Tips for Skiing Corn Snow

May 20, 2014

We are less than a month away from the beginning of Cast and Carve and we can’t wait to ski corn snow. The key to spring skiing is to head out at the perfect time to hit those large rounded snow crystals in all of their glory. Fortunately, Tordrillo Mountain Lodge has the best guides in the business so you’ll always find the best corn snow Alaska has to offer. Here are some things to keep in mind when you head out for a spring skiing adventure:

Skiing corn snow during Cast and Carve

  • Follow the sun. Start your day skiing east-facing slopes and then work your way towards south-facing and eventually north and west-facing slopes.
  • When you are picking your line, make sure to navigate towards the smooth areas of the slope where the corn snow has not piled up, as the top layer can slough down the slope and create mounds of hardened snow.
  • Use a stable ski. This will allow you to make smooth carves through the pebble snow. Something around 100mm underfoot will give you the ability to confidently rip arcs down the slope.
  • Ski season isn’t over yet! A good ski tune will serve you well on corn snow. Skiing corn snow requires structure, edges and wax. A softer wax is better for corn snow. Wax helps waterproof a ski so that is can slide easily over wet surfaces.
  • Because soft snow can make some people nervous (due to its sticky nature) remember to let your skis do most of the work. Bend your knees and let the ski roll onto edge. Once you get the hang of carving turns, you’ll see what all the fuss is about. Corn snow is nothing but a good time.

Seats are still available for Cast and Carve during the last two sessions in June. For more information on dates and rates, click here. We can’t wait to show you just how much fun you can fit into one day. Corn snow and king salmon…what more could you ask for?

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