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Old 02-13-2011, 06:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What is powder good for?

If there's too much powder your board gets stuck.

Powder seems good to land in if you're landing off an epic jump.

Aside from that - too much powder seems like an obstacle like quicksand.

What are your thoughts on this?

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Never thought about it but very good question. For me it is quiet, soft, pretty and fast if you ride it correctly. It is also forgiving if you are trying to carve or anything else new for you. Just my two cents...
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If you don't know how to ride powder it can be a terrible experience, if you do know how to ride it, it is the reason to own a board...BR
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I can honestly say i live for powder. I have been out west 2 times this year(jackson hole, steamboat). Yes it is a pain at first if you have no idea how to ride it but in the end i love it more than anything. Words cant describe when i go on a glade run with 2ft of fresh stuff. I am fairly young but all i think about all day is my next trip out west. Shredding pow. That is why the ski bum life style inspires me
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I live for powder, that's all I would ride if I had the choice. If your getting stuck find some steeper terrain. There is no such thing as too much powder.
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I live for powder, that's all I would ride if I had the choice. If your getting stuck find some steeper terrain. There is no such thing as too much powder.
Ok - thanks for that perspective.

So I'm guessing that 1 foot of powder is generally considered deep powder at most ski resorts.

How much of an angle should the slope have for me to shred 1 foot of powder effectively?
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This season was my first real pow experience when I went to Tahoe. At first, I was so tired from getting stuck. Then I realized that it was because I kept slowing down for my wife and her sister. I quickly learned from it and just said "meet you at the bottom".

Let me tell you something, if you keep your speed and learn how to surf the pow (I'm saying surf because you can't carve pow like you do groomers when it's deep), there's nothing else like it. I couldn't get enough. Even when I hit transitions into the groomers, I found myself avoiding the groomed middle and riding down the sides where all the novices left it untouched.

Words can't describe my love for pow now and I'm already excited for my next trip next season. If I had a choice, pow would be all I ride as well.

By the way, I'd much, much, much rather be jumping into pow than having to worry about clearing a knuckle to an icey landing.
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Ok - thanks for that perspective.

So I'm guessing that 1 foot of powder is generally considered deep powder at most ski resorts.

How much of an angle should the slope have for me to shred 1 foot of powder effectively?
1 foot...not deep....4+ feet
slope angle depends on pow type, board and your skills...yesterday, shredding 1 foot deep on non powder board with maybe/idk 20 degrees
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Ok - thanks for that perspective.

So I'm guessing that 1 foot of powder is generally considered deep powder at most ski resorts.

How much of an angle should the slope have for me to shred 1 foot of powder effectively?

You just need to spend more time doing it, as long as you have speed, you can get through flat spots, but you cannot let the front of the board sink. It takes time to learn to ride it. I am in CO and you can usually find a foot in the tree much of the time by learning good spots and the wind. On days when storms come through, you can find it almost anywhere on the mountain. But the few times a year when you can get the snow between knee and waist deep are the money days. I am typically only up on the weekends, so I get fewer of those than I did in the past, but it does not get better than have a face full of snow and you did not fall to get it
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