Brush up on your technique before hitting the powder.
Skiing in powder is a little bit different than your typical groomed resort runs. Check out our tips below for a perfect powder experience.
1) Lower your expectations of where your skis will go as you get into heavier snow pack – less turning is more. Stay centered and ready to ROCK or ready for anything! Adjust your skiing with the elevation. Listen to the sound of the snow, feel the action underneath your feet. Light and responsive? Slow and gummy, almost? Change your approach.
2) Feel that pain? Thigh burn? Let it go. Focus forward and on your breath. The less turning and stopping the better. In all likelihood, you’re holding your breath, which builds lactic acid up in your muscles. QUIT THAT and just give’r!
3) Want better balance? FIRM, committed pole plant, STANDING TALL OVER your pole really works – let the skis bend and sway in the POW – you just need to DANCE!
4) STEEP TERRAIN INTIMIDATING? NOT quite making the turn shape you want? Can’t quite keep the groove the way you want to? Time to POLE PLANT & PUNCH.
As your pole goes into the snow, Punch your opposite hand forward. This keeps your upper body over your knees and in the middle of the skis.
5) Let them GO! (the skis, that is). It’s creative. Skiing is like painting on the snow. The paintbrush is your ski and the snowpack is your paint. Leave your signature on your masterpiece every time. Let the skis SHOW YOU where they want to go. There are no rules here.