Whistler has been hit with a massive storm and over the past week alone, has seen over 191 cms of fresh snow. For many, this means the most desirable conditions of the season are happening right now on the mountain: fresh powder and lots of it! Many of us just don’t get the opportunity to enjoy untouched perfection but that doesn't mean that the is reserved only for experts. Don’t let inexperience in the deep stuff hold you back! Here are five tips to help take you from newbie to veteran fresh powder shredder in no time!
You might be thinking that taking a lesson on a powder day is just absurd but in reality, a lesson can help teach you the skills to ski in these particular conditions. What's more, having an instructor means you will gain an inside perspective on where all the best powder stashes are!
For those new to deep snow, the fat skis and boards that can be seen in the lift line might look strange and out of place. In reality, this is just the gear you need for a powder day. Flat and reverse camber, wide shovels, early-rise tips, wide waists: these things all contribute to easier, smoother turns with the necessary float for riding in deep, fluffy snow. If you came a with a narrow pair of skis meant for ripping groomers, it is a good time to look at testing out the latest powder technologies.
Skiing powder is still just skiing but there is one important addition to remember: Speed. Especially if the snow is heavy or deep, you will need greater speed so your skis can more easily slice through the snow. As you become more experienced skiing powder, you will become more comfortable with greater speeds.
With new snowfall comes changing conditions and increased risk. Many riders don’t know that falling head first in a tree well is just as common in the resort and as dangerous as avalanches in the backcountry. In powder, it is easy to become stuck after a fall. Stay within line of sight of your ski buddy and carry a whistle in case you become separated.
This is the most important tip you will receive. Riding powder for the first time can be challenging and we can guarantee you'll spend a little bit more time than you may think in the snow but remember, you're out in the best conditions and in a world-class resort. Your ability to relax, and have a laugh at yourself if necessary, will significantly improve how fast you adapt to the deep conditions!