Originally Posted by fuzzybabybunny
I'm serious. I learned on hard pack and ice (groomed). I really like the speed and for me it's both easy-ish to ski on and satisfying.
I just had my light powder day in Vail and while I can understand the draw of getting a perfect patch of powder, I still prefer ice. I like when it's smooth enough that you don't have to worry too much about a rough bump sending you careening. I like when it's steep enough that you can't really stop - the best you can hope for is course corrections. When you slide out it doesn't really hurt, besides the ice burn and sliding into trees, but you'll be sliding for a long long time. What draws me to it is that I have to be very focused while doing it. Any lapse can mean very bad things. It gets really exciting when just the wind resistance from uneven posture threatens to knock you off balance or if you take a jump in the middle of a high speed turn and you're shooting through the air sideways.
Well it sounds like what you'd really like is racing. Maybe there's something up at Copper you could get into?
You're skiing on 160cm XWing8's - it's hardly the ski to be mach schnelling black groomers. Kudos to you, because it does take focus to ski those things fast. It would be a revelation for you to ski an actual gs ski in say 183. (I'd say longer but it would be irresponsible. I'm pushing it as it is. )
Maybe you could charm someone into letting you try some runs on them.
From the internet though, we're wondering if you've perhaps skipped Mr. Crab's step 3:
Originally Posted by Mr. Crab
2.French fry3.hockey stop.
Originally Posted by fuzzybabybunny
Originally Posted by theelk
You have got to be joking; right? Your day at Vail must have been a tease because any lapse in thinking while careening through tight trees will resort in the same outcome as a high speed turn on ice. The problem is that in ice you do not experience POWDER BRAIN! Powder brain is the feeling that results after taking off the boots and realizing that you will not be the same for the next twenty four hours. If you have been there, you would know and strive to get there again, if you have not, click back in because you are bound to come around!
Is it something like what a surfer feels when they experience the perfect wave?
That's probably getting close. I have only a few hours surfing, so I don't even know what the perfect wave is, but I get the appeal of surfing. It's that gliding feeling and you're standing up there moving on water. (Had it for like 15 seconds) So, for a beginner surfer, Powder is like catching a wave without having to paddle out or even paddle to catch it, you're just on it, standing up, easily balanced, riding it on and on and on, and you can cut left and right, and everything's perfect.
Powder really is like a drug. If you could get it on the street corner, a lot of the people posting here would be in serious trouble going after POWDER BRAIN.
Powder transforms everything. Even a boring green run brings huge smiles, blues bring hooting and hollering, and those steep black groomers you like are just fabulous.
It's a bit like sunset or sunrise and how it transforms the look of the landscape compared to say noon. At sunset, even a garbage dump can be beautiful. Well put two feet of powder on a big enough garbage pile with some pitch and people will flock to it and love it.
Check out this beautiful little video of skiing some powder. The images probably won't give any sense to you why people like powder, and I wish it had more forward facing shots in the trees, (those trees!), but the music I think captures the essence of powder skiing really well. Even if you amped the skiing way up, the music would still work.