Originally Posted by SugarCube
First I tried tipping the skis a bit to begin a turn. If I let the turns go too long, I slowed way down and the next turn became a struggle. Next I tried keeping the turns shorter, using my poles to help time them. Less edges, a bit more up/down movement, I think. I probably massacred those shorter turns (read: skid!), but I got down the hill without utter disaster occurring. And, once I got in a rhythm, it was fun! I also tried some longer turns on the less deep snow and found that edging was easier than in the deeper stuff. And I'm sure by no means was this 'deep' by more advanced skiers' yardsticks, but for me it was like, "Woah!!"
So, how'd I do, and how can I do it better?
Here are a few hints.
It's Ok to change the radius to any length you want but best to not "finsh" the turn so far across the Fall Line like on groomed terrain.
Tipping is far better than turning (rotary leg action) The ski needs to move forward THROUGH powder, not smear it like frosting a cake !
Some here will argue this point, but I happen to like vertical motion in powder. You can use it, it works and helps to develop rhythm which is really helpfull in powder.
If you are new to off-piste, it does take a while to get used to. It can be a big strain on the legs to. The reward is there is nothing like skiing powder once you get the hang of it.
If you are going to yd's party I'm sure he can work with you on this....Utah is powder heaven.