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Old 02-29-2012, 10:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Had my first pow day ever with 5" at Windham mountain. Best riding day I have ever had. I noticed on green and some of the easier blue runs, I would be riding flat based and just point the board straight down hill. Never felt like I would catch an edge. Is this ok or should I still be on an edge?
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Old 02-29-2012, 10:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If you're not touching bottom there is really nothing to "catch an edge" on. In reality you probably were using a little edge and just didn't feel it because it wasn't going 5" deep and hitting bottom, unless you never turn. Generally speaking you will use less edge in pow then you would on the same hill if it was packed.
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Old 02-29-2012, 10:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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That's the whole thing about powder, you don't have to be on an edge (your edges don't really do anything unless you hit hardpack underneath). It's like surfing, you steer with your back foot and use gentle motions to guide the board. Trying to dig in your edge is a big no-no unless your trying to come to a complete stop. It's a weird transition, but you have to let go of that instinctual urge to try and carve and just float. Make sure you transition some weight to your back foot - you will float better and it will make it easier to initiate turns as well.
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nope, in pow you dont use an edge, because there is nothing to dig into. you steer with the base of the board and with more leaning and body movements. When riding pow you want to be sitting back on it so you keep your nose up and have more control and float easier. also the more powder you have the steeper terrain you have to ride. Speed is key. Going fast in pow is very comfortable because there are no edges to catch and not really too much rough bumpy snow to get bucked around on, unless its chopped to hell you just cut through and float over any bumps. like i said as long as the snow isnt really choppy you can point down hill and as long as you have the board control and the crouched stance to absorb the bumps at high speeds you can send it straight down hill with little to no turns. i did that the first day of the year with a foot+ of snow. I went down this steeper blue bowl on the front side of my home mountain, and the only reason i ever added slight turns was to add some style and movement to my line because just going straight down hill was getting boring.
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The only thing an edge is good for in pow is hitting rocks.
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Old 03-01-2012, 06:59 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Ime...5" aint no pow...whether it be fluff or cream cheese. Thus does not necessitate being in the backseat, you should feel the bottom and you can be on the nose and slash the shit out of 5" with your edges. Btw if ur riding straight down the hill...whether pow or no pow, there are no edges to catch.

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I agree that faster is better in pow.

The biggest mistake I see people make in powder is over turning. People get on a steep slope and feel like they still need to make deep carving turns. They eventually just get stuck and start stumbling around in the deep stuff. It really is a vicious cycle.

The best thing to do is to just open it up and fly down the hill with more gradual turns. You will be surprised how fast and how steep you can ride in the powder and how easy and fun it is.

Soon the only problem you will have is figuring out how to see when the snow is flying in your face and how to breath with pow starts getting stuck in your mouth
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I agree that faster is better in pow.

The biggest mistake I see people make in powder is over turning. People get on a steep slope and feel like they still need to make deep carving turns. They eventually just get stuck and start stumbling around in the deep stuff. It really is a vicious cycle.

The best thing to do is to just open it up and fly down the hill with more gradual turns. You will be surprised how fast and how steep you can ride in the powder and how easy and fun it is.

Soon the only problem you will have is figuring out how to see when the snow is flying in your face and how to breath with pow starts getting stuck in your mouth
Yep. The only problem with riding awesome powder is that it makes everything else seem like teh suck in comparison.
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it seems fun to ride in pow, never ride in it. will try it next time!
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Old 03-02-2012, 01:17 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Yep. The only problem with riding awesome powder is that it makes everything else seem like teh suck in comparison.
So true. I have definitely become a snow snob. I'm heading to Stevens Pass this weekend and bumming that the forecast is only calling for 2-5 new tonight.

I have to get more into park stuff so I can still enjoy days with little to no new. I spend as much time off-piste as possible but it's hard to enjoy when it's crusty. Boxes and rails still look fun on those days but I suck at those.
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