right down like the "great sucking sound", you struggle to get to the base.  Fun?  absolutely.  Skiing in fleece is wicked cool.  Just expect to get wet.  I'd also think seriously about putting some wet wax on your boards for the day.   It's also enjoyable sitting out on the deck getting a sunburn!

before you make assumption you might want to check where is going. 
Northern Vermont is forecasted to have highs on the summit in the 70s.

Its skiable and fun but then again anything that isnt boilerplate ice is fun IMO. 

I d go just be prepared to not wear warm clothes. I usually make due with snow pants and a MTB jersey for temps in the 60s 70s.
post #5 of 10
If your skiing the northeast it should be great this week. After the rain it packs the snow down & it should be fairly fast & slick. I'm heading up to VT. in the morning for a few days & hoping for some sunshine & good spring skiing. To bad I don't have computer access while I'm up there or I'd check back in to give you a report. I like it that way though, no TV, no computer & listen to VT. public radio which is sponsored by PEW. I love yelling at the liberal jerks on the radio while I sip a few refreshments.
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If your skiing the northeast it should be great this week. After the rain it packs the snow down & it should be fairly fast & slick. I'm heading up to VT. in the morning for a few days & hoping for some sunshine & good spring skiing. To bad I don't have computer access while I'm up there or I'd check back in to give you a report. I like it that way though, no TV, no computer & listen to VT. public radio which is sponsored by PEW. I love yelling at the liberal jerks on the radio while I sip a few refreshments.

if you ski stowe on thursday I can take you to "other" stowe.
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Well did you decide to go? If you didn't you missed some great spring skiing. I drove up early Wed. morning & stopped at Stratton to burn a pass I had for there. Skiing was good & like I said the rain made the snow slick & fast. The only problem on Wed. was the visibility, the top 3/4 of the mtn. had very thick fog all day. Most of the day was dry but it did start to rain lightly late in the afternoon. By then I had enough so I didn't get wet. They only had 2 lifts running & had the backside Sunbowl closed but with 2 high speed six packs going it wasn't a problem & they still had plenty of terrain open with good cover. There was nobody on the mtn.

Thurs. & Fri. I skiied at Killington & one day was better than the next. Both days were blue skies & sunshine with temps getting into the 60's on the mtn. Just about all the terrain was still open (even the woods) & they had most of the lifts running. I really got to beat myself up both days staying on the steeper terrain which is easier to ski when the snow gets soft. Half of the steep trails were groomed & half they left bumped up. Vertigo, Conclusion Escapade, Flume & Upper Downdraft had moguls the size of VW bugs on them. Other trails like Ovation, North Star, Great Bear & OL had rounder more manageable moguls on them. Superstar, Cascade, Lower Downdraft & Double Dipper were recently groomed but were a lot of fun with the soft spring snow. The only wooded trail I skied was Low Rider which still had plenty of snow but other gladed trails like Anarchy, Julio & Big Dipper were open but I didn't ski them. My car thermometer read 83 degress in Rutland at around 3:45 when I was leaving. Hopefully I have 1 or 2 trips left before I call it a season.
Edited by steamboat1 - 4/3/10 at 2:29pm
post #8 of 10
Spring skiing????

You should head for the great PNW. 24" of 12o snow at Bachelor and lots of wind was $$$$ this past weekend.

Baker now has over 200" base and the best of the season happened this weekend. It's slowing down. Instead of the 48" from last week, this week is only supposed to be 18" to 24". Bummer.
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Spring skiing????

You should head for the great PNW. 24" of 12o snow at Bachelor and lots of wind was $$$$ this past weekend.

Baker now has over 200" base and the best of the season happened this weekend. It's slowing down. Instead of the 48" from last week, this week is only supposed to be 18" to 24". Bummer.

Tuesday is looking Hood....er good.
post #10 of 10
 Wow, that's really good. At Whistler we're only at a 145" base with 40" fresh last week. 
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