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deep pow tips

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
so i've been trying to ski in the deep cool whip more, everything seems to slow wayyy down... i can rip it on the groomed runs without sliding and the shallower soft stuff with ease...

it feels like when i get into stuff over 2 ft. everything becomes alot larger, the tight turns of groomed are gone and i feel like i get "stuck" under the powder. its like the skis won't come around for a turn.

what are some general tips for good powder skiing? (i doubt i was specific enough to get anything beyond general tips but go ahead if you know something from what i said)
post #2 of 6
Brice,
You've already figured out the slow motion thing. Here a couple more tips. Use speed to help overcome the extra resistance of the snow. If you have more momentum, you'll need less force to turn the skis and you'll ride higher in the pack. Adjust your stance to be a little narrower and keep your weight more towards 50-50 vs letting the outside ski get more weight on it. As the snow gets over 1 foot deep, managing the elevation of your skis off the "bottom" of the snow pack becomes more important (but after you get over 3 feet deep, you may run into bottomless snow!). You can use the bottom to bounce your skis back towards the surface where it's easier to turn. Think of your skis as following a roller coaster track. Use your ankles to pull your toes up to get the ski tips to come up to the surface. Finally, every snow pack is unique. You'll need to make different amounts of adjustments to speed, turn shape, bouncing, etc. every time you're out. O yeah - one more finally. If you're going to start skiing deep snow, you need to start learning about avalanche safety. Just because it's inbounds does not mean it's safe. I learned that lesson the hard way. That's definitely one kind of stuck you don't want to experience.
post #3 of 6
Brice, therusty's tips coverd alot, but the one about the ankles I would take even further. Think about using your ankles opening and closing to drive your knees and hips to open close, all three together. As Therusty says let your ankles flex (toes towards shin) in the bottom of yoyr turn but use this also to get your knees flexing along wiht your hips. This will release the turn and also allow the skis to float up as you cross paths with your skis. Then the process reverses. You slowly open the ankles (toes away from the shins), knees, and hips as you move into your next turn, getting long as you build pressure and a solid platform.

Use your slow motion idea, to key into to drive these movements, keeping them slow, smooth, and continuous. Start the flexing before you get to the end of the turn, don't wait until you think you have finished to start flexing. Then start the extension, or opening and lengthening as soon as you change edges. Again, don't hurry your movements or you may find that the movements start and stop. This will create problems in your pressure management and movement of the skis within the snowpack. Keep your speed up and the pace of your movements slow. Find your rhythm, and your grin will keep getting bigger and bigger. Later, Ricb.
post #4 of 6
Speed and incline are your friends in deeper snow. Just like a skiboat needs to pull to get you out of the water, the incline and relatively straight path allows your snow skis to plane on the pow. Then, turn just enough to maintain a comfortable downhill rate (you can, of course, straightline it like the big mountain guys like to do). I prefer to turn a lot and experience the snow more, but that's a matter of preference...

Anyway, since falls don't hurt at all, why not let 'em run a bit?
post #5 of 6
Stay in the fall line to maintain your speed...minimal edgeing-----and WAIT....
WAIT, WAIT---There is more resistance and it takes longer for a reaction to occur----keep a reasonably narrow stance----we used to handle the bottomless powder by doing dipsy doodles......rebounds off the pressure as you near the bottom.....pushes up and unweighted to a new turn----haven`t done it for years----not enough snow and the Area is too quick to groom---
tried to beat the groomers , but the they are out there too early for me....
post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 
thanks for the input guys, i've guess i haven't been too far off other than the ankles, i keep pretty well down the fall line and a fairly narrow stance, i guess its just trying to get used to turning alot slower than on the piste
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