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post #31 of 35
Hands in front, feet close together, weight fairly evenly balaced on both feet, keep your cg low, and fat skis. You have a lot more confidence when you have a fat tip you can pressure and you know it's not going to dive. Also a pow ski with less sidecut makes it easier since the tip won't have a tendency to hook when you pressure it. Some practice with your balance and you should pick it up pretty quickly.

I've found the back seat depends somewhat on the skis as I tend to ski the tails some of the time. A stiffer tail ski will be tough as it will want to take off and not turn. A twin with a bit more forgiving tail will be much easier to slide around. Still best to stay centered and adjust your weight as needed as you get the feel for the snow.
post #32 of 35
When you learn to ski you learn to ski and turn on one leg by lifting the uphill ski, edging in with the downhill ski, so regular skiing, carving, is skiing on one leg - back an forth. Poweder skiing is the opposite. If you ski on one leg or put any pressure on a downhill ski you are sunk, it is over you are sideways, you can't carve in real powder. In powder you ski with both legs, it is super crucial that both hands are in front of you(like regular carving), and you ski with subtle weight changes between legs, but no real edge or carve, you ski on top of the snow(even if you are under the top layer). You do have to have a certain amt of trust to just let it go down the hill. But there are few greater feelings in life, than ripping down a powder filled slope.

To practice on dry land - stand in skiers stance with knees slightly bent, and hop back and forth, like you are on a trampoline, keeping arms up and in front. Better yet, go upstairs to the guest bed and try it on that. I had my first powder lesson 25 yrs ago from a Frenchman in Quebec and he told us to do that on the hotel bed. To really get serious about dry land powder practice, get out on a trampoline, regular kids one will do fine, and try it there. Also, I find the trampoline a great place to practice mogul skiing.
post #33 of 35
I am by no means a powder skier -- we just don't get enough of it back east. But I have some trips to Utah and Colordado (and we received some excellent pow in the last month in NH) yada, yada, yada.

I tried to ski the pow with my new carvers -- 124/66/104 @ 165-- and let me tell you that it was a lot of work. Yes, it can be done, but I actually went back to the condo to get my old Atomic 9.18s at 180 (dunno other cuts). Point is, that the most modern carvers are not really meant for powder at all. They are specialized skis "front side" and not "all mountain" (this leads to the addict buying a quiver of skis for specialized conditions). For my part, I felt that I had to work to keep the tips up (or even just balanced) on the carvers and I did not like that feeling at all. I face planted a few times on pow covered bumps, looking like a complete dork. The older Atomics were a lot easier ... just point 'em down the mountain, let 'em get some speed up ... and float away. No messing around in the back seat, just poop-eating grins and some involuntary "wahoos", and they are not even good powder skis.

I know that better skiers will say that the new skis would have been just fine in the pow once I got used to them ... but why sweat it? Get thee to skis made for it and enjoy what has got to be the best buzz anywhere, licit or not, at any price. I mean, look at the dimensions for Atomic SD Pimps:129/99/118 @ 193 or regular SDs at 173:123/99/115. Your Volkls?114/68/99 @ 175 (or so)? And flex -- or lack thereof?

BTW, I'd be interested in a side by side comparo from the b5 riders out there between the b5 and Pocket Rockets (or Sugar Daddy Pimps) on a pow day? Does the increase in the waist width make up for the length it getting good float? Just different but equal? :
post #34 of 35
1. Purchase TGR movie.
2. Watch Kent Krietler.
3. Ski like that.
post #35 of 35
OldSchool, I still remember the struggle of getting the hang of powder. And can relate to a loose boot not showing it's voids on steeps as much as it will on a lesser slope. Get the right fit, then get the fat skis. The Phantoms are some excellent training wheels that will allow almost anyone to ski pow like grooms in a hour or two.
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