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Riding in rain

wanted to get your opinions on riding in rain. I've never done it before but am looking to experience it to see how it is next week up in vermont and given the temperature won't be too cold (mid 40s to low 30s), the rain shouldn't ice up right? But in general, is it really dangerous/hazardous? Should I stay away?
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its wet, its hard to keep dry, it can be slushy, it can be whiteout puking on top and pouring at the bottom, there won't be many ppl on the hill, probably no lift lines, u will be considered either hardcore or a gaper, bring dry clothes to change into, wear garbage bags, use warm wax
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Yeah, I call it the 'luck of the yuck' factor... conditions can be terrible, but because of the possibility of this, many people won't show up at all... so if conditions aren't that bad, the mountain is yours.
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Vermont this weekend isn't calling for rain on Sat anyhow, Friday it is and Sunday possibly later in the day. For this warm of weather it's not going back down to 30's, it is going to be high 40's to mid 50's, and quite warm. It's far better than ice and really hard packed conditions, think heavy wet powder. I enjoy it since on the ICE coast unless you live in VT, NH or ME you don't get many POW days and have to chase the snow mid-week to get some of it. It's mainly concrete hard packed and hurts like hell when you fall so spring snow is welcome usually to attempt moves you wouldn't in the other terrain conditions. Just wear your normal snowpants and either a hoodie or a waterproof shell jacket so long it doesn't roast ya.

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I cant stand snowboarding in the rain for one reason.

My goggles get all wet and if its still cold out the water droplets partially freeze to my goggles, you cant smear them off or it makes it worse.

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it's annoying if they shut start shutting down some of the lifts...
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Riding in the rain is not that great. If u do go get a garbage bag and a cloth to wipe your goggles with. The snow will be very slow, but the great thing is that u can learn new things because it will be ridiculously forgiving. For some reason riding pipe in the rain is actually good, it's a lot better than u would think.
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hows the visibility in rain, seems like it wouldn't be as bad as snow, but i have never ridden in rain so i wouldn't know
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hows the visibility in rain, seems like it wouldn't be as bad as snow, but i have never ridden in rain so i wouldn't know
If it's pouring it's impossible to see, but if it's just sprinkiling it isn't to bad. The only problem is that your goggles will fog up very quickly and we all know this is very frustrating.
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