Firstly, I searchbarred and couldn't anything relevant to my questions. If such a thread has already been created I'd love a link!
I've been an East Coast park rat for the majority of my ski life. I'm a competent and versatile skier and I have never skied in deep snow.. like, ever. I realize that a pow day is the supreme event in the life of a skier and I'm anxious to get mine. To see kids in videos bombing through trees and off of wind lips and cliffs seems like the best time ever, of all time, forever and ever. Doesn't Tanner Hall say something about backflips and "hoots and hollers through the trees all day.."? Ya, that. I want that. And hopefully I'll achieve that dream this upcoming winter.
However, I feel like there is a horror story to match every righteous one. I've had friends stuck in tree wells, buried upside down off of cliffs, and generally swallowed by snow. To me, this is paralyzing. I understand the thrill of flexing the metaphorical middle finger in the face of Fear, but some significant part of me shies away from such a thrilling experience (and I'm not normally timid person, especially on skis.) It seems like even the best skiers are often bested by Mama Nature.
So, I ask you this: What are the fundamentals of skiing deep snow? I know that avy courses are always recommended, but what about the flip side of that coin? What about trees? And glades? Ski with a friend, I know that one. What are the other rules of thumb? What does the powder n00b need to know?
TL;DR // SPARKNOTES:
Skiing deep snow seems fun yet dangerous (for a variety of reasons). What are some basic rules of thumb to stay safe both in bounds/out of bounds on a pow day?
(Hit me with a past thread if you know of one!)