Originally Posted by rayl1964
Ok, so once the speed mentioned is achieved, do you initiate your turn the same as if you were on a groomer, or should it take more force to bring the skis around?
I eventually find the speed needed, but I also find myself tring to muscle the skis into each turn.
Am I being impatient? And is it possible to make short radius turns in powder without the porpoising (getting the tips out) ?
Thanks for the posts.
Nothing wrong with your skis porpoising deeper and shallower in the snow while skiing powder. In fact you will se most good powder skiers skis doing just that. If you release the pressure as you move from one turn to the next turn, the skis will float up towards the surface.
If you are skiing a shorter radius turn, the feet and skis will be moving away from you and then back under you, and at the same time they will be moving deeper as they are pressured and move away from, and as they come around back under you, they will also be floating up towards the surface as the pressured is released.
Tipping the ski is a big part of this but so is extension and flexion. Tdk6's post was great in describing how to get things going.
Muscling the skis is a sure way to get to a face. Let your speed and the snow do your work for you. Think more equal pressure on both feet, guiding the skis from the ski tip away from you instead of trying to push your feet to the side. The snow resists sideways displacement of the skis. Think how hard it is to push deep snow with a shovel.
Stay more in the falline, and S L O W down your movements. Make them seem like slow motion, or like skiing under water.
All the balance points above are great. The ankle is so important as RGuy said because most of us tend to flex the ankle the least of the important three, ankle, knees, and hips. This puts us balanced behind the drivers spot of the ski and foot, (the center of the ski and the arch to ball of the foot). Hard to work the tip when the pivot point is behind the center of the ski and foot.
You may feel the back of the boot at times, and that's okay. Just don't live there. Try to spend most of your time feeling the front of your boot or better yet, feel the lower leg neutral in the boot cuff, which will allow you to balance and ski from the bottom of the foot
It's fun to fall in powder too, so experiment and have fun. Later, RicB.