Originally Posted by bud heishman
But don't you think it becomes the more dominant skill in powder? We don't really have to consciously think about adjusting edge angles or worry much about rotary skills as much as a more active focus on PC.
Well i guess we're talking personal opinion here, but I no I don't think that the skill is anymore dominant in powder than it is on hard pack. However, some of the specific objectives may change per what I have written earlier in terms of inside/outside management, which is all tied to pressure management. I actually think that pressure management is easier and more thoughtless in powder than on hardpack. The reason is because the powder itself provides the feedback and you simply have to react to it. On hardpack there are many things related to pressure management which require directed actions, sometimes indirectly...which result in good or bad pressure management.
What I would say about powder also is that perhaps it is true that just about all skiers will EXPERIENCE and FEEL lots of changes in pressure, regardless of the actions they take in powder. In that sense, perhaps some skiers are more aware of all the pressure changes that occur, some knowing what to do with it and some not really knowing what to do with it. If those skiers basically are park and ride on hardpack, not experiencing anything related to pressure management, then skiing powder will be a wake up call to them that such a skill even exists and they will experience it for the first time. I think this is part of what you're getting at Bud.
On hardpack, you can ski along and do absolutely nothing, and experience little to know changes in pressure...or you can take actions which will harness and release the turn forces at your own bidding... If you know what you are doing, I claim you can experience even greater extremes of pressure on hardpack than you do in powder, but its really all on the skier to know how to harness those pressures, use them correctly, release them at the correct time, etc.. There is actually more to it there than in powder where it all just sorta happens and about all a skier has to do is react to it the same way they do when they hit a bump and flex-z-kneez.