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High winds

Post by Scott P » Thu Jan 14, 2021 6:48 am

Chris Tomer shared this on FB:
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Check out the winds on Peak 6 early this morning. The 13 and 14ers were likely windier too.
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Re: High winds

Post by CaptCO » Thu Jan 14, 2021 8:49 am

Fox 31 is entertaining. Does this ever effect resort skiing?
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Re: High winds

Post by Chicago Transplant » Thu Jan 14, 2021 8:51 am

CaptCO wrote:
Thu Jan 14, 2021 8:49 am
Fox 31 is entertaining. Does this ever effect resort skiing?
Yes, they will shut lifts down if the winds are too high and dangerous. Especially areas where the lift is more exposed to the wind, i.e. Vail Back Bowls or lifts that run about treeline like some of the lifts at Loveland, Copper, Breck, etc.

Also if the wind loading pushes their avalanche danger too high they close terrain to mitigate.
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Re: High winds

Post by JChitwood » Thu Jan 14, 2021 10:58 am

CaptCO wrote:
Thu Jan 14, 2021 8:49 am
Fox 31 is entertaining. Does this ever effect resort skiing?
Does The Captain really think that severe winds don’t affect a ski area?
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Re: High winds

Post by nsaladin » Thu Jan 14, 2021 12:09 pm

JChitwood wrote:
Thu Jan 14, 2021 10:58 am
CaptCO wrote:
Thu Jan 14, 2021 8:49 am
Fox 31 is entertaining. Does this ever effect resort skiing?
Does The Captain really think that severe winds don’t affect a ski area?
He looks down on resort skiers, from the high peaks above... I recall him pleading for Blazintoes to teach him how to ski, and apparently he skipped the bunny hill and resort and is doing first descents in the Chugach.
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Re: High winds

Post by CaptCO » Thu Jan 14, 2021 12:38 pm

Haha! Thanks for the smile

CT - I was wondering at what point it’s considered dangerous, thanks! Stoked for resort season next winter
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Re: High winds

Post by bergsteigen » Thu Jan 14, 2021 2:58 pm

Ski resorts can be dangerous below tree line too.
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Re: High winds

Post by SkaredShtles » Thu Jan 14, 2021 3:14 pm

Apparently they stopped some TRAINS in WY due to the high winds. :shock: :shock:
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Re: High winds

Post by Tornadoman » Thu Jan 14, 2021 3:25 pm

SkaredShtles wrote:
Thu Jan 14, 2021 3:14 pm
Apparently they stopped some TRAINS in WY due to the high winds. :shock: :shock:
Each train type has 'wind ratings' which engineers come up with based on weight/load/car type, etc. Empty double stacked train cars are rated for a much lower wind speed than heavy single stack cars. Coal cars are among the most difficult to be blown over. Ratings to slow down/stop a train might vary from 50ish mph wind gusts to well over 90 mph depending on the above. Union Pacific track between Laramie and Cheyenne Wyoming is notorious for high winds and that area often has to stop trains. I used to work in the weather business and would talk to the conductors who were held up due to high winds, I don't think the conductors from Southeast Wyoming liked me very much as I gave them a lot of bad news. :lol:

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Re: High winds

Post by SkaredShtles » Thu Jan 14, 2021 3:28 pm

Tornadoman wrote:
Thu Jan 14, 2021 3:25 pm
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Re: High winds

Post by ltlFish99 » Thu Jan 14, 2021 5:49 pm

JChitwood wrote:
Thu Jan 14, 2021 10:58 am
CaptCO wrote:
Thu Jan 14, 2021 8:49 am
Fox 31 is entertaining. Does this ever effect resort skiing?
Does The Captain really think that severe winds don’t affect a ski area?
A friend and I were st keystone once when they stopped running some lifts due to high winds.
It did not help us much as we were still on the chairs. Fortunately, we only had to sit there for about 20 minutes then they started them up again.
This seems obvious, the upper lifts at a-basin shut down one afternoon because of lightning.
Of course, that place has a lot of high exposed terrain.
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Re: High winds

Post by nyker » Fri Jan 15, 2021 4:34 pm

Around here, we had a storm with high winds right before the recent snow. I was planning to hit a peak the next morning, then opted not to.
Heard these coming down during the night. It was scary listening to the creaking and cracking as they came down in the dark.
The winds topped out at about 70mph the weather reports said, these were decent sized trees.
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