Good information davluri. As a lead skier I'd suggest making fairly short rhythm turns keeping a constant cadence....turn,turn,turn, etc.
Also, another good practice is to drag your poles during and in between turns and pole plants. Drag your uphill pole etc. This seems
to help with balance and relationships. And, how about focusing on the variation of pressure from the snow thru the bottom of your feet.
Also, how about just not freaking out about not being able to see, relax and just enjoy the other sensations as they come. After a couple
or few minutes your body seems to adjust to not being able to see. Like your eyes can adjust to the low light in a dark room. The spooky
and weird can feel somewhat normal...you don't need to see to ski.
Originally Posted by davluri
skiing a whiteout can be a good drill. it can also be a dumb way to pull something. as a drill, you keep your stance square to the fall line and centered over the skis, never leaving this position, so that you can turn either way at any time, responding to things you feel or see at the last second,don't over commit to a turn or traverse. don't be overly concerned with every clump of snow. assert your rhythm. keep your speed WAY down.
racer, I'm interested in what adjustments you make as lead skier in a total whiteout.
we sometimes cross a very wide bowl to get to an adjacent run. In a whiteout, it becomes a white void, no vision at all. No rocks or trees. I know the traverse pretty well and can sense my way across. It's very interesting, in a spooky weird kind of way.