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 Post subject: Conditions Fri 1/2/09
 Post Posted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 11:19 am 
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Hey, It's Warming Up Out Here !

"Warm" is a relative term some days, and compared to yesterday, it is definitely warmer today at -18C to start out with and rising to -13C or so, just after noon.

That will continue to improve somewhat over the course of the next couple of days and thank goodness, there are no "plus" values in the temps, so we will have nothing but stable and improving snow surfaces for the foreseeable future.

The open run count is at 80 so far and there is a very nice mix of trails on all sides of the Mountain.

With any luck, we will see snow today. It will probably be in the form of squalls that pass through, but who knows, maybe it will just start and stay snowing for a while, we'll just have to see.

There is ongoing Snow Making around the Mountain, so be careful going through those areas.

FUNCTIONAL "HOW TO HINT"...

If you do pass Snow Guns, do so SLOWLY to prevent airborne snow particles from icing up your goggle lenses.

If you go too quickly through the falling blown snow, your lenses will "run into" the airborne particles, and those particles may or will stick to the lenses. This occurs because your FORWARD velocity is greater than the particles DOWNWARD velocity. There are only 2 ways to remove a film of snow particles stuck to your goggle lenses:

1) Scrape them off. This is a mechanical process that can damage the lens coatings and leave visible scratches that can greatly reduce clear vision through the lens. Another thing that can happen there is that you end up smearing mushy stuff all over the lenses causing blurred, unsafe vision.

2) Go into a warm area, let the lenses thaw out, dry them off and head back out. This is the only safe way to protect your goggle lenses, BUT, it takes a lot of time and it will cost you at least 1 run.

The moral of the story is: If you go SLOWLY around the areas of falling Snow Blowing, you can avoid particles hitting and sticking to your lenses. Basically, when you go slowly enough, the particles DOWNWARD velocity is greater than your FORWARD velocity, so you don't "run into", or get "hit" by them.

It takes only a few seconds to slow down, saves either damage or the need to go in and ultimately is far less hassle.

Watch out and around for traffic in Snow Making areas, because people who may not be as smart as you are, may not be able to see as well and could end up in your path.

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