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Re: Cold winter this time?

Posted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:21 pm
by MN Hoser
Raining really heavy right now. It's supposed to cool off so I'm hoping they can make snow this week. Maybe I can get on snow this weekend.

Jay

Re: Cold winter this time?

Posted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:57 am
by Neuro
Quite good snow in Hochfilzen for the Biathlon event where it's not uncommon to see green grass, so it seems Europe got it this winter. At least the start of it.

Re: Cold winter this time?

Posted: Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:17 am
by dcpattie
If we had a trail with snowmaking in northern Virginia we'd be skiing. 19 F (-7 C) this morning!

How hard would it be to cover a 1km loop?

Re: Cold winter this time?

Posted: Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:34 am
by Magnus Johansson
dcpattie wrote:If we had a trail with snowmaking in northern Virginia we'd be skiing. 19 F (-7 C) this morning!

How hard would it be to cover a 1km loop?

Snowmaking is not very easy or inexpensive. See for example https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snowmaking
But maybe you could initiate something up there in Nordic Virginia.

Re: Cold winter this time?

Posted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 7:21 am
by Neuro
So how is the snow situation where you live? Was the snow late to arrive this season?

Re: Cold winter this time?

Posted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:27 pm
by Magnus Johansson
Neuro wrote:So how is the snow situation where you live? Was the snow late to arrive this season?

It came and went several times in December and January, but February and March this far have been great with a steadily increasing amount of snow. We now have around 40 cm compact snow.

Re: Cold winter this time?

Posted: Mon Apr 02, 2018 5:53 am
by Neuro
Well here in Norway it's been a fantastic winter from early skiable snow, to big amounts and relatively stable temperatures which produced top tracks all over. They say it's the best winter for 12 years.

To top it off, the Easter holiday had the most gorgeous weather although the risk of avalanche was high in the mountain with some fatalitis which put a damper on things. The tracks are still skiiable for weeks to come around Oslo.

Hope I'm not pouring salt in the wounds for those who have had a less than ideal winter, but worth summarizing the thread and pointing out there are some positives in this time of climate change. Let's see what next seson brings. Hope it's not 3-4 bad years till next winter like this.

Re: Cold winter this time?

Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:19 am
by JeffOYB
We lost our winter early here in Michigan but then got it back -- but only up north. They've been getting a fresh foot of snow every week for awhile now. Not spring like either, but 15-20degF with wind. Kind of crazy! I've gone up a couple times to the newly re-opened Mt. Mancelona and to Nub's Nob to do telemark skiing.

But we did get more skiing downstate this past weekend! We got an inch of ice and glop and it skied great until it started raining on it then it slowed. A friend got in 10 miles on it before the rain. Sometimes rain is fine for skiing -- this time it wasn't. The conditions were comical but they worked!

Re: Cold winter this time?

Posted: Sun Nov 18, 2018 2:05 pm
by Neuro
Last winter was extremely good here in Europe, but not so good in America and I believe the opposite the year before. Could this be a trend?

Snow is nowhere in sight here in Norway and November has already set some record highs, whereas I hear people are already skiing on the east coast over there.

I mean the gulf stream surely has something to do with it.

Re: Cold winter this time?

Posted: Sun Nov 18, 2018 2:26 pm
by trotro
It is good on the east side of the Alps at the moment, bad on the west (French Alps). A consequence of a hot summer and a too hot Mediterranean sea.

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Re: Cold winter this time?

Posted: Mon Nov 19, 2018 8:25 pm
by MN Hoser
It's the opposite of last year here in Minnesota. So, it's been consistently cool (the normal of 20 years ago). A few snowfalls have gone through, particularly up north (again, like normal of 20 years ago). Right now:

-2 km artificial snow in a normal suburb of Minneapolis
-0.4 artificial snow (with a number of other large snow piles) in Minneapolis
-Making snow in southern Minneapolis
-Just enough snow/ice and cold temps that no motorcycles are out (grin)
-Good early season skiing in NW and NE MN (depends on location)
-Rock skiing on the Birkie trail with 1 km of artificial snow at the start
-Excellent (like a meter of snow) in the UP of MI. A lot snow.

The weather forecast is for more cold weather. :lol:

Jay

Re: Cold winter this time?

Posted: Mon Nov 19, 2018 8:32 pm
by MN Hoser
Oh, here's a picture I took yesterday.

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Those are marks from ice skates and the ice is thin, but there IS ice.

Jay

Re: Cold winter this time?

Posted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 5:07 am
by dcpattie
We've had a cold start to the 2018/19 winter in Northern Virginia. We've already received 3 inches of snow and the forecast for Thanksgiving is 32/19F.

Re: Cold winter this time?

Posted: Fri Nov 23, 2018 7:47 am
by Neuro
MN Hoser wrote:Oh, here's a picture I took yesterday.

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Those are marks from ice skates and the ice is thin, but there IS ice.

Jay

Those marks from your skates?

Re: Cold winter this time?

Posted: Sun Nov 25, 2018 9:22 pm
by MN Hoser
Not mine, but the guy looked like he had new hockey skates.

Jay