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Powder skiing / Skis

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

Hi All-


I learned how to ski on the east coast and now live on the west coast.  the skiing is obviously better here but unfortunately I dont handle the powder very well.  I am an advanced skier on groomed/ packed snow but as soon as i hit the powder its a nightmare and the terrain really drains me.  any suggestions on how to improve my powder technique? Also historically i use regular rental skis so im wondering if the  problem is with the ski.  that brings me to my 2nd question...i want to buy my own skis but need a pair that can handle the powder and packed snow.  any suggestions on both questions would be appreciated.  thanks so much!





post #2 of 9
Get fat skis. It will help. Or at least rent to see.

Powder and hard pack, I'd suggest Moment Bibby pro...or Blister pro if that's what they call it now.
I really missed having mine today.
post #3 of 9
west where exactly? it might affect ski choice. and like said better skis help, not that you can't on a rental but a good ski will help you!
post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 

pacific northwest mostly sometimes mammoth 

post #5 of 9

Check out the Volkl 100 eight. It's light weight, quick, lively, has good edge hold, handles heavy thick snow well.


Do you also rent boot's ? What skis have you been renting ?



Lots of good skis out there. Good luck.

post #6 of 9

Skis will help. Something in the 100mm underfoot range is measurably better than a rental ski. 110 and up once you're really serious. However, technique is the most important thing for skiing 3D snow well. I'd suggest perusing this thread, there's lots of good info there.

post #7 of 9

You don't have to rent rental stock skis. You can find a place that rents retail skis (usually referred to as 'demo') so you have the option to try some pairs before you buy, or, to buy skis for the predominant conditions and then rent skis when the conditions require. You should have the option to try the 100Eight that Max suggested, I know they are renting it around my neck of the woods but its just an example.


I know this isn't near you, but its just an example, you can rent all of these right at the mountain:


reads a bit like an encyclopedia wantica. 

post #8 of 9

We hardly ever get powder snow on the West Coast.  What's powder snow?--if it'll form into a snowball, it ain't powder.  Sierra Cement, Cascade Concrete, just wet white glop--you get the idea.  And sometimes we get Cascade Clear Flake, often misidentified as rain.


Do rent demo skis.  If there are only a few days of fresh snow you'll be in each year, renting is a money saver.  There is no ski good in both fresh deep snow and packed snow, especially hard pack.  When you find the skis you like on both fresh and crud, then maybe consider buying.


Here's a few tips for deep snow--

--Keep both feet close together

--Equal weight on both feet all the time

--Center your weight.  On a straight run in deep snow, move your feet forward and back a bit to find the balance point your ski like, then always return to that "centered" position in your skiing.  Sit back only to briefly ski up on a hump or rise, then immediately recenter.  Also sit back when the snow is so wet and sticky that this is the only way you'll reach the bottom.

--Visualize an airplane banking in a turn in the sky.  Visualize your skis down in the snow, on edge, both together, banking in a turn.  Learn counter & angulation to facilitate edging the skis.  I edge/angulate/counter to make the turn, then just relax both legs and let the skis float and flatten, then edge/angulate/counter the other way.  It's that easy.

--If you're in the habit of skidding your skis sideways, well, that can work in dry snow with the very wide and very rockered skis that can make smear turns.  In heavy wet stuff--not so well.

post #9 of 9

...and don't forget ......"you gotta have a bend in your knees"



Bob Gibson

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