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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-13-2008, 04:40 PM
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Tips for riding powder?

i'm just a bit curious as to what people have to say here, because it seems to completely change the way you have to ride. lean on your front foot in powder, and you're sure to take a tumble. this makes turning much different. some days i totally get it, and others i have a lot of difficulty. maybe it's that it is difficult to gauge how much pressure to put on the board to get a decent turn? thoughts?
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Mount your bindings all the way back on a pow day. It helps keep the nose up over the snow, you don't fight the board. I ride a pintail in the backcountry, so that it naturally pops the nose up. If I am going really slow, I do need to lean back a little though. Overall when riding pow it should be easy. Your board should stay above the snow, and you should be able to lay hard carving turns. Speed is generally not much of an issue because the powder slows you down. In tight trees of course you'll want to control it, but in wide open terrain big arcing turns should do the job for you.
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Killz knows for sure. I will only add as I battled this at first as well..mostly in the trees where you need to turn, you do do the opposite as you were taught and use your back leg to turn. Keep up the fight, as once you stop getting stuck and ride through the trees and head down steeps in powder, it is the greatest for sure....
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if you get to ride on powder, you better be on the first lift til last or will come and get you!

it has been since 2003 since i last felt it bottomless.

gutted

Just coz you don't understand it
Doesn't mean it makes no sense!
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if you get to ride on powder, you better be on the first lift til last or will come and get you!

it has been since 2003 since i last felt it bottomless.

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It's been since last Saturday since I've felt bottomless pow...
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rearrange this sentence KC:

big suck you balls hairy

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i should hopefully feel some bottomless tomorrow. it's dumping up in the mountains right now. heading up tonight and breckenridge is reporting almost a foot with more on the way!
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i should hopefully feel some bottomless tomorrow. it's dumping up in the mountains right now. heading up tonight and breckenridge is reporting almost a foot with more on the way!
oh, and i'll for sure be one of the first in line at whichever mountain i choose to head to in the morning. i was almost feeling a little too sick to come into work today....*cough cough*
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Lightbulb Just to be different - Rinse it out Proper

I'm a junkie/glutton/whore/fiend/die-hard when it comes reveling in natures finest element. It is.... worth more than gold, and I'll do anything to get it. All that being said:

I've always ridden all the way forward and now (because the boards allow it) I ride perfectly centered. Setting your stance back for pow is a standard, but not an absolute rule.

Once you know how to plane on the surface i.e. Keeping your tip up and letting gravity pull you squarely down the fall-line. You wait (weight he he) till your reach maximum velocity. Then you arc, or dump your speed in an effort to envelop yourself in "The Whiteroom" Why? Because that is bathing in water in it's purest form. Straight from the Heavens.

Up unweight out of that apex and into... the weight/wait for it turn. Rinse and Repeat


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I just got back from Mary Jane and there was 16 inches from last night and another 6-7 from this morning and it is still dumping. I think you only get a couple of days like this is CO a year, so I had to go. What an experience. I have ridden up to knee, at place waist deep before...but to have it super ass deep the whole run is awesome. Every once in awhile you feel your tail skip over a bit of solid pack. I am for sure moving my bindings back another notch for tomorrow morning. You can survive without it, but when it is this deep you will be leaning back a ton...I cannot wait to get back up there...sucks to have to work tonight....Ben
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