Step aside BPA, here comes a maggot submerged in BS
Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA
1st how can you see the surface better?
2nd someone skiing before you to test 'safeness' is the harb verison of avalanche safety and its WAY untrue.
3rd A lot more terrain for you to ski? explain?
and you last paragraph about getting down to the bottom of the snow is one of the stupidest things I have read on here. I enjoyed the kind comments in my SL thread and would trust your opinion on groomers or hardpack but this entire paragraph says to me you really dont 'get' powder skiing.
Balance is always changing and its neither fore or aft but centered, and being on top of the snow with wider skis make balancing easier for anyone of any skill level. The irony is you can be much more forward on the right skis.
If you want to discuss how everyone else is wrong and there is only one way to do things you know what site to go. Lets leaves these threads on epic to people who actually have skied powder lots before for advice.
Common BPA, thanks for your nice comments on my feedback in other thread. However, there are things that you dont know about me. My powder skiing side. If you think Im good on groomers you should see me in powder (maybe I should be writing this in my bragging thread from a few years back
) Anyway, yes, you are right about many things and we have a totally different approach to powder skiing. You are obviously young and new school and Im old and old school. I dont ask for your respect because out there we are equal except that I ski on regular skis and you on phat skis. I would love to try a pair but sofar I have not been able to time powder and phat skis. You surf the top with speed while Im burried deep down below and slow. I told you before, if I bought phat skis it would mean buying phat skis for the whole family... iiik and that would not go my whife unnotissed. Anyone married will know what Im talking about.
Anyway, your questions.
If I stare at a totally white surface that blends with the horizont and the mountains behind and with a bit of occational fog or snow fall then I tend to loose sight of the surface. The more I stare the more white everything becomes. If the surface is tracked I get contrasts and everything jumps at me. It could be an individual thing but I bet there are others out there with same "symptoms".
This is hard to debate from your side especially if HH is on my side. Did not read the whole thread but Im also very much in vote for maximum safety. It wasent allways like that but its funny how children changes many things in your life. Skiing out of bounds is not what I do nowadays but sometimes I get tempted because its such a nirvana skiing offpist. For me tracked powder is a reassurement that somebody besides me whent down the same way. If he got stuck in a canyon Im bound to meet up with him and we can lend each others mobil phones and call for help. Also, from an avalanche persepctive its safer. Its allways more risky skiing down as the first one.
Well, lets say we have a piched football field of powder. Dont know how many old school farming tracks it takes but a whole lot more than totally undisiplined phat ski blasting. Old school farming maybe 50 tracks, new school maybe 5 GS type tracks. This means that 50 new school skiers (majority of the skiers out there today) need 10 football fields of snow to blast in virgin snow. This is where I step in, farming that powder left behind. Im not bashing you guys, in some wierd way it turns out Im full of gratitude. Untracked snow you will find in places like st anton or verbier for only a few hours. Tracked powder you will find for days.
Being forward is what powder skiing is all about. For as long as I can remember 60s and onwards, there has been a majority of skiers that are in the back seat while skiing powder. Some do it because they are affraid. Some do it because otherwise their skis will not turn. Some do it because they think thats the proper way. Anyway, thats all junk. I think we agree on this. The problem is just that like in other skiing like moguls and even on gromers we need to flex and extend our legs. Back pedalling in the moguls. This happens in powder as well. Especially if there is powser on bumps. That is my speciallity. Thats where I rule (and then I wake up, right LOL). Anyway, stay forward, yes stay forward. Especially if you are on phat skis. That much I know even if I never skied on such skis. Thats because Im a pro, go with a pro, allways go with a pro
BTW, I never said anyone was wrong did I? If I did, my sincere apologies..... Thanks, TDK6