Skiing in Flat Light

Flat light day on the slopes with people on a chairlift

If you aren’t falling, you aren’t learning Skiing

Do you ever get disoriented by flat light on the slopes? Flat light can make it difficult to see what is in front of you, tell how fast you are going, and sometimes it makes just getting down the mountain a challenge. Flat light occurs when the clouds are so thick that shadows from light disappear and you can't see bumps and dips in front of you. It can be scary skiing in flat light, but with these tips you can make the most out of the conditions.Wear the right goggle lenses

One of the most helpful things you can do to improve your visibility is wear the right goggle lenses. When you wear you blackout lenses on a cloudy day, you aren't going to be able to see a thing. Change to a yellow or sensor mirror lens. This will help you see the bumps in front of you so you will have better control down the mountain. Check out our goggle selection at Utah Skis HERE

Lower your center of gravity

Bend your knees a little more than you usually do so can absorb any surprise bumps that you may hit. Chances are you won't see many of the bumps and dips in front of you. If you get nice and low you will be able to take on those bumps without getting knocked off balance.

Stay close to the trees

You will find more shadows closer to the trees and your visibility will be much better. Even if you can find on of the orange ropes to follow that can be helpful.

Use your poles

Make sure to plant your poles in front of you. They will help you when you are feeling disoriented to tell what the slope is like and how steep it is. HERE!

Ski with a buddy

If you aren't feeling comfortable, have a friend ski in front of you. That way you can follow their lead (and let them take all the hits first)...this is one of those circumstances where being a follower isn't such a bad thing.

Take it slow

It's not a race!....unless you are a ski racer, then it is a race. But really, don't go too fast. When you are dealing with flat light, it is a good idea to slow down a bit and try to be cautious of your surroundings.


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