Photo: Matt Georges
Whenever we’re due to spend some time on the mountain, we’re always hoping for bluebird conditions. Of course, it doesn’t always work out like that.
Sometimes the visibility drops to near zero, and it’s a struggle even to see your hand in front of your face. In extreme cases you might even experience Häusler’s Disease, where the lack of visual information – combined with your movements – really does a number on your brain.
If you’ve got the right attitude, however, there are plenty of ways to embrace a whiteout day. It’s true what they say: even the shittest day’s snowboarding still beats the best day in the office.
“By logging those extra miles, you’re becoming a better snowboarder – and spending less cash on overpriced coffee in the resort”
Spend long enough in the mountains and you’ll soon spot the fair-weather snowboarders. More often than not, they’re just not that good. You can learn more about your own riding in one day of pisspoor weather than in a week of blue skies, as you’re forced to react quickly and improvise on the fly. By logging those extra miles, you’re becoming a better snowboarder – and spending less cash on overpriced coffee in the resort.
There’ll also be less folk around, which means shorter queues and a better chance of scoring some good lines. Sometimes the vis may rule out any off-piste exploration, but even when that happens you’re still likely to have the groomers to yourself.
Things don’t ‘just happen’ on a whiteout session, however. To make the most of it, you need to have a gameplan. Here are a few tips to ensure that even the murkiest day is capable of offering up the most vivid memories.