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Old 01-05-2012, 11:37 AM   #12 (permalink)
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speed is critical, depending on how much powder of course. The more snow you have the faster you need to go. Some terrain can be very fun and dandy with 3-4", but 8+ and it becomes impossible. That happened last year. I under estimated how much speed i needed to do a regular valley glade we always do when we had about a 2ft snow, and i get half way into it and come to a stop and get stuck and it takes me over 20 minutes to hike out 20 feet so i can strap in on a incline enough to get going again. Im not sure if you are getting stuck because you are falling or just slowing down and stopping, but they usually go hand in hand. the slower you go the easier it is to fall over. As previously mentioned set your bindings back and keep the nose up. pow is all about floating and surfing, so all your turns are smooth and wide. On normal hard snow you use your edges to dig into the snow on turns. in powder you aren't carving or digging in an edge so you turn with the base of the board pushing against the snow, so you use a lot more full body leaning instead of mostly lower body with carving on normal runs. Sorry if the way i described it doesn't make sense, i haven't gotten to ride any pow this year so the actual specific mechanics and feel are cloudy and not very vivid. Its hard to describe something i detail when you haven't done it in 9 months.
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