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Skiing backcountry mashed potatoes

post #1 of 9
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Hi everyone;
I am new to the forum but thought I would go for it. The two days immediatly after the big storm last week, I couldn't stand being inside with all the white stuff outside so I put my skins on my alpine skis and headed for the highest point from my house in Coal Creek Canyon. The snow was extremely heavy and thick. On the first day down I found that I was using old techniques to maneuver in the thick stuff or my skis would start nose diving into the snow. I was sitting back instead of staying centered. Which was bringing out a bunch of other things like rotating to pushing the tails out. The first day was the worse. The second day when I climbed back up I concentrated on try it stay more centered and also using my feet by rolling my feet in the direction of the turn. But, I was still having trouble with my tips getting buried. Since I have not skied this kind of snow since childhood in NH, that is untracked, and heavy snow, what would some suggestions? It was still great fun but I know it could have been more fun.

Eileen :
post #2 of 9
Welcome to EpicSki, Eileen!

Untracked heavy snow is definitely one of those areas where having the "right" skis on your feet make a big difference. Fat skis make it a lot easier.

Pretty much the same topic was recently discussed here, so you have a wealth of information to start you off. I'm sure others will add more.
Oh Crud!


[ March 27, 2003, 02:58 PM: Message edited by: KevinF ]
post #3 of 9

I was unable to open the link.

Eileen.....I too want to offer a warm welcome to epicski! I think you will find a wealth of information here and everyone to be very friendly!
post #4 of 9
Welcome to EpicSki, Eileen. Enjoy it.

I second Kevin's opinion about skis. What kind of skis were you on? Believe it or not, technique in this type of snow depends on your equipment.

If you are not on a ski with at least 110 at the tip and 74 underfoot you are at a distinct disadvantage.


ps, Kevin, I couldn't open the link either.
post #5 of 9
Ok, bad link has been fixed...
post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the information, and the link. "Very helpful." I was sking on Fisher 152 SC World Cup,Junior model. The last two days I have been constrating on staying centered with more tipping and rolling my feet with flextion and extension as the terrain dictates and letting the skis do the work and it has been a lot easier. But it is easest said than done. Milage seems to be needed as I find it easy to want to go with the comfortable and that ends up being a lot of work.
It is snowing now, and Iam looking forward to tomorrow to practice. It is a grand thing that it is snowing and I just have to practice sking powder and bumps and crud!! [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img] Eileen
post #7 of 9
Eileen, you need some real skis to ski this kind of stuff. Get something like Atomic EX's or Salamon Pocket Rockets. My 15 y/o likes his PR's. If your on a 152cm Junior ski you must be small. Even our J3 racer skis her GS skis on a powder or crud day.

We will need to know size before we can recommend what lenght ski you may want to try.
post #8 of 9
I agree with smithby. The model (and size of that model) of ski you are on is detremental to improvement in any off-piste conditions.

Are you very small? Don't be afraid of a wide ski. Today's skis will perform in the environment they were designed for despite a large width, as long as you are on an appropriate length for your size and ability.

[ March 28, 2003, 09:30 AM: Message edited by: NE1 ]
post #9 of 9
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I am 5'1"1/2. and weight in at about 110. Yes, I could be called small. [img]smile.gif[/img] Eileen
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