Powder Skiing Tips

steep-powder-skiing-tipsThese past few weeks in the Tordrillos have been going off! We’ve been skiing nothing but deep, blower powder and we’re all smiles. While ski season is winding down in most of the lower 48, we wanted to give those of you who are lucky enough to still ski the deep some powder skiing tips.

If you haven’t skied powder before it can feel like trudging through mounds of sand with ankle weights but with the advancement of rocker technology and all around fatter sticks, it’s now easier to float on top of the white stuff instead of trying to wade through it. Even with these fatty boards, technique is still key so you don’t wind up back at lodge with quivering legs.

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Powder Skiing Tips

Keep up your speed.
“Don’t be afraid of speed. Go too slow and you end up mired in the snow, fighting it. Speed lets your skis float to the surface, where it’s easier to turn. Think of your skis as the wing of a plane: You need speed to get lift.”  —Aryeh Copa, ski photographer

Lean forward.
“In powder your goal isn’t to grip on a flat surface so there is no need to lay hard on the edges like on groomed run. In powder you are creating a bigger platform in the snow almost like riding a berm or a luge track that tilts with the turn. This means that turns in powder can have a little more lean with the whole body and a little less edging with the lower joints.” —The Ski Nerd

Ski in “powder position.”
“With your knees and hips aimed downhill, keep your skis shoulder-width apart and balance your weight evenly over the center of your skis. Make sure your upper body is always pointing downhill when you are skiing through powder. The only part of you that rotates is your lower body. This helps with your momentum and balance.” —The Skiing Experts

powder-skiing-tips-perfect-linesCarve, don’t chop.
“Lengthen your turns. Instead of making lots of short, thrashy movements, make smooth, long-radius turns that let you stay inside the white room for as long as possible. That way, your face shots last three times as long as they do with dainty little turns.”  —Shroder Baker, pro skier

Sources: SKI Mag Online, Section 8 Ski and The Skiing Experts.