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Old 02-21-2012, 11:08 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I know I've tried to get into a backcountry line with winds blowing so hard I couldn't move. I was literally 20 ft away from where I wanted to drop and couldn't move and inch. After trying for 10-15 minutes, we turned around. Sustained 50-60mph winds maybe even more. I've also been knocked over and picked up. Once winds get to those speeds you can't ride. Once you get over 45mph, it gets really tough. Riding off of a lift allows you to sustain a little big higher winds than hiking, but not by a whole lot.
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Old 02-23-2012, 11:25 AM   #12 (permalink)
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It was blowing hard at Snowbird on Tuesday and the worse thing about it is the poor visibility of blowing snow. Unless you really know the run I would be careful. I agree with neednsnow on hi-vis goggles, thats a must. Other then that, it aint so bad and can be an adventure. The worse I have been in is the summit at Mt Bachelor. Its like a white sand storm, where you actually have to tack down the mountain.
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Old 02-24-2012, 05:03 PM   #13 (permalink)
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As long as the lift isn't on a wind hold I'll ride it.


If you are someone who is afraid of heights don't ride the chair alone if you are worried about it being shut down for wind hold. I got stuck on a chair for almost 20 minutes due to wind. I could see the chair in front of me bouncing up and down and I almost puked. Gripping on the bar for dear life I was riding a quad chair with 3 others so I was able to keep my shit together on the outside at least. If I was alone I might have flipped out

I don't know how hard it was blowing but people were being knocked down left and right. Getting off the lift was almost impossible.
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Old 02-24-2012, 05:11 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I was planning to go to Winter Park this Thursday. The forecast calls for 20to 35 mph winds with gusts of 45. What the max wind you have boarded in and would you recommend going in these conditions?

Lifts are likely to be on hold with those gusts...
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Old 02-24-2012, 05:32 PM   #15 (permalink)
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It was blowing hard at Snowbird on Tuesday and the worse thing about it is the poor visibility of blowing snow. Unless you really know the run I would be careful. I agree with neednsnow on hi-vis goggles, thats a must. Other then that, it aint so bad and can be an adventure. The worse I have been in is the summit at Mt Bachelor. Its like a white sand storm, where you actually have to tack down the mountain.
I was there weds and I think it was pretty gusty that day too, if you stay in the Gad Valley gladed areas you usually are shielded from it but yeah it can be downright miserable certain areas.
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I personally hate riding in wind. Makes me nervous to be on the lifts, and being all of 105 lbs, it blows me over a lot if it's really gusting hard.
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Old 02-24-2012, 06:08 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I'd rather it rain than be super windy.
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Old 02-25-2012, 11:47 AM   #18 (permalink)
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I hate that feeling when I'm on a lift on a windy day, and a sudden gust of wind feels like it is going to rip my snowboard right off the binding of my attached foot...(picturing a loose snowboard flying from the lift)

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Old 03-01-2012, 06:05 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Don't know the MPH but I got off the lift and then a gust of wind came. I was trying to get over to the side of the lift but literally could not move forward
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Old 03-01-2012, 09:18 PM   #20 (permalink)
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When i boarded the Remarkables in NZ a car was literally blown off the road into a ditch it was blowing that hard, apparently the driver decided to ignore the chains sign and on one of the exposed corners he was pushed into a mountain side ditch. Bloody lucky it wasn't blowing the other way off the mountain side. Needless to say when we got to the top it was a hike day as the lifts were not turning.
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