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I agree with Zuma, wet conditions around zero are the worst to cope with. I'd far rather it was -10c or even -20c than 0 with everything slushy or wet snow falling, especially if its also wind-driven!
There's been an unseasonally warm March across Scandinavia it seems. I was out in Norway for most of the first two weeks. It had been warm enough to rain in the mountains the week before we arrived, and there was more open, flowing water on display than is usual at this time of year. We got a good first few sub-zero days, and then a week of the same slushy, thawing stuff that hit Keith and his group. Apparently this pretty much continued for the rest of the month (one of our guys stayed out there).
It's certainly important, for comfort and for safety, to learn to keep your kit dry in those conditions, and I've never regretted switching over from leather to plastic boots for ski-touring (and neither have my toasty warm feet )
Aside from the issues of thawing, temperatures around zero and a little over make waxing one's skis a bit bleedin' awkward. Obviously not an issue with the snow shoes, but in open, rolling country skis are usually a better choice, given the very big and obvious caveat that you need to be able to ski!
Heading south from Haukeliseter a few years back everything I tried was wrong and the skis gummed up, making it a walk on skis rather than a ski. Not much fun (though plenty of climbing grip...). Roos was most unimpressed with my "expertise", but my currency did rise a bit when everyone arriving at the hut after us was cursing the impossible waxing conditions. There aren't many occasions I regret not having fish-scales on the bases, but that was certainly one of them.
Old snow around zero I usually find okay (in fact, since the invention of Quick Klister, usually good going). But the debacle above was fresh powder snow and above freezing temperatures. Unusual to hve the two together... which I'm quite happy about!
Some of us that were native Scandinavians did use skies in the slush. I tested some madshus intelligrip skins... They can strongly be recommended as an alternative to wax anything around 0 degrees!
Btw reports from all my Norwegians friends is that the winter/snow has been really weird this year...
Slush is (relatively) fine (was telemarking very happily in it last week!). It's fresh, powedery snow at temperatures where you're expecting sluch that's the problem, and seems quite capable of gumming up anything
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