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Deep Powder

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i was just woundering if ridin in powder thats ohhhhhh......2 fett deep is as easy as the pros make it look?
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Yes. It takes some getting used to, but it is about as easy as they make it look. If you have narrow skis - it is kind of hard at first - you have to use a lot of up/down motions and less side to side as you would normally. However, if you have fats you can almost ski as if you were on a groomer. I will let the pro's give you the low down on how to actually do it though (my area of expertise is carving on ice).
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OK Greg - you are enlisted to teach me this..... because I simply cannot get how to ski deep soft snow..... Hell I'd prefer ice! Chopped up cruddy stuff is easier - you can still feel your feet!
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The only powder I've been in that was REALLY tough was bottomless and upside down. The weather was very cold, then got a bit warmer, snowing hard the whole time, so the snow was less dense the farther down it was. This was one of the very few times one had to ski fast to keep afloat. I made some face plants so deep it was dark!

Anyway, my way---
1) Rent fat, soft skis. I really like my Salomon Pocket Rockets with the bindings set 2 cm behind the line for powder and my Voile Mt. Surf tele skis with downhill bindings.
2) Loosen your top boot buckle and soften any flex adjustments...soft boots and skis for soft snow.
3) Visualize an airplane banking in a turn. Visualize your skis, close together, banking in a turn like airplane wings. Edging turns you, not steering.
4) Keep weight equal on both feet all the time. Keep weight centered fore & aft. Don't sit back on the tails...you don't need to see your tips except in really wet & heavy glop or crust.
5) A strong upward move with the new outside arm maybe a help turning. Not a big move, just a strong move. As always, ski with both hands in sight.
6) Edge the inside leg very strongly by lifting the arch of your foot to tip the inside ski toward the outside edge, but weight equal on both feet. The arch-lifting is just for the tipping, not weight transfer.
7) Get the feeling for the tempo the snow allows you to turn. It is slower than you may be used to. Aim more downhill due to the resistance of the snow, but you don't have to ski fast. Do find that tempo you can turn down inside the snow.
8) Stand in an upright, fluid, comfortable position controlling your skis with your feet.

Have fun.
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