If you hit glaze or glare Ice
, you'll have no traction.
Shortly after touchdown, I realized the entire airport property was covered with 1/4 inch of glare ice
. Braking action was nil and the aircraft could only be controlled with rudder, speed brakes and differential use of thrust reversers.
* Late in the season, the snow may be gone, leaving glare ice
. Most anglers (the smart ones, at least) wear creepers.
Snowkiting is really a fortuitous marriage of skiing (and snowboarding) and sailing, uniting wind with snow and ice in glittering harmony, on surfaces of glare ice
or pillowy powder, on lakes, ponds, fields and mountains in settings that span the gamut of the New England landscape.
Slick glare ice
, deep snow drifts, snowless tundra and hurricane-force winds ate among the path's many perils.
Pickett's adventurous life was March 24, 1996, when her youngest child, Mavis Anne, was skiing on B.C.'s Blackcomb Mountain, caught some glare ice
and plunged 900 feet off a cliff.
With full traction at each axle, the maximum torque each can achieve is 50%, though this can shift within 100 milliseconds to 100% at one axle if its opposite is on an extremely slippery surface, like glare ice
. The xDrive system is calibrated to quell understeer or oversteer as well by sending torque to the rear or front wheels, respectively; its application greatly reduces the intervention of the stability control system, which applies individual wheel brakes and reduces engine torque to keep the vehicle headed in the intended direction.
Despite the glare ice
, we stopped with 500 feet of runway remaining; you gotta love reverse thrust!
At timberline, "the wind was no more to be faced than a battery of charging razors;" wrote LaFarge, "and to stand upright in it was more than we cared to attempt." They left their snowshoes and crawled up the glare ice
on all fours, making hand and foot holds by breaking through the ice.
Taking up the rear, deicers apply a chemical to keep the moisture on the runways from turning into glare ice
The action is as slick as glare ice
, and the rifle comes up to the shoulder in a smooth, natural motion.