Well, I got my best ski tip ever today. Conditions: LOTS of snow, but I wouldn't call it powder. I've always pretty much been freaked out by what the Ice Coaster in me saw as "excess snow" and I have been working through this issue since I moved out west. Anyway, have overcome my fear for pretty much all the groomers but still saddled with it for moguls and steep treed runs. I've been tending to make huge turns across the hill before going into the next turn. The result is I'm always bouncing over moguls or wind wales as I go, making it difficult to stay centered, etc. Today, my friend told me to walk my poles down the hill. Basically, he told me to plant my pole, turn around it and immediately plant the other pole. This forced me to look down the hill, not across the hill and the next thing you know I am linking turn after turn after turn, going a LOT slower and in far more control than before. The depth of the snow turned out to be a non-issue all of a sudden and so did a lot of the large soft moguls. Of course, occasionally a tree was in that spot so I'd have to skip a turn to get around it, but I got down one black after another with less work and a bigger grin.
Pete, I got down Hollywood the whole length and only stopped a couple of times to scrape snow off my goggles. Not like I was when you guys were here (of course there isn't any ice NOW).