Originally Posted by trtaylor57
One of my goals this year is to ski steeper terrain (the steeper east coast groomed blacks). What are some tips/pointers I should keep in mind? I want to avoid skiing in a defensive position, of course, but I'm not really sure what I should be doing correctly.
Thanks in advance.
The easiest thing to say, and the hardest thing to do ... commit, commit, commit.
Once you decide to make the first turn, there is no room for second guessing. Doing so makes your life EXPONENTIALLY more difficult. Hesitate when your skis start pointing straight down hill, and then you're sitting on the tails and getting them to turn at that point is a monumental struggle.
Don't pin yourself in a corner. Find a steeper pitch with a "bailout", either a short section with a cross cut below to other terrain, or a more comfortable trail with a particularly steep but short face. There's usually a blue trail at most mountains that is a "tweener"- blue for most of the run, but has a black pitch somewhere along it path.
One thing you might do is practice turning on the top/backside of moguls on slopes you are comfortable with, then find a steep(er) pitch with some small bumps and use the moguls on the steeper pitch the same way you did on the more comfortable terrain. Work non-linked, individual turns at first and get a feel for how the skis come around and the sensation of moving through the fall line.
Following an instructor or an accomplished skier who will help you find a less challenging line will be a big help. A little momentum is key. Turning from a dead stop is murder.