By JOSH CHRISTIE
Wind can be both an ally and enemy to skiers and snowboarders. At its best, wind helps to subtly shift snow around the mountain. Breezes move light snow around after storms, filling in skied terrain and once again creating untracked powder.
Unfortunately, wind can also bring in bitter, stinging cold and create a hard crust on top of already fallen snow. Strong gusts or sustained wind make it unsafe to operate non-surface lifts. If there are two words in skiing I dread nearly as much as “broken bone,” they’re “wind hold.”
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