Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA
I can see what you are guys are seeing, I am holding on to the turns to long and then launch myself into the new turn. I am just not sure on that particular day I could of done it any other way.
I've been there, done that. Late season, lower elevation at Snowbird - the snow is like mashed potatoes with super glue mixed in. It's kind of a catch 22. The way you were skiing, there was no other option. When there is no other option - there's only one way to ski.
The adjustments you need to make in heavier snow are:
1) feet closer together
2) more even weighting between the feet
3) shallower turns
4) faster speed to ride higher in the snow and have more momentum force to fight stickiness
You need to do all these adjustments at once and your turns need to be silky smooth with no jerkiness or you are TOAST. If you practice the 10 toes exercise in normal snow, it can help get you comfortable with more speed and power in your turns yet with gentler turn initiation and then you can use that in the muck to turn without popping. But it's not easy. Every piece of your brain screams "don't do it".
Have you ever water skied on one ski behind a slow ass boat? During the start up transition before you get on plane and can put your back foot in, your brain is going "bad news - not enough control to make this work - you got one more second or else". If you try to pull yourself up, you can get on place for a second, but then there is slack in the tow rope and you sink back down again. Heavy snow is like this except that most skiers never turn the throttle up high enough to really get on plane and even if they do, the first little screw up happens and you start sinking back in and going defensive/pop/offensive/sink/defensive.