Anyone experience a white-out?
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.