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Old 11-20-2012, 02:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Any tips for digging yourself out after falling and getting stuck in deep powder? Like when you try to get back up normally, your hands just plunge into the snow and you're still stuck. I feel like it's a huge waste of energy, and there has to be a better way.
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Old 11-20-2012, 04:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I carry a can of "no more powder" and simply spray it all around then walk away.
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Old 11-20-2012, 04:31 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Whenever I get myself good and buried, I tend to make a little "step" by compacting the snow as much as I can. Think of it like making a snowball, but without making something you can pick up. Make a solid base that can hold some of your weight, and push on it to lift yourself out.
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It depends on where you are stuck and the snow. If its flat...gotta swim...if the snow will support it use your board as a surf board and paddle vs if its fluff then ur sol. If ur on a steep enough pitch, use your board to pack down and build up a platform to set your board on, then get on it and strap in (the tricky part) and continue shredding.

And the better way is....choose your lines wisely, ride a big poo board and don't biff.


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Any tips for digging yourself out after falling and getting stuck in deep powder? Like when you try to get back up normally, your hands just plunge into the snow and you're still stuck. I feel like it's a huge waste of energy, and there has to be a better way.
While I've never ridden in DEEP powder, I've been in new snow deep enough to be frustrating. Keeping in mind that on the west coast we get poo rather than pow, I just make a point of packing down some snow under my hands before even trying to push myself up. Pack it down enough and it'll hold your weight.
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Lay your board down , get on top of it and swim out.....yea sucks when you get into this but open your vents, do your best to stay calm, take your time and try and avoid working up too much of a sweat.
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:32 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I carry a can of "no more powder" and simply spray it all around then walk away.


Thats what I thought of when I saw that post. lol

As for how to get out, Snowolf best described what I do. One foot board until you can get room to strap in. It's a real pain, but better than walking. lol
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:39 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I think someone here posted this hint last year and I was able to use it on my trip to Fernie this past March. If you're wearing a backpack, take it off and use it to pack the snow behind you. Hopefully it'll pack enough to support your weight and you can push off of it.

Like has been mentioned, if you're on a flat you're pretty much SOL.
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What everyone has already said, and I've also found it easier to pack/dig snow and push off (if I stay strapped in) when I flip over to my belly instead of trying to get up off my butt in a seated position.
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What everyone has already said, and I've also found it easier to pack/dig snow and push off (if I stay strapped in) when I flip over to my belly instead of trying to get up off my butt in a seated position.
This is about the best advice right here. Get to where you go to standing from your knees. Of course you have to have a steep enough slope that you'll be able to ride once you are at standing. If it's flat it's probably post hole time unless the distance is short enough you can skootch through it...
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