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I generally have no problem with doing stupid things. Stupid and potentially dangerous is something else.

After a brief reminder of what single-digit temperatures feel like this morning — the kick-ass little weather monitor thing The Wife just bought for me says it’s 6 in my backyard — I’m wondering about the wisdom of going skiing tomorrow.

And I hope you can help me make a decision.

Some stuff to know:

  • I love skiing, and not starting until this late in the season makes Uncle Crappy a grumpy boy.
  • Temperature aside, the skiing will be fabulous. Seven Springs got 8 inches of fresh snow in the last 24 hours, and added more on top of that in snowmaking areas. They could get as much as 3 additional inches by the time they open tomorrow morning.
  • You can’t really put aside the temperatures. Thursday night’s low out there is 6 below. The forecast high is 1. There’s an excellent chance it wouldn’t warm to above zero until the afternoon, when I would be getting ready to leave.
  • I have plenty of gear to keep me warm, but I hate wearing those things that cover my face. Snot-catchers. Yuck.
  • There’s plenty of stuff for me to take care of in the house if I stay home.
  • Seven Springs won’t be crowded.
  • I could wait a week. But there’s a chance of rain next Friday.

So. What do you think I should do? If you feel the need to elaborate on your vote, please leave a comment as well.

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11 Replies to “advice.”

  1. I’d go, but I’m from Maine. I went out without gloves or hat this morning for my wait at the bus stop. Temp was dropping but I wasn’t cold.

    Do the snot catcher thing though. It’s gross, but better than frostbite. You need to be in top form for making crab cakes.

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  2. Of course you go skiing! Since when has cold bugged you when you ski? It’s been a while since I lived in cold weather climate but I do remember that sunny days are few and far between. Go! Get some fresh air, some vitamin D, and exercise! Have a blast.

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  3. I confess I’m doing this in part to continue testing my new blog. But also, if you can wear shorts to the Michigan game without serious consequences, I think you can ski in 1-degree weather and be safe as long as you pay attention to any potential frostbite-y feelings! Have fun!

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  4. Depending upon the wind forecast, go – at least wear a turtlefur – just take twice as many breaks to check for discoloration

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