Originally Posted by gonzostrike
ps to Phil P - Phil, I ski lots of trees at Snowbowl and don't use many pole plants -- I visualize my lines early and treat the trees as gates. and, I don't pole plant much in powder unless it's really steep.
With due respect, skiing trees out there is usually
, though not always, like running down a nice nature trail. Its wonderful skiing, but you can usually make full beautiful turns and plan your line in advance. You can ski pretty.
My "favorite" (aka, available) tree skiing is the kind that can only be described as a chess game. The kind of skiing that isn't so much about turning as it is about finding the least ugly route of making your skis fit through dense forest, and just exactly how to air that shelf without hipchecking to avoid the maple directly below it. It is at its best when there is sufficient rock and root showing to not only damage your skis, but pose a serious impediment to sliding down the hill.
I really miss good western tree skiing, but eating bark around here is a good mental workout, an excellent excuse to burn ptex candles, and certainly
a good reason to have solid longer poles to pivot your body around.