Tried powder skiing for the first time this past week. The entire experience was so frustrating. Previously I used to think that I could not ski powder due to the equipment - however, most do consider the bonafides to work well in the snow - so it must be me.
Equipment: Blizzard Bonafides 180 cm + Salomon RS120 boots
Me: Intermediate/Advanced. Can carve on the groomed. 5 11, 250+lb, heavy guy.
We got over 2 feet of snow in the Sierras this past week - I was at Kirkwood and tried the off-piste backside runs. The places where it had crud up was still do-able (barely) by keeping the hands in front and treating the crud as moguls. I think the area was hardened up a little as well.
The area where I had the max issues was virgin powder - places where there was no firm base under the skis.
- The powder makes me brake. The first time I entered powder, I did the whole aggressive stance - lean forward etc. However, as soon as I entered the powder, I think my foot slide back in my boot and bam - face plant in the soft pow. What made it more frustrating was wearing the skis back on. My feet are in the snow; knee deep and getting one foot out and putting pressure on the binding was not possible. Eventually, I stand on the ski's and then put the foot in the bindings one by one - took me an hour to put them back on.
- ok, when I get past the initial braking sensation, I need to balance myself in the powder. In order to balance, I am standing on both skis - and as a result I found myself just going in one direction - no turns.
- The powder/crud throws my skis around. So my basic style of keeping one ski weightless/un-weighted does not work since that ski gets tossed around in the absence of pressure.
Given the far and few powder days, I was hoping folks on this forum can give me advice/tips on how to learn to ski on pow.