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speed, powder, and a squirrely ski.

post #1 of 7
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Anybody have advice on how to handle it when on rare occasion a ski starts to plane out and get squirrely when skiing powder at higher speed? Just muscle it back in line? Thoughts?
post #2 of 7
You might get more of a response if you mention where you're skiing, which ski, your skill level & experience, that kind of thing. Or not; I'm not an instructor, but maybe they've all gone to bed early to get ready for check-in tomorrow morning. tongue.gif

ETA: also, one would need to know what exactly is happening when the ski gets squirrelly. Chances are it's skill-related, and it's easier to identify where the problem is if you know what causes it.
post #3 of 7
Normally a ski gets squirrely in powder at high speeds if it has too much shape to it. What litterbug said, what skiis are you on?
post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 
Solid advanced skiier, psia 7 or 8. I do a 4 to 7 day cat skiing trip every year in Brittish Columbia. Have skied lots of powder but working on skiing it more aggressively. On Rossi S7s.
post #5 of 7
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...Its just an occasional issue when making big GS turns at higher speeds in deep snow. Doesnt happen when bouncing along at moderate speed in the pow. Its hard to describe the feeling other than its like ive picked up too much speed and the skis have totally planed out on top of the snow and im out of balance. As I write this im starting to think its probably an issue of lack of comfort with the speed causing a defensive back seet position.
post #6 of 7

high speed turns in deep snow requires the tips to actually plane some what on top. IMO most people get squirrelly from in proper balance.......

 

proper balance is extremely debatable but on big skis I like to lift my toes and literally press my heels down in to the snow to keep them flying on top . think of how an airplane can turn by banking and then using the rear flaps to bring the plane around quicker. Like pulling up on the stick...

 

most un balance comes from people either trying to drive the fronts of their boots, or standing on the balls of their feet both which ironically actually make skier more out of balance than using hte stick. 

post #7 of 7
it's the floppy skis you're on, combined with the exaggerated tip rocker.
A low profile ski like the katana or cochise will not have this problem.
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