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05-31-2011 01:00 AM
annabananasplit
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Originally Posted by Ttam View Post
I remember my first time in whiteout. Runs seem to last forever. I distinctly remember not being able to tell what way was up. Bumps jostling you around. As snowwolf said. Ive fallen just standing up because you have no reference to anything. Or my favorite. You think your stopped and your actually traveling at a good rate of speed and sit down.. Thats fun stuff right there
The part where you can't tell that you're moving at all and certainly have no idea how fast you're actually going is the worst! I still don't like whiteout conditions, but I've gotten more used to them and if I'm in a place I'm familiar with I don't get *quite* as freaked out but I constantly hear people around me experiencing it for the first time commenting about how they can't tell they're moving or how it looks like they're going uphill when they're really moving at half- warp speed down the hill... It's disconcerting to say the least.


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Originally Posted by HoboMaster View Post
I've got the 2nd to lightest tint lenses for flat-light on my Oakley Splices, and while it certainly makes a difference, sometimes theres just nothing you can do. My mountain has terribad visibility like 70% of the time, so I've gotten really good at Jedi-Snowboarding. Also, if the visibility is really bad go hop in the trees or stick to a tree-line, it gives your eyes something to focus on and makes a big difference.
lol @ Jedi-Snowboarding



Fayewolf, congrats on making it through the day! Keeping your legs super noodly as you said helps, and throwing in speed checks frequently is a good idea on these kinds of days. Still, you never know when you'll hit a patch of ice or, like me on Hood this morning, the edge of the cat track and go flying in a very ungraceful sort of way. These days are good for people-watching and hot-chocolate-drinking if you ask me
05-30-2011 07:39 PM
Qball Yup saturday we got there at 8:30 and we were done by 10:30. Just wasn't worth it.
05-30-2011 07:38 PM
NWBoarder It's been said, but I'll say it again, flat light and whiteout conditions are the worst way to ride. It is absolutely no fun not being able to see where you are going. Living in Washington, I have spent too many days in shitty light conditions. Since I don't ride 100 days in a season, I tough it out usually, but if it's too bad I'll sit in the lodge for a while and see if it clears at all before calling it a day.
05-30-2011 02:06 PM
Ttam I remember my first time in whiteout. Runs seem to last forever. I distinctly remember not being able to tell what way was up. Bumps jostling you around. As snowwolf said. Ive fallen just standing up because you have no reference to anything. Or my favorite. You think your stopped and your actually traveling at a good rate of speed and sit down.. Thats fun stuff right there
05-30-2011 01:18 PM
hellside Ride near objects that show definition of the slope like lift towers, tree or rock will help in flat light
05-30-2011 01:08 PM
HoboMaster I've got the 2nd to lightest tint lenses for flat-light on my Oakley Splices, and while it certainly makes a difference, sometimes theres just nothing you can do. My mountain has terribad visibility like 70% of the time, so I've gotten really good at Jedi-Snowboarding. Also, if the visibility is really bad go hop in the trees or stick to a tree-line, it gives your eyes something to focus on and makes a big difference.
05-30-2011 12:21 PM
fayewolf Yeah, perhaps no goggles will help in that situation.... On my last run, i got a bit dizzy just standing still, I thought that was really weird. I looked down onto the snow and cannot see any bumps, i just had to keep my knees super noodly, and of course, bumps were everywhere It was pretty traumatizing, but I think that's part of the learning process.
Argo, there was no way I can take off those goggles, it was so windy and the snow pellets were flying sidesways, it hurts my face!!
05-30-2011 06:51 AM
Argo I have actually started sliding my goggles.to the side.of.my head that the wind is hitting me and keeping my back to the wind as much as posible when its flat light and blowing snow. I can see so much better without my goggles on in those conditions even if I am squinting. Its hard to recover from a stray mogul at speed in icy conditions. If your somplace that is big enough, go on the less windy side of the mtn. If you have trees then go on runs protected by them.
05-30-2011 02:04 AM
Qball The flat light was terrible on hood today. No goggle lens is going to help when its really bad and you just got to be ready for bumps you can't see. People were still hitting the jumps though and at least one guy paid for it and way over shot the second jump. Some times you just gotta say it isnt worth gettin yourself hurt and call it a day.
05-30-2011 01:26 AM
BurtonAvenger Changing Oakley lenses is easy it's a pop and a pull and then lining up the new ones and a few snaps and your in.Little bit of practice and you're golden. My .02 though it's a little bit more expensive to get a second pair of Oakleys vs just getting another lens. Pink iridium is usually pretty good for snowing and flat light. But in a white out there's nothing you can do.

Ice and a heating pad become your friend.
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