Old 26-11-10, 12:17 PM   #1
 
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Powder question

I've skied a lot growing up in NM but took about 15 years off only going once or twice in that time. Starting about 3 years ago I began taking my family on an annual trip which has been fantastic. We have been to Breckenridge and Angle Fire, and this year we are going to Wolf Creek in S. Colorado.

Now to my point. Growing up in NM I never had much exposure to any powder deeper than about three inches. It is reported that Wolf Creek averages 465 inches a year and powder is much more prevalent. My question is, is there any different technique that needs to be applied in deeper powder?

thanks in advance,

Scooty
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Old 26-11-10, 12:58 PM   #2
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If you get lucky and have an epic powder day at Wolf Creek then you might want to look into getting some powder skis (if you are renting). They are much wider providing more surface area allowing you to float on top of the powder better instead of sinking all the way down.

You will notice that skiing in deep powder is VERY different then cruising on groomers. The best advice is to prepare as much as possible by getting your legs in great shape. The way you ski on powder is mostly a thigh work out as you do a lot of squatting and standing as you turn to jump up and turn. Think of it as if you are squatting down and then as you turn you stand in one fluid motion. Skiing in powder is much easier on steeper slopes as the momentum will help you complete the turns with less effort. Also, the deep powder will slow you down considerably offsetting some of the steep factor.

Consider taking a lesson in the morning for powder so you will have the experience for the rest of your years on the slopes and all the powder days ahead! I am jealous.
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Old 26-11-10, 01:18 PM   #3
 
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Thanks Andy, that is exactly the explanation I was looking for. Legs are already in great shape, but the technical aspect had not been explained to me. With any luck I will be blessed with a big powder day when we get up there and I can put your pearls of wisdom to the test.

Thanks!

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Old 26-11-10, 01:56 PM   #4
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I am jealous of your trip. We have a little one year old and I won't be getting away to the slopes this year. Wolf Creek has the best snow in Colorado. Once you get used to skiing in powder it's tons of fun.

One of the hardest things in powder is getting up when you go down. There is not a hard surface to stand up from. It's also easy to loose your skis in the snow if they come off so you end up having to hunt for them. It's about the most fun workout you can have!
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My girls are 6 and 8 and barring any deep, deep powder they won't be in ski school for the first time ever. We have heard nothing but good about the snow at Wolf Creek. Hopefully you can get back to the slopes in a year or two when that new child is a wee bit older.

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Old 28-11-10, 03:56 AM   #6
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Thanks for raising this question,
because I am going to Fernie B.C. in Feb & with their town / resort motto of "Legandary Powder", i was wondering as an Aussie, how to gop about tackling it.

I have been getting out on the pushbike a couple of times a week, but think I might have to "lift my game" a little, the work I do does keep me in shape, but I sure know it (well my thighs do) after a hard day's skiing.

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p.s. I am happy to take on any (good) advice people can offer in regards to skiing Nth America.
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Old 29-11-10, 01:50 AM   #7
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My dream is to go do powder, I hope you know the luck you have

Have an amazing time!!
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