Thank you for your visit. This is a topic that has coursed my mind quite often the last couple of years. The premise, while not excluding instruction that may be given from teacher to eager student, is more one that requires some thought and self reflection and typically would not appear on a lesson plan.
All accomplished skiers, if they keep at it, have witnessed their solid technique dashed by the likes of changing weather, snow, ice and terrain conditions, speed and personal fitness.
I'm looking for the subtle conscious or unconscious changes in technique you have made which has elevated your game OR a tip you may have received for a particular situation that has made a lot of difference.
Some of my motivation for this thread is based on giving back to others, and a sport that has given me so much enjoyment over the years, as well as a realization that I am well past my ski prime. I'd like to think I have developed some skills that others can use to benefit from.
I also hope to learn something new to try.
I'll start with a tip I received for a somewhat unique condition I had never experienced.
2002: Week long trip to Chamonix France. Four of us had scheduled a guide for a midweek day to ski and experience the Valle Blanche. Thirty Six hours prior, it started snowing hard and did not let up. Woke up to 5 feet of fresh powder which closed all but one ski area in the Chamonix Valley including Mont Blanc from avalanche danger. Having prepaid the guide, we used him to show us around at this lower elevation ski area that was open.
None of us had powder boards which I'm not sure would have made any difference for four eastern skiers who had never skied in more than 2 feet of fresh. We all experienced what we dubbed as Snow Jail. We would try to start out with a neutral balance but our eastern bias eventually caused a Slow Sink. Body Mass would stop you when you were buried up to your nipples. The guide shared a tip. He told us to use a bouncing motion when we started out until we reached speed. The continuous bouncing, compacted the snow underneath creating a platform for our skis to float back up to the surface for our next turn. Whenever any of us started to sink, we resumed the bounce to stay out of "Snow Jail". It worked fabulously.