Wildcat Mountain up in New Hampshire was closed yesterday due to bitter cold and concern for the safety of their guests with wind chills resulting in -50 degree temps. They are back to spinning lifts today but it just goes to show the how frigid it has been in the North East. Be careful if you are out skiing and watch the video below to understand frostbite and how to prevent it:
Quick story time about skiing in extreme cold. Back in the day I was skiing with Unofficial’s founder at Stowe Mountain in Vermont on a wicked cold January day. In the parking lot my car thermometer read -19 and the wind was whipping.
We rode the gondola up and when we got out and we were met with a pissed off ski patroller who asked “What the heck are you two doing?” We responded “Skiing of course” to which he replied “No you are not because if you’re skiing that means I have to be out there too. Take your run and go home.” Turns out we were the only people who had braved the cold that day and were the sole skiers on the mountain.
After a momentary chat we decided the patroller was in the right and we should tuck tail back to Burlington after we took our run down Gondolier. About a quarter of the way down Gondolier my eyelids froze shut and I had to take off my goggles to wipe away the ice crystals. Afterwards we warmed up with Mountain Ales and free popcorn slathered in hot sauce at The Shed and agreed not to do that again. College.