By Susi, Instructor at Snowbird Mountain School
5 Secrets to Managing Powder Gracefully
The Powder came right on time for our Wednesday morning coaching session. The Skimums ventured out to lower Old Ladies (don’t read anything into the name; we don’t judge the guys when they ski Baldy) then to Hoop’s and found some nice creamy powder to play in! Skimums found 5 simple rules to turned them into serious powder hounds.
2. Patience is key: In powder it takes more time for the skis to react to skier input. Steer your legs to create open round C-shaped turns, so that the skis keep flowing. Z-turns are harder to manage and interrupt the flow.
3. Speed is your friend: The skis are buried in the snow which creates more friction compared to groomed terrain. Powder slows you down and you need speed to keep moving!
4. Stay balanced over your feet: Contrary to common belief, you don’t lean back in powder. Ski in a balanced position (think “crouching tiger”). Conditions change with every turn, so you have to work constantly to stay in balance! Backseat skiing is not healthy for the knees and way too tiring!!
5. Build a platform: It is very helpful to narrow your stance, so that the skis build somewhat a single platform and are easier to turn. Most importantly, to become great in powder you have to keep skiing powder!Hopefully, we get another powder opportunity this week and we can even explore other secret places on the mountain!!
PSIA Alpine Technical Manual