Tips for Skiing Corn Snow | Tordrillo Mountain Lodge

Tips for Skiing Corn Snow

September 15, 2020

The beginning of Cast and Carve begins soon and we can’t wait to ski corn snow. Corn snow refers to the clumps of snow that form because of repeated melting and freezing of snow. This usually happens into the spring ski season. 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 skiing Alaska has to offer. Here are some things to keep in mind when you head out for a spring skiing adventure.

Follow the Sun When Skiing

Start your day skiing east-facing slopes and then work your way towards south-facing and eventually north and west-facing slopes.

Choose the Best Line

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.

Get Your Skis Tuned

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 it can slide easily over wet surfaces.

Let Your Skis Do the Work

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!

Skier prepared to ski down a tall mountain in Alaska on a corn snow skiing trip with Tordrillo Mountain Lodge.

Contact us today to learn about availability, rates, and additional information for Cast and Carve. We can’t wait to show you just how much fun you can fit into one day. Corn snow paired with king salmon fishing brings about a memorable Kings and Corn adventure in Alaska. What more could you ask for?

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