|Originally posted by funkybob:
go ski some moguls, then you would probably appreciate being on crud and powder.
It's Meadows. There are no moguls. Any bumps are groomed away, with extreme malice within days of forming. Poor little guys never get a chance to grow up to the fun stage.
I understand how frustrating it can be to watch others make turns while you are struggling. If you were skiing Friday morning don't be to hard on yourself. Conditions were less than ideal. I saw a group of full certs, DCLs and an examiner, who were a bit erratic off groomed that day.
From the way you describe your problem, "Can’t turn, jump or step and when I try to go straight one of the tips catch and dig in", a possible explanation may be lack of an evenly weighted platform beneath you to initate your turn from. If you are pressuring your outside ski to the degree you would on a groomer it might lead to the effects you wrote of. When you wrote of "jump turns" do you think both skis were clearing the snow at the same time or is one going first, closely followed by the second?
What model skis are you riding? Wider skis may offer an equipment advantage, but won't solve the cause of the problem. The conditions tomorrow should be excellent for the Hillcrest demo (if you don't mind a little wind).
As has been said before, it's impossible to tell for sure what is happening without seeing your turns in person. I'm just making a guess from the info you provided. Good luck and don't give up!