How To Ski In Powder
Learning how to ski in powder opens up the door to many new places to ski, on trail and off. Learning to ski in powder takes practice, but luckily the practice part is a great amount of fun. Before you start skiing in powder, you will need to gather the proper equipment.
To ski in powder, you will need:
- Ski poles
- Ski boots
- A helmet
- Get in the proper stance. The first step in learning how to ski in powder is getting into the proper stance. When you are riding down the hill in powder, your skis should be about shoulder width apart with your knees bent, and your weight should be over the center of the skis. This is the position you will want to be in when you are riding straight in powder; turning in powder is a little different.
- Use your poles to help you turn. The next step is learning how to turn. The first step in turning is planting a ski pole on the side that you are turning towards. You can now use that pole as an anchor to pivot around. Turn both your skis in the direction that you are turning. Towards the end of the turn, shift your weight back on the skis. This will help lift your skis to the top of the powder and make it easier to turn again.
- Practice linking turns together. Once you have completed the first two steps, the last step in skiing in powder is linking turns together. This just involves practice, as you use the technique in step two to see whether you are more comfortable with small quick turns, big slow turns, or something in between. This practice is the most fun part, and once you have gotten good you can successfully ski in powder.