With all the snow in the Northeast from the recent storm "Nemo" people are wondering how do I ski it? Some locations got more than 20 inches of snow. You might need your snorkel in some areas! Here are some quick tips to help you get the most out of the recent powder.
- Stay centered. Most people think that you have to lean back to ski powder or deep snow. This is so your ski tips will float and you won't get bogged down in the powder. Instead, stay centered and with wider skis and rocker technology, flotation is no longer much of an issue.
- Find steeper pitches. There is more resistance in powder snow and so you need some steeper pitches to get your momentum going. Speed can actually be your friend and will make it easier to find a rhythm.
- Narrow your stance. When your skis are closer together there is less of a chance of your skis crossing or having them go in opposite directions which equals a face plant very quickly.
- Pressure your skis more evenly. Now that your skis are closer together, weight them more evenly in terms of foot-to-foot pressure. Sure, you will still have more pressure on the outside or downhill ski than the uphill or inside ski. However, trying to even out the pressure will keep one ski from sinking while the other one floats to the top and then turns on you without warning!
- Turn your skis at the same time. With a narrower stance it is easier to turn your skis at the same time. You can get into trouble quickly when you turn one ski faster than the other and cross them!
Follow these simple tips and you are sure to make the most out of your "Nemo" experience! If the face shots are endless, you might need a snorkel!