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Old 01-24-2013, 08:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've dealt with -35 wind chills at Sugarbush (real temp was about 0). But I checked Stowe, which is always windy anyway, and they are reporting a REAL temp of -20 today, with winds gusting to 40-45. That's downright dangerous. Damn. And I just got a new helmet and installed my Skullcandy speakers in the earpads. Sounds awesome! I was looking forward to it, and the wife has the day off tomorrow. But it doesn't look like it's getting any better for the next few days. At least in the teens on Sunday, that's not too bad. This sucks...I missed all last season because of foot surgery, now I've only been out five days because the weather has sucked.
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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with the right gear and layers it can be done comfortably. but it realistically turns into a run or 2 then break, a run or 2 then break, then maybe a run, then beers...

EDIT: if you fall more than 3 times, or usually stop on the side of the trail halfway down, you'll be very cold lol
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I've dealt with -35 wind chills at Sugarbush (real temp was about 0). But I checked Stowe, which is always windy anyway, and they are reporting a REAL temp of -20 today, with winds gusting to 40-45. That's downright dangerous. Damn. And I just got a new helmet and installed my Skullcandy speakers in the earpads. Sounds awesome! I was looking forward to it, and the wife has the day off tomorrow. But it doesn't look like it's getting any better for the next few days. At least in the teens on Sunday, that's not too bad. This sucks...I missed all last season because of foot surgery, now I've only been out five days because the weather has sucked.
That does suck! I would not mess with a temp of -20 and winds in the 45mph range. That sounds like bad news, and I can't see it being enjoyable. I was out two weekends ago with -15 windchill and high winds, and although I was fine, some members of my group were visibly (and audibly) miserable, which kind of defeats the whole purpose of snowboarding, which is to have fun.
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Cold temps aren't the problem for me. It's the flipping wind. Gusts at that speed combined with those temps can suck real fast.
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Cold temps aren't the problem for me. It's the flipping wind. Gusts at that speed combined with those temps can suck real fast.
The wind at Stowe literally gave me the push I needed to ride my first black diamond many years ago. I was standing up top of the Front Four, planning on just riding by to do Lord or Ridge View, and a massive gust hit me just right and sailed me over the initial drop in, to the top of Hayride (or Haychute, depending on what map you're looking at). It was so windy I was more afraid to unstrap my board and try to walk back out than I was of the steep, so I said WTF and went for it. Loved it!
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The wind at Stowe literally gave me the push I needed to ride my first black diamond many years ago. I was standing up top of the Front Four, planning on just riding by to do Lord or Ridge View, and a massive gust hit me just right and sailed me over the initial drop in, to the top of Hayride (or Haychute, depending on what map you're looking at). It was so windy I was more afraid to unstrap my board and try to walk back out than I was of the steep, so I said WTF and went for it. Loved it!
Ahaha well then go for it!

I despise wind on even on warm days, so it's really just an antagonist to me.






Effing wind.
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That is dangerous cold. Anytime it dips below zero you need to take it seriously. Layer up, watch for frost nip on exposed skin. Make trips inside as mentioned to warm up. Have fun, but be sensible about it.
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I've always found getting wet to be more uncomfortable than straight cold. But the here on the wet coast, "cold" means anything below freezing level.
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They reported on the news this morning that several East coast resorts were closing because it was too cold to ride. I think that is extreme, but measures have to be taken by the rider/skiier to stay warm!
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-28C (-18.5F) with a wind chill down to -40C (-40F) here this morning

Certainly rideable, but as mentioned, you need to take this kind of cold seriously.

Ride with a friend and inspect each other's face for frostbite in each and every lift line. Sounds gay, but you'll regret it if you don't since you won't feel it.

Personally, having frostbitten the thigh on my lead leg before, I also make it a point to hit the washroom several times a day, drop trou and look for the telltale signs of waxy, yellowish patches
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