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Old 03-16-2008, 11:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I was riding at Whistler/Blackcombe today, and I was having a blast going up to the upper blue runs and just riding all over the place. Good thing I was there early, too, because the weather was clear, and I had plenty of riding time before 2 pm, when it happened.

The fog rolled it. And I don't just mean some namby pamby overcast with reduced visibility. I mean, no visibility. You couldn't tell the snow from the air!! It was horrible. I lost all depth perception, making riding damn near impossible and scary as hell. There were times when I would just freefall a few feet because I went right over a small lip, without having any clue it was about to happen. Finally, I had to just "pendulum" my way down, because I was too scared to just end up going right off the side of the mountain (which nearly happened!). I found plenty of riders stopped along the way, and so I asked them if it was just me or if they were having the same issues, all of whom replied that they found it next to impossible to see, as well. And to add that we were at the near top of Blackcombe, with a LOT of mileage to cover before reaching an area below the fog... well, it was something.

I just want to know if anyone else has been through something like this, and if it's just me as a beginner/unexperienced that caused me to find this so frightening, or if this really is a terrifying situation to find yourself in, regardless of skill level.
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Old 03-17-2008, 12:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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dude the same thing happened to me today on the east coast.. i'd say 20-30 feet visibility at best! SCARY SHIT! there is not depht perception, and too many people wearing freakin winter camo... they were like fucking invisible.
i was trying to use gps for high speed runs.. but the fog kinda hampered it and only got to open it up on the lower mountain where i got a 45.7 mph reading.. i think i have a few more mphs inthe tank

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Old 03-17-2008, 01:03 AM   #3 (permalink)
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This happened to me skiing a couple years ago. I got caught in a total blizzard on top of the chair lift. I thought it was awesome. The wind was in my face so it slowed me down a lot and even pushed me backwards a couple times. Freaking cold though. If I had been on a more difficult trail I probably would have been worried but it was a green or blue trail.
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Old 03-17-2008, 02:51 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Its happenes fairly frequently, the difference is if you know the area and terrain; also depends on white-out due to fog or snow or face shots. Of course the preference is bluebird deep pow face shots, next is snow/blizzard white outs...landings are usually soft and actually arn't going that fast; and lastly fog but then you just got to feel the FORCE. There is also the flat light condition. IMO white-out dumpage is more disorienting because you can't feel the snow and you are just gliding along verses fog you can usually feel the chop/groom/ice and etc. IMHO bluebird is over-rated, given the choice I much rather have white-out puking dumpage than bluebird (less peeps more pow).
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Old 03-17-2008, 05:31 AM   #5 (permalink)
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many times. the worst was when i couldn't even see my hand when out stretched at arm's length

usually tho, it just means that you cannot tell when you are moving or not, until you crash.

not so much scarey as just plain out annoying! just gotta keep an eye out for the piste markers is all.... and keep yer fingers crossed!
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Old 03-17-2008, 08:10 AM   #6 (permalink)
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i guess ive never had it THAT bad.ive always been able to board semi comfortably...
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Old 03-17-2008, 10:44 AM   #7 (permalink)
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i should have some video of it this afternoon, that fog was weird.. especially when i had to watch out for other new yorkers and jersey'ers
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Old 04-12-2009, 08:05 PM   #8 (permalink)
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where i ride at mt ruapehu in new zealand its whiteout like half the days of the season. you just have to get over it and ride
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Old 04-12-2009, 08:42 PM   #9 (permalink)
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We have had it so bad before that when we were leaving the Mt. I had to turn off the lights on my truck and open the passenger door and use a flashlight to ride the edge.The same night a girl that works there drove right off the edge and slid over 200 ft. down We know this because the tow truck could not get her with his 200 ft. of cable.
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Old 04-12-2009, 09:00 PM   #10 (permalink)
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The top at Alpine Meadows last yr in March. Brother was familiar with the terrain whereas it was my first time. He disappeared maybe 15ft in front of me. I remember I thought to myself, "that fucker." I was blown over twice while not moving, trying to figure out which direction to go. Alpine closed for the day when I got down.
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