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Old 02-27-2011, 02:03 PM   #21 (permalink)
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extremely windy, extremely cold, same old ice, WITH snowmaking.... shit felt like thousands of razor blades bouncing off my cheeks ... hurt like a mofo
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Old 02-27-2011, 03:06 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Worst snow conditions I've had have been in Tahoe..., which were probably nothing compared to the Ice Coast.

Worst weather conditions? Well, it's a known fact here that the best powder days involve some of the worst weather conditions. Friday for example, was -10, -30+ windchill at the top of the lift, but there was some great powder. At least it was sunny then, normally it's foggier then shit, and you can't see 10 feet in front of you.

Opening day this season was pretty awful, the snow conditions weren't too bad but there was freezing rain, which caused your goggles to freeze over every 30 seconds, leaving you totally blind.
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Old 02-27-2011, 08:57 PM   #23 (permalink)
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I know that people dont like riding in granular or, what looks like what you get in a snowcone, wet granular, but MAN was today 100000000% better than friday. They groomed the heck out of the resort, DIDNT GROOM after that and let the skiers just scrape it all to heck and back. It was tough to ride on but taught me control bigtime. From level to 1' of granular stuff that tosses you, with a bit of ice here and there.

SOOO much better than the SOLID ICE that I was attempting to ride on Friday.

3 !!! runs down, and it destroyed my ptex. I have hairs on my edges all over now. Perfectly waxed before I went out that night too. Glad I didnt torture my board anymore that day.

honestly, there was less ice patches that I normally experience even on the steps. So if you end up one day going and it's an iceberg, have faith your ski resorts crew will fix her up for the next sessions.

Typical spring conditions. It was about 60 degrees too! They predicted 45 as a high. Weather people. Hopefully they will screw up the part about the heavy rain coming tonight The hill is looking low my friends. The cat trail next to this long slope I learned on was about 10' below the main slope, now it's about 5'. They lost ALOT of snow in the past few days.
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Old 02-28-2011, 03:13 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Worst conditions so far:

My GF and I were at our local(est) resort this year. There are only the t-hook style lift at this resort, and the slope going up the hill were 100% ice. This mountain is also VERY steep going up some places.

Just as we are on top of the steepest climb, a big chunk of ice (roughly 2x1x1 feet) comes sliding down in the middle of our path (WTF). I ollie the thing, but that gets my GF out of balance so we fall down. No biggie was my first thought. The problem was we were still going uphill, and it was sooo icy. We start sliding down, head first, the 150 ft long slope people are coming up. I went head first into some guy with skies (thank god for mye helmet), so I stopped 3/4 way down. My GF fell off a small cliff of ice and got scrapes from her waist up to her chest, needless to say she was black and blue the following week.

It was unreal for me, and I am glad my GF is a tough chick. If it was a crowded day things could have gone so much worse.
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Old 02-14-2012, 04:16 PM   #25 (permalink)
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It snowed 3" a couple days ago, so I went to the local hill, just to find that there were 30mph winds at the top. The wind was moving the snow up hill, it looked like a desert. Anyways, that shit sucked, nothing like going to down hill with the wind pushing against you, you barely move.
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Old 02-14-2012, 04:33 PM   #26 (permalink)
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-40 celcius, old icy eastcoast snow, snow making guns on the whole time, pelting you from the chair with freezing water. It was also super windy, I forget numbers but it was gusting to the 80 kmh, shut down the chair at 3 ish and everyone called it a day.
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Some of the worst conditions I have ever seen:

Canada Olympic Park, on the weekdays its open till 9pm. However, during early and late season, when the temp is above zero and then drops bellow zero by 6pm; it gets dangerous.

The entire hill becomes ice (not hard hard compact snow), but ICE. You can't even hold an edge on the hill. Some times I am supprised they are even allowed to open the hill.

There was one day, the half pipe was about two inches of clear ice from top to bottom. It looked like a skating rink to me.
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Old 02-14-2012, 04:51 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Worst snow conditions I've had have been in Tahoe..., which were probably nothing compared to the Ice Coast.

Worst weather conditions? Well, it's a known fact here that the best powder days involve some of the worst weather conditions. Friday for example, was -10, -30+ windchill at the top of the lift, but there was some great powder. At least it was sunny then, normally it's foggier then shit, and you can't see 10 feet in front of you.

Opening day this season was pretty awful, the snow conditions weren't too bad but there was freezing rain, which caused your goggles to freeze over every 30 seconds, leaving you totally blind.
Fog, holy shit. Had an awesome powder day last season up at Powder Mtn, but you couldn't see the chair infront of you on the lift. At the top you couldn't even risk tree runs because you couldn't see shit. Me and my buddy were eventually at the point of thinking, 'Where the hell is the lift?' Fun factor was pretty low, you have to go fast enough to not get stuck in the pow, but not so fast you hit the people/trees/whatever 10 feet infront of you that are hidden in the fog.
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Old 02-14-2012, 05:45 PM   #29 (permalink)
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The Ice Storm of '98.

2 days of freezing rain and lots of it. And then a flash freeze.

I sent my staff home, but heard that it was snowing farther north. The reports were wrong! So wrong!

I made one run on the afternoon of day one, 2 inches of solid, clear bullet proof everywhere and growing. A zamboni operator would have been proud. Harder to stand up unstrapped because boots have no edge. They closed down because of the big chunks that were falling off the lift cable

I crawled home in my 4x4 at 20km/h and was white knuckled all the way.
A state of emergency was declared as I finally made it to my driveway.
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Old 02-14-2012, 08:35 PM   #30 (permalink)
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im not sure whats worse, a blue bird day where every single run is just iced over, or a freezing cold day where the falling snow is little chunks of ice and the wind is blowing to hard it A. Destroys any exposed skin in seconds and B. it prevents you from moving faster then 2 mph down an exposed cat track because you are getting blown back and sideways. its a toss up. shitty snow conditions, or shitty weather conditions
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