|Originally posted by cross453:
When I'm skiing powder, I constantly struggle to avoid falling back on my boots. I can go several runs without a problem, and then I get into a funk where I feel my weight go back on the boots and down I go, or sometimes my skis seperate and I have to work (wasting energy) to stay up and get my float back.
Any ideas on what I can do?
I couldn't ski powder for the life of me. One, maybe two turns and then, Toast, wet soggy, Toast. Feet two ways, body a third.
Then I went to Whistler one Christmas and there was 2' - 3' feet of fresh snow on the first day of my holiday. Well, I couldn't resist. I stated all the usual reasons, first day of holiday, out of condition etc. but realised the powderhounds would have tramped all over it by the morning.
Ok, so follow the SkiEsprit tour liaison instructor who was guiding our tour operator's group for the day. Down the black, whoopee. Forward roll back onto feet, whoopee. Only us two, where are the rest, whoopee! At turn two all that was going through my head for a while was 'How similar this is to skiing on the groomed. Why did I ever think I needed to do something different, whoopee!'.
All on long, skinny, old-style, knackered slalom skis (198cm, me 5'7" 135lbs). I had no idea why it seemed easy to turn, just that is was exactly the same skiing as on the piste.
In hindsight, I think it was a combination of no time to think about technique, no recent practice of skiing on the groomed, no briefing on how to ski powder and steeper terrain.
I have heard from intermediate/advanced skiers that heliskiing in powder is easy with fats but have never tried them.
I have had only two pairs of skis since, Volkl Motion Vertigo 170 and Head WC slalom 170. Both were fine in knee deep (actual depth around legs whilst skiing not depth on the ground or depth of billow)
Two tips I was given, emphasise a little forward shove of the feet (blow I can't remember exactly where in the turn it was, I think it was just before initiation from the fall, obviously movinf them back after)
use your knees and ankles to turn/wobble from side to side making the turns bigger and bigger down a steepish slope. I had been brought up to think that edging was bad in powder.
Do a couple of stationary jumps to centre the stance and keep it lower (not further back) than usual.
If you get to find some powder, do some turns for me please
[img]graemlins/angel.gif[/img] [ March 10, 2004, 10:30 AM: Message edited by: Nettie ]