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Powder Skiing

post #1 of 17
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Believe it or not we do on some occasions have powder days here in Vermont. I am an intermediate skier and since we haven't had much powder in past winters I don't ski it as well and with the finesse that I would like. I was wondering if anybody had any tips on skiing powder on shaped skis.
post #2 of 17
Here is what I always hear.

Keep your skis closer together almost like one ski so you float on top.

Try to keep your weight balanced in the middle of your skis not too far to the front or back.

Keep up a good amount of speed so you don't get stuck.

Whoop and holler often!

Make it steep and deep!
post #3 of 17
don't bring your skiis quite as far around at the end of the turn

feel your weight on your heels and tongues of your boots

exaggerate up/down

less independent foot action

i think that is how it is done

been so long since i've skiied pow, i almost forgot how!

Free your heels, poke your eyes out!
post #4 of 17
remember, everything moves in slow motion. stay centered on your skis and no sudden moves. let your skis bend and turn, be patient. Most of all have fun.
post #5 of 17
Some good advice here. People often make to much out of the difference in powder. The key is to remember you are now skiing IN the snow not ON it. There will be a delay in the reaction of the ski after you make an input to it. Treat the whole ski as if it was your edge. Work both leg together with a little more evenly weighted stance. Turn up your extending and flexing of your legs. Round the turn but don't finish it off as you would on groomed. You have some built in speed control from the snow build up. Edge the whole ski and steer with your whole leg. On groomed we get away with pushing our ski's around. This does not work in powder.(It doesn't work real well on groomed either, we just can get away with it) Always move your body away from your equipment. Not your equipment away from you. Think of dolphins playing. Have fun and dance with the mountain!
post #6 of 17
is life!
sorry responded to the topic not the question.
speed really helps & falling doesn't hurt as much.
exagerated movements, more centered but do not sit on your tails and block.

let it SNOW!!
post #7 of 17
To help to stay centered and keep from flailing about, keep your hands up where you can see them and tighten your abdominals. Keep a strong torso. It's essential to skiing the deep instead of the deep skiing you.

Also have a soft pair of skiis and boots in order to feel the snow in a more subtle fashion.
post #8 of 17
The best advice I got was to find a relatively tame trail that was still covered in powder (that can be a problem sometimes) and ski straight, centered with equal weight on both skis, to get the sensation of floating. Do this for a couple runs and then start with gentle, large radius turns using as little input to the skis as possible. Play around until you figure out what works and what doesn't. Remember- when you weight only one ski in powder, that ski sinks... a lot in some cases.

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post #9 of 17
alaska mike
Good advice. I would just add one step in the middle. After you get the feel for what it feels like to "float" try bouncing up and down slowly. Almost get the feel of weighting and unweighting on 2 skis instead of one. Then introduce big wide sweeping turns.
post #10 of 17
found myself in the san gabriels skiing with milesb on a powder day. i too have solicited advice here on powder technique and took this to the hill, and with some tips from milesb - "hands higher, knees together" - went after it, struggled, made tiny helpful discoveries but toward the end too worked by working too hard to put it together on steeper terrain. found resistance to letting the skis go, and also not being active enough with my feet, finding difficulty getting away from the subtle rolling required on a packed surface. i feel like i have more of a clue now, going into the next powder situation, but still very, very rough. (milesb, by the way, made this stuff look ridiculously easy. nice to watch but no way to keep up.)(by the way, milesb, check out MTBALDYSKIPATROL.COM for some pics of the NEXT day.)

skeeorBskeed. (i was skeed.)<FONT size="1">

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post #11 of 17
The best someone ever gave me for skiing powder.
"Remove all thought from consciousness, become the ski, become the snow, for in powder it is one!!!"

OK, so the guy was probably stoned but it worked for me.
post #12 of 17
It depends on how deep the powder is. When it's pretty deep I feel like I'm on a mini-trampoline pushing down to form a platform and retracting and turning while keeping everything subtle. In powder I keep my arms farther out to the side.
post #13 of 17
Once you recognize when your skis are floating, try it on a steeper slope. Pick up enough speed to feel your skis start to plane/float (which they can do under deep snow without breaking the surface) BEFORE you make your first turn. Speed and steepness are your friends. It took me far too long to figure that out by trial and error!<FONT size="1">

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post #14 of 17
Thanks for the compliment Ryan. Don't be dicouraged. Those were some really tough conditions that day ( low visibility, wet thick snow, very tracked up by snowboarders, lots of irregular bumps, etc.). Honestly, because of the conditions, I really couldn't tell how you ski! However, you will want to try to keep your hands up and in front of you in any event. Perhaps next time I can videotape you so the pros here can give you a better analysis.<FONT size="1">

[This message has been edited by milesb (edited January 30, 2001).]</FONT><FONT size="1">

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post #15 of 17
i like to not put to much wieght into the fronts of my boots try like these guys are saying stay centered all around and when u turn go from 50 50 weight to about 70 30 thats how i like to think of it so i hope it helps
post #16 of 17
Wrong things to do:
--Weight back on your heels
--Weight forward on your toes
--Weight on just one foot or the other at any time
--Quickie heel pushes to skid the skis around

Right things to do:
--Ski with both feet moving in unison
--Equal weight on both feet
--Weight balanced in the center of your feet
--Smooth turning movements
--Somewhat exaggerated pole planting movements--get your whole upper body moving
--Find the tempo the snow allows you to move when you're in the snow instead of on top of it
--Be prepared for an unusual speed vs. degree of slope sensation...you'll be slower on a familiar pitch
--Rent some softer, fatter skis
--Don't buckle your boots very tightly.  Maybe even loosen the top buckle.
--Balance, balance, balance.  Fore & aft.  Side to side. 
post #17 of 17
holy archive!  The OP hasn't made a post in 8+ years
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