Hmmm... pow skiing.
- It's always about control. I watch the Warren Miller films all the time. They are aways about pow skiing. Looks like they are hell bent out of control. They even throw in a few yard sales... ha ha watch 'em go splat... Well, believe me, these guys/gals have control.
- Ok, what about the newbie? Well, you can't have much fun in knee deep pow if it's not sort of steep. So, your friends will drag you out to the steeps. You're, looking down this "cliff", slam your skis sideways and hold for dear life. ...try to make a turn and you go careening across the slope, trying to slow down, throwing your butt into a sit-down move back into the slope. It's all defensive and, while a challenge, it's really kind of a struggle.
---- So here is the deal. Get out of your defensive position. You're going to get waaaaay forward on your skis. What??? you always hear about folks sitting in the back seat in the pow.... well, that's for when the terrain flattens out. On the steep, you are waaaaay forward. Always centered though - if you are way forward... then your butt is back. You use your hands for finer adjustments - stick that hand way out with a pole plant to move your weight out there... to mark and initiate your turn. Hands down - weight is forward. Hands up and weight moves back. So, keep your hands down and use the pole plant to tell your body where your are going.
If you are afraid of tip dive, then you may have the wrong skis. I can't see tip dive on a steep slope. Usually that happens when you hit a flat area at the bottom of a pitch, or find some uneven stuff underneath the pow. Yes, even with flexible pow skis I sometimes get tip dive when I get frisky... going fast and don't get back fast enough at the bottom of the hill.
The slower you turn, then the faster you go. The faster you turn, the slower you go down the fall line. So..... when things feel challenging... you want to make fast turns to maintain the contol that you need for your level of skiing. If you are struggling, then tell yourself to make your turns faster... no, really faster. Believe it or not, just like it almost seems counter-intuitive to get your weight way forward, now I am going to tell you that the best way to make a turn is to point your skis down the hill. Yup, point those tips straight down the hill. See, if you try to turn from skier's left directly to skier's right with a nice slow turn, then you will be building speed, more than your are comfortable with... But if your skis are pointed straight down the hill, then you only have to make half the turn, 90 degrees instead of 180 degrees. Your turn can be twice as fast. And to make it happen real fast.... be forward on the skis. You would be surprised - if you point your skis straight down the hill in deep pow, well... you really aren't going anywhere for 1/2 second, time enough to make your turn.
Look at those pics in the ski mags... and the WM films... notice how the pros are forward on their skis. Sometimes, in a profile shot they appear to be perpendicular to their skis.... but if the ski is pointed steeply down the hill, then they are in fact forward. If that was you, then you would feel way forward.
Deep powder is really forgiving. Sometimes, when it gets choppy, you may experience a little free fall on a turn as you drop down a couple of feet... that's pretty steep. Get used to it. The faster you turn, the better off you will be.
As you progress, you will be thinking how to use gravity instead if fighting it. And the fun begins.