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A Park Rat's Adventures Into The Unknown
Here's the deal, I ski park, I've always skied park. Consequently, I suck in pow. I do however do want to learn how to not suck in pow, so that's why I'm making this thread.
In the past my endeavours into the deeper stuff have resulted in me laying back as hard as I can on my tails, getting severe shinbang and diving into the snow and totally getting my Tall T soaked...
What I would like is advice on how to learn to ski deep stuff and what sort of skis would suit me learning to ski fresh snow properly. I wouldn't be planning on skinning or hiking anywhere, but I would like to be able to enjoy the untracked snow between runs and be able to hit some kickers/drops on the side here and there.
My spec: 1.88m (6'2), 75kg (165lbs), Size 11 shoe, brown hair & eyes. Usually ski in Sweden, but will probably be going to the Alps more in the next few years, hence the interest in deeper snow.
I currently ride Head JO Pros (love them) and I'm fairly proficient in the park - I can do some flips n' shit.
Any advice is of course welcome!
So is pretty much anything else, make me laugh!
"Jesus Christ" - Mr. Slave
A good general tip for pow skiing is to learn how to carry speed and work with the terrain. Some of the best skiers to watch in pow look like they are just flowing down through the mountain. Keep your eyes up and work it.
Wear an actual jacket and not a tall tee to start
it is kinda hard to ski pow with park skis, either you lean back and fly down the mountain or ski normal and dont go anywhere
I would definately get a seperate pair of fatter skis, 4frnt yle's sound like they would be right up your alley. Secondly, break the backseat habit. Carry your speed so you can float even on narrower skis, and ski over your center or putting pressure forward always. This will definately be easier on pow skis but you gotta do it no matter what you are riding on
"Skiing isn't about who can look the best on camera and throw the biggest tricks, skiing's about getting out there with your friends and having fun."
Saga: That's exactly what I want, the way those guys just seem to fly down the mountain effortlessly all while having an awesome time!
Yeah, I really do need a decent jacket and I'm definitely thinking about getting some bigger skis, Yle's look absolutely awesome. I'm gonna have to keep at it to get the balance to stay afloat and be able to turn without laying on my tails to make this work!
"Jesus Christ" - Mr. Slave
Brown eyes are a MASSIVE no-no for skiing pow.
You're probably gonna want to go for a shorter ski based on your park skiing. Don't. Short skis suck, long skis truck. That saying is magnified 100x in soft snow. Look at 192 bentchetlers, AK JJs, 192 line opus, 193 helldorados, 191 Caylors, etc, etc.
He has the worst of both worlds though as he has the brown hair as well, you should really think about dying your hair. Your pow skiing will improve a lot.
Afterbang is not a trick, it's a way of life
ON3P fo' life
this ^^ and you might want to try lengthening your feet as well, a size 11 shoe is an absolute no go for pow skiing, you'll sink like a rock without sizes 13-14.
You'd probably benefit from a lesson.
^this. Go get a free ride lesson. They will look at how you Ali now and give you the best advice on what to work on. They may also have demo kit you can try
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