If you cover all layers of skin, and wear hi-visibility goggles, you should make-out ok. There will be shelter from the wind in the trees, and there should be fewer people on the mountain. Start recognizing trends in how the snow is deposited. Follow those trends to find the fluff and avoid the funk.
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As long as the lift isn't on a wind hold I'll ride it. It's only cold on the lift. Once I'm riding, I rarely ever notice the wind, even on a really windy day.
Wind and Snow is what fancy gear is for and pussies to stay home. I run hotter n fuck tho, I'd ride in about 14f all the time if I had my druthers.
and FWIW, if you are paying a chunk of change for a WP ticket, they OFTEN close the top lift (Panoramic Express, which takes you to the big wide bowl above treeline) due to wind there, so if that is important to your dollar value, it's worth considering. Most of the mountain stays open just not that lift on windy days.
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Last edited by snowklinger; 02-21-2012 at 02:46 AM.
Hakkoda is regularly 50+ MPH. They run the lift up to 59MPH winds, so there is a good opportunity to get some wind boarding in. I don't mind it personally but if you aren't covered head to toe with something you can get frostbite quick. I got it on the top of my ear after one of those days out here. swelled up and turned white
i did baker one day, and the wind was so strong to stop me in my tracks… people would simply stop, turn the other way, and lay down until the gust stops. it was quite the experience.
There are a couple of notorious places where it just screams and scours. I've been blown backwards getting off the chair ramp...the best is not to lay down but get the hell out of that spot. The upside, there are then some very good wind blown stashes.