Originally Posted by DefJef
I'm going to be totally lost out there when I try some serious POW. Are there any tips you all can offer?
A lot of good advice here-first and foremost sacrifice a virgin to the snow gods so Summit County will be blessed with many days of serious POW. (Virgins are not available in Summit County-search elsewhere).
From an observation point of having watched many, many folks struggle in deeper than ankle height powder over the past 6 seasons a couple of thoughts.
Your skis are no longer on the snow-they are IN the snow (sometimes very deeply) and there is considerable resistance to any pivoting action. You will consistently see folks rotaing very hard to try to get their skis to come around. "CLEANUP IN AISLE 4." Unless you are able to reduce that resistance through a strong extension or retraction you will probably become one with the snow. Hence as many folks have alluded to using the shape of the ski makes it a lot easier-but patience is a virtue. I think this would be Rusty's reference to tipped rotary. Tipping and rotary in moderation but together work well in deeper snow.
Also-as alluded to-be very two footed. Many, many skiers mimic their movement of bracing against their downhill ski and attempt to steer and/or tip just the uphill ski. Put a little weight on that uphill ski in that condition and you see the classic tip dive under the downhil ski followed by an over the front yard sale. On some groomers practice releasing both skis simultaneously.
Good Luck-Remember the sacrifice required of all Summit County newcomers.