Originally Posted by Bazza
This technique looks to me like a more aggressive version of what you do on the piste with an up unweighting (pop) to change edges, and a down weighting to carve the turn (schmear).
Have I understood this correctly, because I have also read advice that in powder we should use a down unweighting or absorb to switch edges?
10cm of powder = 4 inches of powder, hardly a powder day. Could be fun to ski but not what I think of as a powder ski. When I think powder skiing technique I think of snow that your not hitting the bottom at all in. This could be due to the skis your on as well as how deep the snow is.
Then He talks about how this was made popular by Scot Schmitt. Yeah it was, Scot had to ski like that because he was limited to what equipment he had in his day. I am willing to bet that with todays skis he doesnt limit his turns to just what jeff shows you.
So does this work? yes it works it obvious in the video. Would it work in a couple feet of powder? probably given your strong enough but I feel it would be a very tiring way of skiing powder.
The problem with down unweighting turns is that they are extremely hard to learn and teach, also in powder it requires a ski big enough to platform it selt out of the snow. Most think they are more 'tiring' than using up unweighting. They are actually less tiring because in down unweighting when your legs are compressed they are barely weighted when your legs are long in the turn is the only time they are weighted.