I mentioned in the "Ski Confessions" thread that I don't care about snow conditions and powder isn't even my favourite snow...
well, I was up at Whistler skiing powder yesterday with my sister and a friend and it was incredibly humiliating.
I couldn't ski powder well at all. I was tense all day and humbled and humiliated on the ride home.
Three possible reasons:
1. EXPERIENCE: As I was told: "You're from the East, it always takes a few days to adjust to powder". Even skiing in Europe I guess I didn't ski much powder - I skiied in spring mostly and mostly on well-tracked mogul runs.
2. GEAR*: My boots. They're new this season and I've always felt my feet swish around in them a little, but I generally ski steeps and I think that somehow that makes my feet feel more secure. But in mod heavy powder I REALLY noticed that the boots are simply too big. The only time I felt remotely comfortable yesterday in this snow was at speed on steeps.
On my previous outing (2 weeks ago at LL) I remember telling myself "These boots must be dealt with before I ski again".
3. TECHNIQUE: HAHAHA! Technique was dictated by fear. I was lifting my downhill ski constantly and skiing terribly. I felt as if I were 6 years old again, afraid that the snow would carry my ski tips in a direction that would crank my leg. I easpecially felt this way with my right foot - and it is the smaller of my different sized feet - meaning it swishes around even more than the other.
I FEEL LIKE AN IDIOT. I can ski anything I want when snow conditions are bad, but now, in powder I ski like a low-end intermediate (no offense to low-end intermediates, everybody is once - or twice, in my case).
*I've talked to my sales guy about this and he said he'd fit me, but on the first visit his equipment was locked away somewhere, the second time he wasn't on-shift, so I asked when he'd be there. They told me so I came back then but they'd changed his schedule - so he hasn't 'fit' them yet.
But I wonder if I should go back to this chain store and have my boots fitted by the knowledgable but non-skier sales guy, or spend lots of $ and let a ski shop bootfitter to do it.
I might do the latter, but I resent having to pay extra money to get my boots to fit decently.