dchan, I commented on pole length because my sharp eye did observe something I have seen a thousand times before. Since I have teached lots of kidds in growing age ski poles are allways bought at minimum size and the next year they are short. Adults also usually have too short ski poles and pay no attention to it. If you ski in moguls its different but you dont flex in moguls eather so you really dont gain any advatage from short poles like I would in moguls. Comments to my skiing here on epic is that I need shorter poles. Its a no winner
. I have tried both short and long and I feel more comfortable all over the mountain with longer ones. All my students that swapped to longer ones also did much better IMHO.
I posted a video of myselfe in windblown slab (see video ref therad) and got all kind of suggestions that I should insted of jumping have tried to keep my skis in snowcontact the whole time and that its a very easy thing to do. My point here is that since you are a good skier and you did what you did must have had some reason and Im not the right guy to rant on you for dooing what you did. You were there and me not. The bottom was not there and all kinds of difficulties to battle but the fact remains that you should in snowconditions like that try to stay more in the fall line, make rhytmical turns and keep your upperbody mooving smoothly downwards independent (upper/lower body separation) of your hard working leggs. Now it looks like your leggs are taking your upper body for a ride insted of your leggs crossing under, flexing and extending and slamming your knees against your chest if you hit a mogul without you loosing your sunglasses.
I have no clue if PSIA calls for wide stance no matter what kind of snowconditions or terrain you are skiing in but it sounds a bit strange. Here in Europa all countries have different ski-school education programs and every instructor has his/her own style and technique but traditional powder and off pist skiing with skis submerged is allways thaught in a "closed" stance. Carving in an open stance.
Your crossmaxes at 165 are not your best choise for skiing in conditions like that. On the other hand its a great exersise in presision and balance and calls for you taking charge of your skiing and not follwoing your skis arround. In even worse conditions you would have had the same problem with much longer skis. Im used to ski with 65mm narrow skis with 110+ at the showel in crudd and powder and its hard since the tips like to float and grabb every obsticle while the waist sinks down dont give you much rebound and dont give you enough lift to float even one little bit.
Good skiing and I appreciate it a lot to have you give me feedback on my comments
My comments should be filtered and seen as a european take on what you call MA. My feedback has nothing to do with PSIA MA standards.