Certain parts of the country were unexpectedly struck with severe winter weather conditions, mainly the Southeastern states, last week. By southern standards, these circumstances led to cold weather with temperatures in some places consistently below freezing. This being less than ideal skydiving weather, yet some dropzones used the sudden change in atmosphere to their advantage by offering snow skydives.
Generally speaking, snow skydiving can be quite tricky. The air at jump altitudes is generally 20 or more degrees cooler than the ambient temperature. However, temperatures gradually resume normalcy as you fall. Landing, possibly the most difficult part of a textbook skydive, is made much more difficult with snow on the ground. Seasoned skydivers, after some trial and error, place leaves and other debris in the landing area to avoid sliding upon landing. Given the challenges and the above average level of difficulty with these jumps, it is recommended to invest in a tandem jump. Tandem jumps are executed with the customer attached to a certified professional with likely thousands of jumps under their belt. It’s safe to say that most skydivers are adrenaline junkies, but that comes with the sport. And as such, these tandem masters have probably jumped in a number of locations in varying weather conditions. It is safe to assume you would be in good hands on a snow jump.
Just imagine how stunning the scenery, typically lush and green, looks from 14,000 feet in the air while covered by a blanket of white powder. The word spectacular comes to mind. Yes, you may have to pack on the chapstick, wear protective goggles (provided by the dropzone) and layers of clothing under the skydive suit. But you will have an opportunity to revel in the crisp air and plummet toward a blanket of untouched white expanse. Following the freefall, you’ll simply float to the drop zone to land. And who cares if you land on your rump, there’s nothing wrong with your cheeks experiencing the tingling sensation a snow dip provides. It may only serve to enhance the pleasure of the entire experience.
If you happen to miss your opportunity to snow skydive, most skydive facilities are open year round so you can head back next winter or wait it out to see if a winter storm dumps considerable amounts of frozen precipitation again this season. You can also purchase gift certificates for skydives at many of the drop zones so as to ensure your jump ticket will be paid for the minute the snow starts falling. These gifts make great additions to holiday gift exchanges.
All in all, a snow skydive is a ‘win, win’ for the skydive facility and its participants. The only drawback to snow skydiving would be the inclusion of the newest trend in skydiving, naked jumping. This is a definite no, no for men as a result of the cooler temps which may induce shrinkage and serve to undermine the notion that skydiving is an undertaking that requires a pair of ornaments, to use Christmas terminology. And for female counterparts, undertaking snow skydives in the buff and neglecting to wear a bra will inspire some onlookers and remind others of episodes of twin peaks. And let’s not forget the aforementioned snowy skydive landing. As far as has been told, the majority of drop zones do not feature facilities to allow participants to roast their chestnuts on an open fire.