what is the coldest WX you skied in?
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oldensign - DCSki Columnist
January 30, 2008
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Probally this has been asked before, but given the weather thought I would bring it up again.

What is the coldest temp you have skied in?

Me -5 at Stowe. Toe heaters....lots of toe heaters!
Roger Z
January 30, 2008
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-5 is nothing! The coldest I've ever skied in was Reagan's second inauguration weekend, at Wisp (January 1985). Temp was I don't know how cold- I think it was -25 the last morning we were there. I heard the wind chill dipped close to -90. The windchill was about -30 the second day of skiing. My step-dad had been skiing in upstate New York since 1977 and said he had never seen anything like it. Though he does say he skied one day at Snow Ridge and the temperature was -35, but it was sunny and there was no wind, so it *felt* worse at Wisp, even if it wasn't quite as cold.

When we were driving back, we celebrated in Allegheny County because the temperature was 1.
Taylormatt
January 30, 2008
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About 1990 at Killington. My college team mates and I were attending a Rossignol Race Camp. WC's were -50. Regular temps were well below zero. That was the most painful week of skiing I've ever had.
RobertW
January 30, 2008
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January 1982 - Killington VT -20 something air temp and 30+ MPH winds. Oddly enough, this was also one of the warmest places I have skied. 70 + in April/late 70's

Several times at 7 Springs during the "ice age" of 76-77-78 near -20
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kwillg6
January 30, 2008
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How about a MLK or president's day weekend in either 91 or 92. Was so damb cold the skis couldn't slide regardless of the wax/no waxing. We had to POLE our way down to the lift. I was at Silver Creek doing the ski school thing and I think it was a whole -35 F. Got up to -15 F that day. BRUTAL, I SAY! Then there was the infamous pre christmes freeze in 88 (I think but could have been 89) at the shoe. It was what I call 5 minute weather.... which is the time it takes a light beer to freeze into slush. \:o
fishnski
January 30, 2008
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You all are going to have to scale those Windchill figures back a little...Remember that they have revised the scale since then...Sooo Quit braggin...You wern't that cold after all!
Roger Z
January 30, 2008
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The guy who took us snowmobiling in Jackson Hole some years back said the coldest he had ever snowmobiled in was -62. Someone asked him why he led a group on a day like that. He said "because I was too poor not to." So what were his guests... too rich to know better? Sheesh.
Ullr
January 30, 2008
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Jan at Tremblant a couple of years back -25C (without windchill).

-50C at night, outdoor hot tub was great though.............
JimK - DCSki Columnist
January 30, 2008
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Feb 1979, Prez Weekend. I was on a ski bus trip run out of a little shop in Shirlington, VA (a branch of Alpine?). We spent the night in a hotel in Rutland, VT. When the bus left town next morning we passed a bank with an air temp reading of -37. I was young and crazy, skied all day at Killington, but bundled up big time including face mask. Believe high that day on mtn was in the minus teens, but little wind and bright sun as I remember.

We need more midwesterners to weigh in on this one for some truly impressive numbers:-)

PS: 80% of the comments I hear about Tremblant have to do with frigid temps:-o
tommo
January 30, 2008
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Well, then, I'll add to to the Tremblant stories. Christmas week 2000. On the 29th, it was 21 below (F) at the top and the wind was blowing probably 20 mph or so. Skis would barely move on green trails. You could do maybe 2 runs before being forced in. My kids, about 10 and 13 at the time, where unmoved by my "this is really great" attempts at motivation. On the other hand, at least the lift lines were short. Several days later, when the weather was more cooperative, the lines were world class terrible - an honest 45 minutes for most trips. Ugh...
Buckeye Skier
January 30, 2008
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Last year the first week of March in Vermont. At Burke the snow report said -22 in the morning. There wasn't much wind so it wasn't that bad. The next day at Stowe the wind was whipping, 20 mph or so. The morning low was -18 in Montpelier, probably colder at the mountain. I had a thermometer clipped to my coat. The mercury never came out of the little ball on the end all day.The thermometer only went down to -10. It wasn't as bad as thought it would be. Keeping your face covered with a mask was required. And the Gondi helped a lot also.
fishnski
January 30, 2008
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Woke up to 22 below at stowe Vermont during valentines week...Pissed the Ole Lady off about something & that was the Coldest 1st Few Chairlift rides in the History of Mankind!
tromano
January 30, 2008
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-10F at Mt. Ste. Anne in 2003. That was cold, windy, and super icy.
hockeydave
January 30, 2008
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-14F at Beaver Creek 2 years ago but the sun was out so it felt like -8F.
The Colonel - DCSki Supporter
January 30, 2008
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The coldest was in the 1970s at Mt. Sutton in the Eastern Townships of Canada just north of Vermont.
Actual air temp of -42F below both Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Little wind. Felt like a knife in the chest, nose froze inside, when you took a breath. Day in between we skied and the the high was a -23F. You skied a couple of runs and then went in to check for frostbite and warm up.
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Bumps
January 30, 2008
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Smugg's in Dec, I think it was 2004, We hit -20 to -30F range. I remember you had to be checked by the lift operator for frost bite before they would let you get on. That was the year I bought boot warmers.
Ullr
January 31, 2008
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Yep, my time at Tremblant all they had open the one day was the Gondola. Patrol stood at the unloading area, and forced you to go in after 3 runs.
songfta
February 5, 2008
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-21 (with wind chill to -44) at Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
George
February 5, 2008
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During Christmas to New Years week 1983 a high school ski trip took us to Quebec. We night skiied Mount Saint Anne with a -30 something condition and then warmed up in the windy sunshine of Mount Tremblant where we skied something in the -20 something range. What can I say we were 18.
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