Sept 24, 2007
Making "NO CLAIMS" to being even close to good in powder, I have the following comments.
In my close to 28 years of skiing, I've probably skied in powder, knee high or more and never more than mid thigh high, maybe 15-20 days. Only 2-3 of these days were out west (Whistler Blackcomb) and the remaining on the East coast (Ski Liberty, Loon, Killington, Sugarbush and Mad River Glen). Having never taken a "formal powder lesson" and only relying on what I've read and on what I like to call "skiing maturity", I ski powder as follows:
(a) balance with both feet on the center of the skis, with my weight centered as well (or as close to weight centered as I can get).
(b) be patient, slowly pushing the skis into the snow and gradually edging the skis (or banking the skis) and waiting for the snow to push your feet back up. It is really important to be patient and wait for the snow to push back and not rush the turn. What I've read was "every thing in slow motion".
(c) the heavier and deeper the snow, the closer to the fall line I try to ski. For this to work, a skier has to overcome his/her fear of speed. obviously, there will be a point on steep slopes that I will bail out of by stopping every few turns, since I've maxed out on my "speed limit".
In response to "Fear (on the Fear thread)", SOMETIMES while skiing powder, I will overcome "fear" and extend the limits of my "speed limit". When I do this, the feeling of excitement, exhilaration and satisfaction is so profound that it almost takes me back to when I first started skiing (in this sense, I do envy you beginners). It's a shame that the East Coast has so few truly deep snow days (well at least where I usually ski).
Other Bears with more expertise in powder, please correct me for any errors so that beginning Bears don't pick up my bad advice/habits.
PS: MgMc, you have no reason to "envy" me. If you stack all three mole hills which are close by to me, it would still not be as high as NorthStar and probably only slightly higher than Mt. Rose.