The Best Ski Goggles for Flat Light

The Best Ski Goggles for Flat Light
If you like to ski in the later afternoon hours, you have probably experienced the phenomenon known as "flat light." Flat light is defined as a condition where snow and clouds compromise visibility. The problem can be significant if you ski in areas with few trees, such as Arapahoe Basin in Colorado. Flat light is often responsible for a number of injuries. A variety of ski goggles can help counteract flat light. Different skiers, however, have conflicting opinions as to what works best, because people interpret colors differently. What appears as gray to one person might look green to another. With that in mind, choose ski goggles that have multiple lens options, so you can figure out what works best for you.

Yellow Is the Color

For many people, choosing ski goggles with a yellow tint is an excellent way to neutralize flat-light conditions. Yellow provides 70 percent light transmission, which significantly increases contrast. However, in extreme flat-light conditions, persimmon or reddish goggle lenses provide even more contrast. This type of lens might be a good idea if you typically ski in rainy areas, such as the Pacific Northwest.

Smith Gold Lite

The Smith GL55 is an all-purpose lens that filters reflected blue light and provides excellent contrast, shadow definition and depth perception in bright and flat light.

Giro Manifest Snow Goggles

Giro Manifest provides two sets of lenses: Gold Boost for flat light, and Silver Rose for medium light. Because some people actually find rose-colored (as opposed to yellow-colored) lenses best for flat light, the Gold Boost goggles might be a great choice.

Article Written By Lisa Mercer

In 1999, Lisa Mercer’s fitness, travel and skiing expertise inspired a writing career. Her books include "Open Your Heart with Winter Fitness" and "101 Women's Fitness Tips." Her articles have appeared in "Aspen Magazine," "HerSports," "32 Degrees," "Pregnancy Magazine" and "Wired." Mercer has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the City College of New York.

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