I know what you’re thinking, snowboarding in the rain sounds miserable. Just hear me out, because honestly, I thought the same thing. When you plan a ski trip around someone’s birthday, or if you’ve already paid for your trip, you can’t really just change the date because of a little rain. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t casually try to talk my way out of going so that I could stay dry, but that also wouldn’t make me a good friend. If everyone else is going to keep positive I guess I can, too.
Thanks to science, it was the perfect temperature where it was actually snowing at the top of the mountain, but raining at the bottom. We decided to try a mountain about 20 minutes further North of our original choice in hopes that there would be snowflakes instead of raindrops. Sadly no, still pouring…but we’re here, we’re dressed – we’re going snowboarding!
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On our way through the lodge, we asked anyone with snow on them how the conditions were. They said, “it’s not that bad”, and “it’s only been raining about 20 minutes” and “I hear it’s going to stop in about an hour.” No negative reviews yet, we can work with this.
We finally get on the chairlift and sat quietly in the light drizzle. We’re looking at the mountain, checking out the slopes below us trying to gauge the conditions. There are so few people on the mountain, I can only imagine everyone else had the same reservations about the weather. After getting off the chairlift, we locked in and we’re ready to ride.
Here we go…
First ride down the mountain was…*drum roll*…AMAZING!! There was no ice thanks to it being so warm out, nothing but nice, soft (albeit a little slowing) snow. After a few runs the sun popped out, the rain let up and there were actually people riding in their bathing suits because it was so nice. I can’t believe I almost missed my favorite day of the season over a few morning showers!!
Words of advice
If you find yourself questioning whether it will be worth it or not – just go. I’ve got a bit of advice for you as well:
- Try your best not spend a lot of time sitting on the ground. The snow is wet and will soak through your suit faster than normal.
- Roof rack cross bars to secure all your equipment is a given, but it’s also great to have a cargo bag. It’ll keep your bags clean and dry on your drive up to the mountain. Don’t ruin the fun by having your friends crammed in the interior of the vehicle with all your stuff – especially once it’s wet. Cargo hitch carriers are also great to have!
- Have a change of clothes. If you soak through one set, being able to do a wardrobe change is a game changer. We ended up ditching our thicker gloves and jackets. A second, thinner, pair of gloves definitely came in handy.
- Skiers – bring those poles. Warm, wet snow is nice to ride but it will definitely slow you down. It’s much stickier, so have a set of poles to get you through the flat spots. Sorry snowboarders, you just gotta get that momentum up!
There you have it. An almost empty, wide-open mountain with fantastic conditions and a day full of fun. I guess there’s some truth when they said a little rain never hurt anybody. It definitely didn’t rain on our parade! Ok, I’ll stop – but you get the idea. If you find yourself on the fence, just get out there and don’t let a gloomy morning ruin your adventure plans.