Negative Freezing

By:  Greg
January 23, 2011 10:58 pm | Category: Skiing

The forecast temperature for the coldest part of this cold snap is “negative freezing.” I don’t just say that tongue and cheek either. Negative freezing is a technical term. It’s freezing (32F) but negative (-32F). That’s cold! What can one do to stay warm? Get the skins on your skis, and earn your schuss! Just be careful with any plastic equipment. As we found out this weekend plastic likes to break when it’s negative freezing.
Earn your schuss

If you move fast enough on the uphill, and changeover quickly, you can keep just enough warmth in your baselayers to avoid freezing to death before you start climbing again. If you’re having trouble moving fast enough may we suggest finding an especially heart-pumping line? Just after I snapped this picture, Ben broke a pole. Yeah it was that cold. Good thing the schuss was spicy!
heart pumping ski line

If you still are cold, try throwing a huck right into the middle of your line. That’ll get the blood flowing.
A mid line huck

No matter what you do to stay warm though, be sure to get a faceshot. Snow is a great insulator. It helps to get it in your face.
get a faceshot on cold days

The cold temperatures look to stay in place through at least the early part of this week, and then maybe a storm is on deck for mid week. Lionel? No matter what, you need to find a way to deal with these temps! The snow in New England is incredible right now, and it needs to be schussed. Thanks for checking out FIS!

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  1. MIcky O (ILOVE2SKI)
    wrote on January 23rd, 2011 at 11:42 pm  

    Very cool! [ Pun intended ;) ]

  2. Castlerock (Mike)
    wrote on January 24th, 2011 at 7:11 am  

    My touring partner broke a Marker Tour binding on the up skinning Camels Hump. Weak design point we believe.

  3. MarkerMan
    wrote on January 24th, 2011 at 7:20 am  

    One of the new bindings for this year? The tour12?

  4. Eric
    wrote on January 24th, 2011 at 9:54 am  

    MY friend was hiking up on snowshoes and had his ski boots in his bag. We got to the top and he couldn’t get his feet in the boots. The plastic had frozen stiff, so the tongue of the boot wouldn’t come out. He claims it was *almost* as fun to run down and ski on the back of his snowshoes.

    • MIcky O (ILOVE2SKI)
      wrote on January 24th, 2011 at 1:35 pm  

      Sounds pretty painful! haha

  5. Ricky
    wrote on January 24th, 2011 at 6:50 pm  

    How was the snow stability on this line?

    • Greg
      wrote on January 25th, 2011 at 6:20 am  

      I’ll put it this way: we were glad we knew how to find islands of safety.

  6. Adrian
    wrote on January 24th, 2011 at 10:06 pm  

    Great shots.
    Yea, the cold isn’t too bad, as long as you keep movin.

  7. Lionel Hutz
    wrote on January 24th, 2011 at 10:59 pm  

    lionel is on vacation.

  8. Anonymous
    wrote on January 25th, 2011 at 9:44 am  

    Good work. Had some fun around the corner from there.

  9. Sam
    wrote on January 28th, 2011 at 7:41 pm  

    This one time at Jay camp… it was -45 (inside joke for all the public readers out there)

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