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Tree skiing technique?

post #1 of 3
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I posted this in a thread on the gear section, as it seemed a different technique requireing different gear is used to ski trees.  News to me.

Some one want SL performance on groomers and a good ski for trees.

Here's what I posted,

"I really don't have much recent experience in skiing trees, so rather than suggest you get a pair of Kästles or a Volkl with a switch, I will ask my questions and maybe the answers will trigger some good advice.


I don't understand.  Is there a different technique used to ski just because trees are present?


It seems to me the difference is that you are on snow that hasn't been treated, groomed, packed down, etcetera, and is therefore softer.  What you need is a softer ski for the trees than for the piste.


If you want SL performance on the hard stuff, then you need a fairly stiff ski, like RC4 WC SC, or depending on how low your standards are, RX8 or similar.  These would be too stiff for softer deeper snow; for snaking around trees at slow speeds in soft snow you need a soft ski."

Now the question:  How is your technique different for skiing trees (ok not skiing trees, but skiing where there are lots of trees).

post #2 of 3

Well, there are trees, then there are trees.


Which are we talking about here? A bump run with a few trees thrown in, or a run with forced straightlines, gaps where both your shoulders hit the trees and the only places to dump speed are a foot wider then your skis?

post #3 of 3

good point ghost.

as a favorite playground of mine, I have a few other thoughts that might be worthwhile.


 i agree that a more friendly ski makes tree skiing more fun. more friendly skis allow your to blend your turns to get the desired shape and speed. skis that have too much of their own mind tend not to be playful in trees.


So, while trees aren't a different technique, it's all about tactics. where you look, where you finish your turns, how you visualize your turn shapes blending w/ the terrain and trees. knowing how to vary your turn shapes, blending more or less skid, more or less carve, to create the shape and speed that allow you to ski the line your eye says is right, that is the key. it's tactical, but the technique to vary those blends is more important than in an open bowl, where you can let the ski run its course... (maybe that is one of the reasons I love it so much. the problem solving of listening to the snow and forest and giving it what it wants. all the ballsy youth can point there huge skis down and ride em these days, but the touch and tech required to make a tree line flow can be very rewarding...)


anyway, just a thought. I know you aren't looking for guidance on this, but those that read you title may get something worthwhile.




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