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Windblown Ice

 Poster: A snowHead
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Was skiing in the 3 Valleys last week and had a great time. Yesterday started off bright, calm and clear but in the afternoon the cloud came down, the snow started and the wind got stronger and stronger. My wife decided to call it a day about 4pm but I decided to squeeze in an extra run. I headed up Mont de la Chambre with the intention of skiing down into VT before returning to Reberty. On the way down the easy Blue into VT I noticed the two people ahead of me fall over simultaneously for no apparent reason. A few seconds later I was almost taken down by a blast of wind full of large bits of ice. The ice was irregular in shape and up to around 1cm across. Very painful on the face, all I could do was turn my back to the wind and wait for it to die down a bit. After the first gust had passed I skied down about a 100m before the next gust hit. Did this a few times then got to a junction and took the direct route back to Les Menuires, which put the wind at my back. I've experienced spindrift many times but I've never had anything close to the mini ice-storm that I had on that one piste yesterday. Anyone know what could have caused it?
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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
The wind blowing particles of ice Puzzled

I can remember skiing at Cairngorm and the wind being so strong that the ice connecting with exposed skin was drawing blood.

There is probably a 'rule' to cover this sort of thing. Laughing
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@Valkyrie, Nope. Both walking and skiing, I have experienced facing into icy snow snow in high winds and my face really stung. It may have been flakes of ice rather than snow - but not as vicious as you describe.
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@Peter S, The rule ? MTFU.
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Peter S wrote:


I can remember skiing at Cairngorm and the wind being so strong that the ice connecting with exposed skin was drawing blood.
There is probably a 'rule' to cover this sort of thing. Laughing


Yep; been there. Not far off Finland earlier this year, too.
Plays havoc with one's full make-up, you know Smile
The rule? Wear a damn good balaclava ( or one of them fleecy neck/face/head contraptions or do something inventive with some buffs or snoods if you're a more modern dude). Also bugs up the facials... Very Happy
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