Great snow but cold weather

Great snow but cold weather

Post by Ace » Wed, 01 Feb 2012 19:17:39


Probably anyone reading this is aware of the epic amounts of snow that
have been falling throughout the alps, particularly here in
Switzerland, but a chance remark just made me go and look at the
weather forecast (for Engelberg) for the coming weekend.

Overnight temperature on Friday/Saturday night, at 3000m, is forecast
to be -38C (-55C windchill). I don't think I've ever experienced quite
such low temperatures in Europe before. Canada, yes, but not over
here.

Even the daytime high for the village level is only expected to rise
to around -18C or so. And I'll be standing around teaching :-(

So I'd advise anyone travelling soon to pack every item of warm
clothing they've got!

This has been a Public Service Announcement.

--
Ace
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Great snow but cold weather

Post by Mike Clar » Wed, 01 Feb 2012 20:26:50



Quote:
> Probably anyone reading this is aware of the epic amounts of snow that
> have been falling throughout the alps, particularly here in
> Switzerland, but a chance remark just made me go and look at the
> weather forecast (for Engelberg) for the coming weekend.

[snip]

I see that training for the Men's Downhill in Chamonix has been
cancelled because of the snowfall.

Mike
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Great snow but cold weather

Post by BrritSk » Wed, 01 Feb 2012 22:51:45


Quote:
> Probably anyone reading this is aware of the epic amounts of snow that
> have been falling throughout the alps, particularly here in
> Switzerland, but a chance remark just made me go and look at the
> weather forecast (for Engelberg) for the coming weekend.

> Overnight temperature on Friday/Saturday night, at 3000m, is forecast
> to be -38C (-55C windchill). I don't think I've ever experienced quite
> such low temperatures in Europe before. Canada, yes, but not over
> here.

> Even the daytime high for the village level is only expected to rise
> to around -18C or so. And I'll be standing around teaching :-(

> So I'd advise anyone travelling soon to pack every item of warm
> clothing they've got!

> This has been a Public Service Announcement.

It's even snowing right now at our house just under 400m asl, 15 minutes
from the coast at Sanremo. Not settling much tho'...

 
 
 

Great snow but cold weather

Post by Colin Irvin » Thu, 02 Feb 2012 09:58:23

Quote:

>Probably anyone reading this is aware of the epic amounts of snow that
>have been falling throughout the alps, particularly here in
>Switzerland, but a chance remark just made me go and look at the
>weather forecast (for Engelberg) for the coming weekend.

>Overnight temperature on Friday/Saturday night, at 3000m, is forecast
>to be -38C (-55C windchill).

Brrr. Cold enough to snap off *** hair.

--
Colin Irvine
http://SportToday.org/

 
 
 

Great snow but cold weather

Post by Ace » Thu, 02 Feb 2012 22:18:14

On Wed, 01 Feb 2012 00:58:23 +0000, Colin Irvine

Quote:


>>Probably anyone reading this is aware of the epic amounts of snow that
>>have been falling throughout the alps, particularly here in
>>Switzerland, but a chance remark just made me go and look at the
>>weather forecast (for Engelberg) for the coming weekend.

>>Overnight temperature on Friday/Saturday night, at 3000m, is forecast
>>to be -38C (-55C windchill).

>Brrr. Cold enough to snap off *** hair.

I wouldn't know about that.
--
Ace
Ski Club of Great Britain http://SportToday.org/
All opinions expressed are those of the poster and in no way reflect those of the Ski Club or its members
 
 
 

Great snow but cold weather

Post by PipL » Sat, 04 Feb 2012 06:19:34

Quote:

>On Wed, 01 Feb 2012 00:58:23 +0000, Colin Irvine

>>Brrr. Cold enough to snap off *** hair.

>I wouldn't know about that.

No unexpected draughts round the back of the neck either, then?
--

Pip

 
 
 

Great snow but cold weather

Post by PipL » Tue, 27 Mar 2012 04:32:21

Quote:

>Probably anyone reading this is aware of the epic amounts of snow that
>have been falling throughout the alps, particularly here in
>Switzerland, but a chance remark just made me go and look at the
>weather forecast (for Engelberg) for the coming weekend.

>Overnight temperature on Friday/Saturday night, at 3000m, is forecast
>to be -38C (-55C windchill). I don't think I've ever experienced quite
>such low temperatures in Europe before. Canada, yes, but not over
>here.

>Even the daytime high for the village level is only expected to rise
>to around -18C or so. And I'll be standing around teaching :-(

>So I'd advise anyone travelling soon to pack every item of warm
>clothing they've got!

>This has been a Public Service Announcement.

How things change. The week before last, while snow cover was plentiful, was
blisteringly hot. Slush by midday and much of the entire easy-to-get-at parts
of the mountain were so skied-out that the snow differed little from on-piste.

Still had a good time; some foolery in the snow parks, though the small
half-pipe in the Platieres park had been allowed to go. This was a major
disappointment because it was one of the reasons I went to the 3V this year.
The big half-pipe in the same park was way beyond my abilities.

Some novice-friendly boxes were fun, but I still haven't got the knack of
riding edgeways - the snowboard just scoots away from me. I was given a hint
as to how to sort this, but after having fallen off a box earlier (I still
have the lump & huge graze), I was a bit too cautious to try it properly.

I also had a cross-country ski lesson: I'm glad now that I didn't book the
Norwegian tour holiday that I was planning. It's so different and much harder
than you'd think. To be fair, part of the problem was the fact that I'd hired
'classic' skis & boots, and the boots were so soft that it was hard to balance
and edge for skating.

I joined a group who'd been taking lessons all week, but generally managed to
keep up, though I fell over a few times. The instruction was very good, which
has somewhat restored my faith in the ESF. I've got a much better idea of the
steps, equipment and what's involved, now.
--

Pip