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Position in Powder

Position not strength in Powder

Powder skiing is about position and not strength. Most recreational skiers make two basic mistakes when skiing powder, first they over turn their skis and two they lean back. This combination creates frustration and a cry for more grooming.

Remember these simple tips on the next powder day…

1)     Ski the slope in sections; always know where you are going to stop before you start to ski. This will give you a goal. It doesn’t matter if its two turns or five turns away.

2)     Don’t over turn your skis; let the friction of the snow slow you down.

3)     Stand tall between turns, this will move your hips over your feet and allow you stay in a balanced position.

Skiing the slope in sections is a powerful technique because if you can make three great turns and stop and repeat that again and again you’ll have a great over all run and not be worn out from the falls that occur on the fourth and fifth turn! Plus this will build confidence that will eventually allow you to ski longer sections.

Not over turning your skis is very important in deep snow. Remember the friction of the snow will slow your skis down and if you allow this to happen you will notice that the turn initiation will become much easier and you’ll have more energy to ski consistently in the section of slope you have chosen to ski.

And finally standing tall between turns will provide you with an athletic stance that will take the pressure off of your thighs and allow your position to turn the skis rather than your strength.  And the result will be that you’ll be able to stop at the location you originally selected at the top of your section of the slope.

Remember, powder skiing is the ultimate experience on skis and if you approach it in this manner you can begin to unlock the magic that awaits you when you ski powder with position and not strength.

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Dan resides in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and is available for private clinics throughout the world, and in New England . Dan welcomes teenagers and adults, either as individuals or groups. www.deganmedia.com, www.skiclinics.com, www.boston.com/egan

2 Responses to “Position in Powder”

  1. On December 6, 2012 at 6:08 pm Dan responded with... #

    Skiing powder is the dream of all skiers. The reality is often not the same as the dream, but if you break the run down in sections you will see a huge difference is how you are able to handle the fresh snow.

  2. On December 6, 2012 at 6:08 pm Dan responded with... #

    Part of skiing powder is having the right equipment. Make sure your skis have a 88 or wider under your binding. The ski will handle better in the new snow.

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