Old 19-12-07, 03:16 PM   #1
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Off piste skiing

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I'm a pretty confident piste skiier, and quite good .
Though im not confident about skiing off piste, like anyone the powder entices me, i was wondring whether anyone had any tips for me, as im not entiely sure how to ski deep powder. and id love to ski it more often and be confident in what im doing.
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Old 20-12-07, 12:46 AM   #2
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the best way to learn to ski powder, is just to ski powder. in truth the technique is basically the same once you get the hang of it. BALANCE is the key, on both feet. some people recommend to 'lean back' but that isn't what they really mean. they should say 'balance more on your heel then your toes' but once you get the hang of it, your weight should be evenly balanced on feet, just like on-piste
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Old 20-12-07, 02:41 PM   #3
 
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i say lean back, if you have ever been surfing, youll know if you lean forward your board digs in and throws you off. if you watch powder videos sometimes people lands jumps and then start flipping, and thats because their tips dug in.lean back so you float on the powder, and always put your pole down as a pivot point when turning
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dont try to take the tight little turns you would usually do the deep powder will slow u down . i also recomend leaning back because if u do not the tips of ur skis will dig in at ur skis will pop off.
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The advice to "Lean Back" just isn't right!! I went out to Alta last year and took some powder skiing clinics (great way to learn powder, by the way) -- really, you have to keep leaning forward just as you usually would, but you also have to keep up your speed. The reason people fall in powder and get stuck isn't because they are leaning forward, but because they are turning their skis too far up the mountain at the end of turns, which makes it difficult to swing around again. Also, leaning back means that you get out of control, and it makes it very hard to turn. My tips for powder skiing are below (some paraphrased from the ski instructor I learned from last season) -- But as everyone else has said, you have to essentially do it to learn!

1. You're never going to have the exact feeling of equilibrium between turns that you will get on groomers when you're skiing on powder. Momentum is key to balance. If you slow down or lean back, you lose control and lose speed. You have to keep a little bit of speed to keep up in powder, especially when it's deep.

2. Learn to pole plant consistently, and use your pole plants to help balance your body and plan your line. Imagine planting in a straight line, and turning in S-shapes around your plants. Force yourself to turn even if you don't feel quite "ready" -- the powder will slow you down a little and your momentum will keep you up.

3. Don't worry at all about uneven snow or bumps when you're in powder. As long as you have your momentum and are pointing your skis downhill rather than across the mountain, you'll be okay. (This takes a while to get used to, but skiing in powder, even when it's choppy, isn't anything like skiing on harder bumps. You kind of just float through the bumps, and you feel a little as if you're surfing, or as if the snow is flowing under your skis.)

4. Keep your skis pointed down the hill and turn with as much "flow" as possible. Don't get into the habit of going too far across the hill or pointing your skis too much across or up the hill to slow down -- this makes it really hard to turn and to keep momentum going in the deep stuff, and if you slow down, then you fall. As scary as it is at first, it will be much easier to keep up speed and momentum than to constantly slow down and speed up.
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Old 29-01-08, 02:47 AM   #6
 
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i say lean back, if you have ever been surfing, youll know if you lean forward your board digs in and throws you off. if you watch powder videos sometimes people lands jumps and then start flipping, and thats because their tips dug in.lean back so you float on the powder, and always put your pole down as a pivot point when turning
Lean back?? Hmmm, okay I'll try to do that too... When is this applicable?
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Old 02-02-08, 02:23 PM   #7
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Cheers for all the replies, i think ill just keep skiing off-piste and see what technique works best.
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Old 02-02-08, 04:15 PM   #8
 
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well good luck
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Old 12-02-08, 06:04 AM   #9
 
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Cheer up blue square laid it all out. Sounds like right out of the PSIA handbook.

You can't initiate turns properly when you are sitting on your tails. Equal weight distribution is essential with your body centered. But the key is momentum/speed--that's what keeps your tips afloat in the pow and allows you to slice thru the pow, even out of the fall line if the terrain is steep enough and you've got enough speed/momentum.
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