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Old 02-19-2011, 06:38 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Fayewolf:

We rode in our first powder today. There was a section of our run that was all powder and then the powder ended and it was groomed - threw me off balance. Here is a video of our first time in a powder section. It was fun once you got used to it. Considering we've been riding on ice this past month, this was soooooo cool! It is snowing right now and should be another powder day tomorrow morning - can't wait! I did fall a couple of times but just lost my balance and fell on my butt - no biggy.

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Old 02-19-2011, 06:41 PM   #12 (permalink)
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What HoboMaster said.

The shoulders of groomed runs are a good place to go. If the resort is getting only a few inches of snow then you might try some more challenging runs, but if they're getting nuked then stay away so you don't get mired.

If the resort does evening grooming and it snows overnight, then those are the best runs on which to learn because the trail is perfectly even beneath the powder and you don't have too many surprises to deal with.
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Old 02-20-2011, 10:19 AM   #13 (permalink)
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However if you are getting nuked...find steeps, so when you fall you can easily get going and you don't have to swim out.
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Old 02-21-2011, 01:25 AM   #14 (permalink)
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The powder we have in Tahoe is wet. It will suck and sink your board in depper and deeper if you don't have enough speed. It probably is going to be deep next Friday. If that is the case, it is best to stay out of it. There is a reason that nobody ride those powder you see on the side of green runs.

HoboMaster's suggestion is good. I'll add that you can try the powder by the groomer that has been cut up a little. Stay close to groomed trail, don't stay in the powder too long in the beginning, just go in and out to have a feel. Ride on top of the part that is not packed. You will get the surfing feel if the snow is deep enough. Ride the cut up pow so you don't get stuck easily or it will be easier to get out when you are stuck because the packed area will give you better support.
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Old 02-21-2011, 01:45 AM   #15 (permalink)
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whistler got dumped last week, I went off trail, surfed deep powder for the first time, got stuck, hiked back in waist deep snow to the trail for a good hour and half ... tired for the rest of the day ... was it worth it ... totally
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Old 02-22-2011, 06:54 PM   #16 (permalink)
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If I stayed on the groomed runs, it shouldn't be a
prob?
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Old 02-22-2011, 07:09 PM   #17 (permalink)
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If I stayed on the groomed runs, it shouldn't be a
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Very funny. No snowboarder purposely avoids powder on a powder day.
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Old 02-22-2011, 07:58 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Thanks Snowolf. I'm thought powder is great because it's more forgiving for newbies, i didn't know it's going to require some whole new technique! I'm still going to stay along the groomers, but maybe taste a little bit and see what it feels like. I remember the first day I snowboarded, I couldn't control where I go and went onto the side and fell into powder, couldn't dig myself out!

So, even on the groomers, it'll be powdery enough that I need to weight more on my rear foot? even to initiate my toeside turn I do that?
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I like that video and how it shows discovery. "It's like you're floating!" "That is bizarre!"
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Old 02-22-2011, 08:31 PM   #20 (permalink)
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So, even on the groomers, it'll be powdery enough that I need to weight more on my rear foot? even to initiate my toeside turn I do that?
If it's only a few inches on groomers then you won't have to change your technique much if at all. You will still be able to feel the board bottom out on the groomed surface beneath the powder and it will feel stable.
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