I live in Vancouver, where we have just hosted the Winter Olympics in the middle of our warmest winter ever, so I can certainly understand your concern about warm weather and snow.
Personally, I find that a few degrees above normal is ok, but anything above that and the snow gets pretty heavy, making it harder to turn and easier for your edges to get stuck, causing a fall. That being said, I snowboard more often than ski lately, so there is a lot more "edge" to get stuck and more board to turn. I used to ski and never found warmer temps a problem, and my husband skiis and finds the warm weather just fine.
In terms of layers, at that temperature, I would go very light. At that temp I just wear a t-shirt under my ski jacket. My jacket has a zip-in layer that I left in last time, and really regretted it - I would have been fine with a t-shirt and shell it was so warm (about 42 degrees F)!!
I guess it also depends how hard you're working. When I'm snowboarding, I find that my heart rate is pretty high and I'm sweating, which keeps me nice and warm, whereas skiing I find much less strenuous, so would be a little colder.
Hope that helps and enjoy your skiing this weekend! We're going up Saturday and hopefully a few times next week now that the security restrictions from the Olympics are starting to be removed!
Edited by: JENARAGON at: 3/4/2010 (13:44)
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