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See you on the trails!

January 20, 2011

This weekend is going to be a cold one, clear and cold.  Not really wick’d cold, that’s when the temperatures don’t get much above -10 during the day for a couple of days.  That’s when the seat in the car is hard as a board and your hair stands straight-up with static electricity and old timers say “cold nuf’ for ya?”

Nope, this weekend is simply going to be good and cold, projected to be around -2  during the day and -15 below ( in Morrisville,  Burlington will be warmer and Island Pond will be a bit colder).  But there is snow and the conditions should be just about right to do some riding!  Provided that you have the right gear and you know what the conditions are.

The Vermont Association of Snow Travelers , VAST posts updates to the conditions in the area where you would like to ride, as well as upcoming events.  This is  snowmobile safety week and it runs right through the  22nd.  There is a safety class in Bristol on the 22nd,  and that is not a bad idea.    VAST has a ton of information about staying safe while riding.

As to the cold,  I am a big fan of the full face helmet with a neck-up.  I get cold feet really easy so I go for the sub-zero boots and wool socks.   Bib overall riding pants,  puffy, wind resesistant  jacket and a good set of gloves.   It is all about the wind chill and skin exposure.   So basically at zero degress, going 45 mph, the wind chill is -30 (thirty below).   -30 is dangerously cold and frostbite territory if you are not dressed correctly.

What is wind chill temperature? It is the temperature it “feels like” outside and is based on the rate of heat loss from exposed skin caused by the effects of wind and cold. As the wind increases, the body is cooled at a faster rate causing the skin temperature to drop. Wind Chill does not impact inanimate objects like car radiators and exposed water pipes, because these objects cannot cool below the actual air temperature.

So I am looking forward to the riding, now that we finally have some decent snow… see you all out out the trails!

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