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At what speed does wind become uncomfortable?


  1. At what speed does wind become uncomfortable?
  2. Can you ski 20 mph wind?
  3. Is it bad to ski when its windy?
  4. What is a windy day?
  5. At what wind speed do ski lifts close?
  6. How much wind is too much skiing?
  7. Is it safe to ski in high winds?
  8. How windy is too windy for skiing?

At what speed does wind become uncomfortable?

Table 1: ComfortSlower than 4 m/s (9 mph)Pedestrian Sitting (considered to be of long duration)6–8 m/s (13–18 mph)Pedestrian Walking8–10 m/s (18–22 mph)Business Walking (objective walking from A to B or for cycling)Faster than 10 m/s (22 mph)Uncomfortable

Can you ski 20 mph wind?

Hailing from a very windy mountain (as several divas can now attest, post-"diva summit!"), 20 mph isn't bad (kinda norm at summit for us here). Definitely consider the wind chill factor and go prepared with appropriate face covering, etc., even if you don't think you'll need it. You might.

Is it bad to ski when its windy?

Skiing in windy conditions can be very disorienting, especially in a ground blizzard.

What is a windy day?

Windy is a sustained wind speed from 20-30 mph. What makes a very windy day? Sustained winds between 30-40 mph. Try 40-73 mph sustained.

At what wind speed do ski lifts close?

Generally, when winds start blowing close to 40 mile per hour, resort management will seriously consider closing down lifts and gondolas.

How much wind is too much skiing?

Wind Speeds: Anything over 35 mph will generally trip the safety devices on a lift and cause it to shut down. However, it depends upon which direction the wind is blowing. You could have a 45 mph wind from the south blowing on a lift and not cause that lift to close.

Is it safe to ski in high winds?

Lifts and terrain will not open if mountain operations or ski patrol believes it is unsafe. Avalanche danger, high winds, and mechanical issues can all shut down runs, lifts, or even the mountain.

How windy is too windy for skiing?

Yes. That's why many ski areas shut down their gondolas and lifts when sustained winds clock 40mph. “Beyond 80mph, people can get blown down and away, the 115mph wind gust at Breckenridge would've sent most people tumbling down the mountain.”



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