In powder skiing, it is easier if you go faster, yet the turning is slow-motion. Speed is important because in powder, going too slow will result in you fighting the snow instead of moving through it. Advanced powder skiers often start a run by straight-lining a steep part of the slope to build up enough speed before they start to make turns. On lower-angle slopes, if you don't ski fast enough, you can come to a dead stop.
While speed is important, the turns should be done smoothly and slowly. Again, sharp, jerky motions with the skis or body will often lead to a fall. The turns should be gentle, just enough to check your speed, instead of sharply angled turns to check speed quickly. Work on getting comfortable with your feet and learn to feel that you are floating. Gently angle your body to slow down when necessary.
How might one deal with intermittent patches of thicker, loamier powder? This tends to be my issue at the cruddy east coast resorts here. All of the newbs snow plow the fluff into piles and it becomes a mini mogul fest.
I've tried staying light on the skis as I enter a big powder spot, but it usually ends up with a g-out once my weight settles back down.
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