Skiing in powder can seem daunting at first, however with the right guidance it will be one of the most exhilarating experiences you can have on the mountain. Fresh powder can be heavy, deep and unpredictable, making it difficult to control your turns and maintain your balance. We have put together some of our top tips from instructors to help you ski in fresh powder like a pro!
When skiing in deeper snow, do always stay aware of the avalanche risk level in resort and don’t venture off-piste without the correct equipment. Make sure to book a guide if you are inexperienced.
The correct ski equipment will make all the difference when skiing in fresh powder. You want to choose skis that are wider than what you would typically use on-piste, anything between 100mm and 120mm is perfect, and with a rocker profile, this style of ski will help you to stay afloat and turn more easily in deep snow. If you have your own skis for the piste, don’t hesitate to rent some powder specific skis for the heavy snow days, you will be amazed at the difference the right skis can make!
You want to have a neutral stance when skiing in powder with your shoulders over your toes. Try to evenly distribute your body weight evenly between your two skis and keep them a bit closer together than usual so they can work as one unit and help keep you afloat on the powder.
Try not to be afraid of carrying more speed, aim to keep your skis pointing down the hill for longer rather than bringing them across the hill. Speed will help to generate lift keeping you afloat rather than being weighed down underneath the powder. The most important part about learning to be comfortable at speed is to always be in control.
In powder you don’t use the edges of your skis to grip. Instead, try to steer with your feet and legs, guiding your skis in the direction you want to go in. It will feel a lot looser and more fluid than what you are used to on-piste.
At Maison Sport you can book lessons specifically for off-piste skiing. Your instructor will be able to guide around the best spots in the mountain whilst also ensuring your safety and giving you technical pointers. You’ll be able to make progress and build confidence in a fun and supportive environment.
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