Big mountain skiing, is something we like talking about.
We’re mainly fascinated by the grandeur of the natural fortress, the literal haven for adventurers: The Mountains.
To make the most of this adventure, it’s important to have a good understanding of the terrain you’ll be traversing and this is why we want you to read about it.
Building on our previous discussion on big mountain skiing preparations and avalanche awareness, we now turn our attention to the unpredictable yet influential element of weather.
As you transition through the seasons for your mountain adventures, here’s what to keep in mind.
Depending on where you live, you can start planning your high-altitude journey as soon as Halloween ends.
Fall brings a stunning display of colors, but you still need to watch out for early snowfall. While the snowpack remains minimal in September, higher elevations may experience early snowfall in October, impacting trail conditions and adding an unexpected layer of challenge. Temperatures drop as you ascent. Daytime highs range from 10 to 15 degrees Celsius, providing a refreshing and invigorating atmosphere for big mountain skiing. Nights become cooler, creating a crisp mountain ambiance. So bundle up, and enjoy the crisp air. Occasional rain showers can contribute to trail variations. Stay prepared for the changing conditions, balancing the beauty of the season with a mindful approach to the weather’s influence on the skiing experience.
Remember, each season has its own charm and challenges, so adapt your gear and plans accordingly.
When you’re gearing up for some big mountain skiing in winter (Dec- Feb), think of it like preparing for a thrilling adventure with nature. Keep an eye on the snow conditions—fresh powder is a skier’s dream, but be mindful of avalanche risks (you can never learn enough!) This Winter Wonderland creates perfect skiing conditions, but obviously, you should expect cold temperatures during this season. With daytime highs ranging from -6.7°C to -1.1 °C. Nighttime can be much colder, often dropping below freezing.
Layer up to stay cozy in the cold, and don’t underestimate the wind—it can make things chilly real quick. Check out the wind patterns too; they can affect the slopes. Visibility is key, especially in snowfall or fog, so be cautious. Stay updated on the weather forecast, and don’t forget your safety gear. Get to know the altitude vibes and how it might change your plans. Dress smart, stick to the marked trails, and be aware of your surroundings.
Martian Andri Bieger & his friend camping (2021)
In spring (march-may), while the snowpack remains excellent in March, it begins to melt in April and May. You can still find great skiing conditions at higher elevations. Watch for changing snow conditions—melting snow can create slushy spots. The weather warms up, so lighten up on the layers, but stay hydrated and protect yourself from the sun. As spring progresses, temperatures gradually rise. Daytime highs range from 4-10°C, and nights are milder, staying above freezing.
In conclusion, the journey is worth it.
Do not overestimate yourself and do not underestimate the mountain.
Train, prepare, Focus, and Live.