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Old 12-13-2013, 10:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I live on the east, closer to lake Eire about 20 mins from buffalo. This past week it has dumped massive amounts of snow with no base in the trees. Since I love the trees so much and cant really stay out I left work early and decided to head to where the most snow had fallen. Colden NY reported they received 46 inches in 4 days so I felt that was the winner. Conditions where prime and it was probably the best night session I ever had over my 10 years of snowboarding. No ice, shit tons of powder; just epic.

My question here is what can you do when your in DEEP snow (especially with no base) and the slope angles are not allowing me to gain enough energy to go through the deep pow. Do I need to grab some buddies to groom it out with our boards or just wait till the skiers pack it? I kept on sinking but once I found a nice steep angle it was fine but the low slopes caused me to get stuck and sweaty. (This was mostly in the woods)

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I live on the east, closer to lake Eire about 20 mins from buffalo. This past week it has dumped massive amounts of snow with no base in the trees. Since I love the trees so much and cant really stay out I left work early and decided to head to where the most snow had fallen. Colden NY reported they received 46 inches in 4 days so I felt that was the winner. Conditions where prime and it was probably the best night session I ever had over my 10 years of snowboarding. No ice, shit tons of powder; just epic.

My question here is what can you do when your in DEEP snow (especially with no base) and the slope angles are not allowing me to gain enough energy to go through the deep pow. Do I need to grab some buddies to groom it out with our boards or just wait till the skiers pack it? I kept on sinking but once I found a nice steep angle it was fine but the low slopes caused me to get stuck and sweaty. (This was mostly in the woods)

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Did you set your bindings back on your board and try to ride mostly off your tail? I have never ridden in THAT deep, but in about 18 inches, I used my tail more like a rudder and tried to keep my nose up as much as possible. Also, pumping your body weight whilst carving is a good way to gain momentum. If you have ever "tic-tac'd" on a skateboard, you will know what kind of body motion I am talking about.

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Ride steeper terrain. As you get more experience with pow, you'll know how to keep the board floating and not lose momentum. Rocker and a larger board helps.
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Ride steeper terrain. As you get more experience with pow, you'll no how to keep the board floating and not lose momentum. Rocker and a larger board helps.
Yea my skills there, but the terrain and depth of snow wasn't allowing me to go any faster. Even bombing a short groomed section then hitting the glades with all the speed while riding on my back leg wasn't enough to carry me though the flat area. I think because there was no base was the reason for the intense sinkage. I also have a pretty large board that's built for pow and had no issues with deep snow when I went to CO this year. Im dealing with 753 Vert at this local resort, not much steep terrain to hit.
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Any comments or suggestions are appreciated.
Yeah unfortunately this is one area where the board makes the most difference. Big long board with a rockered nose will float better, meaning the snow under you won't pack down as much (which is where all your energy is going).

Also setback is key. Last year I was out in about 3 ft of fresh on a Burton Custom 156 and was nose diving all over the place, really struggling with that much snow. Went back to the car and grabbed the 160 with a bunch of setback and a big wide nose, and it made all the difference in the world!

If you can borrow a longer board or pick one up cheap go for it! I've got a 166 I'm going to try this year.
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