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post #61 of 65
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Originally Posted by Garrett View Post
Honestly this thread baffles me.

Correct answers:
-Wax and tune your skis right. Gnarly structures suck less on hard snow than hard snow structures suck on soft snow, IMO.
-When what you are skiing turns into ankle deep mush, find something to ski on facing northeast.

If rolling your skis off the edge onto the base slows you down, you are doing something wrong.
have you skied in 70 degree and sunny weather before? I use some crazy strcuture and warm weather wax plus zardox and still hate transtion in warm snow. It feel as if my skis have minds of their own.

West coast spring snow unless you get corn, pretty much sucks, and corn(well as I think of corn) isnt found in bound that much. touring though you can get entire days of it.
post #62 of 65
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
have you skied in 70 degree and sunny weather before? I use some crazy strcuture and warm weather wax plus zardox and still hate transtion in warm snow. It feel as if my skis have minds of their own.
I agree with you. No amount of structure and killer wax will break the suction on some of the spring/summer snow I've been in.
post #63 of 65
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
have you skied in 70 degree and sunny weather before?
Yes, though for the most part I avoid aspects that are getting sun like the plague. I also make a point of starting the approach before dawn whenever possible.

Big structures and flouro waxes work well for me, but again if it is so bad that you are sinking in slush up to your ankles you probably shouldn't be skiing it in any case.
post #64 of 65
[quote=dookey67;779816
but wax or no wax aside, i basically wanted to know how to approach this kind of snow...lean into it? speed through it? Obviously goiing slow and backseat driving isn't going to work...[/quote]

In glop, you have to be patient, so wait for your turn to develope once you have initiated it. Also, it occurs to me that it doesn't help to have your weight any further forward than the toes of your boots, because the density of the snow will create an ever hardening wall the further forward you project your force.*





*Of course, since I am not a PSIA instructor, I must not have any idea of what I'm talking about.
post #65 of 65
My advice is to ski crap snow like that a lot, which happens a lot in the Sierra in the spring time. GS style turns, strong core strength, neutral balance, not too much edging (think flattening the snow), and long skis truck.
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