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  1. #31

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmc
    Quote Originally Posted by Zand
    -15 isn't cold. I've skiied colder than that and it still didn't feel cold. I was outside in a sweatshirt today and wasn't cold.
    ...wow... You actually skied in a sweatshirt today... Or were you just taking tha garbage out???

    Come on.... -15 is friggin cold... - you risk frostbite.. It can be dangerous if your not prepared... It's irresponsible to try and make others think that it's OK to go out in -15 weather.. If they are not used to it....

    dmc..... you sound so responsible what's wrong with you?

    just kidding

  2. #32
    The coldest I ever skied was at Sugarloaf in 1981 (Real temp. -34 F, wind-chill -85 F). I skied for four hours and saw only one person on the slopes. It was so cold that when I stepped out of the Gondola house and started skiing I had an ice cream headache. I had everything covered and did not get frostbite. However I have had more frostbite at Whiteface than I can remember. I also had another ice-cream headache last Tuesday ridding the Facelift Quad. I made three runs and went home. Why?

    "I ain't what I used to be, but who the hell is?" - Dizzy Dean

    If you ski sub zero temps in the wind be careful. Keep everything covered, check for frostbite and stay close to a lodge or warming hut and go inside when you are cold. I know that's not very macho but common sense works much better than macho. Skiing is about having fun and dong your best at not hurting yourself.

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    ANSWER: When hypothermia set's in.

    Treating Hypothermia: A life-saving skill
    The growing popularity of outdoor recreation has resulted in greater demand for an effective on-site method for treating hypothermia. Other than for mild cases, the most effective and safest treatment for all levels of hypothermia is the addition of heat to the body core, rather than via the periphery.

    The most important phase of treatment is the prevention of post-rescue collapse during the first 30 minutes following rescue, and during transportation to a medical facility.

    Phases and treatment of hypothermia.

    A further cooling of core temperature occurs after the victim is removed from the cold environment. This after-drop is often responsible for post-rescue collapse.

    Pre-hospital stabilization
    Preventing respiratory heat loss and progressive cooling, of the heart through the tissues is essential. This cooling if not arrested, can lead to ventricular fibrillation of the heart. Patients who are unconscious, with a temperature below 30C or 80F, may not respond to defibrillation. Thermally stabilizing a patient with suitable equipment is necessary, both before transportation and enroute to the hospital to prevent additional cardiac complications.

    Core rewarming
    This is the most effective treatment for all cases of moderate to severe hypothermia, whether treatment occurs in the hospital or in the field.

    Inhalation rewarming
    As the only non-invasive hospital treatment suitable for active core rewarming in the field, inhalation rewarming donates heat directly to the head, neck, and thoracic core (the critical core) through inhalation of warm, water-saturated air at 43 - 45C (107 - 122F). This method also warms the hypothalemus, the temperature regulation center, the respiratory center, and the cardiac center at the base of the brainstem. In many cases, this rewarming of the central nervous system at the brainstem reverses the cold-induced depression of the respiratory centers and improves the level of consciousness.

    Beside this strategic donation of heat, inhalation rewarming also eliminates . .
    Respiratory heat loss. This accounts for 10% to 30% of the body's heat loss. This is particularly important in rescue situations where the ambient air is cold (cooling of the core through respiration).

    In summary, inhalation rewarming is highly effective in providing "basic life support" through thermally stabilizing the core and brainstem temperatures. It is safe for treatment for all levels of hypothermia, but is particularly important for severe cases, because insulating alone (blankets), does not prevent further cooling of the core.

    The first half hour during rescue is the most critical phase of hypothermia management!

    Avoid having the victim assist with their own rescue!

    Muscular activity by the hypothermic victim pumps cold peripheral blood from the arms and legs into the central circulation causing the core temperature to drop even further. Gentle handling is critical! A cold heart is particular susceptible to ventricular fibrillation, and some victims may suffer fatal ventriculation when jolted about during initial handling or transportation.

    " The inhalation rewarming method is now our first choice in the re-warming treatment of all stages of hypothermia in the wilderness environment. "

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  6. #36
    Don't know about too cold to ski, but at the momet, it is way to warm to ski. Unfortunately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctenidae
    Don't know about too cold to ski, but at the momet, it is way to warm to ski. Unfortunately.
    No kidding! It'll get there though, and then all the whining can begin...


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    -1 now, my co-worker just left for her ride break. I'm going to wait for her to come back with her report to see if I will brave the weather

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    Skied many times below zero. -26 was the coldest. It is more the wind that gets me when it is cold.
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