Powder – Ski Lesson, How to ski Powder


Skiing the powder, let me give you a quick lesson on how you can do better in the powder, how all the good things we learned in the other chapters relate to what you need to do in the soft snow. There is no different technique required it all builds up on the skills that you have seen in the other chapters. Where are the problems that recreational skiers often have with the powder? One of the main things that happens is that skiers get nervous about the fact that their skis are all covered in snow In difference to a groomed run where I am standing on a nice corduroy and I can just turn my skis being here in soft snow I cannot just turn my feet and people have the feeling as if they are locked in and they find it hard to get the skis into the fall line Feeling stuck in the powder skiers often use their whole body to force the skis into the turn and as a result often lose their balance So being able to ski the powder comes down to basic skiing skills. In my new ski instructional I will show you how you can improve your skills to be able to create a clean release in the turn initiation and how to be able to find a stronger platform in the second half of the turn. These skills will first be practiced on groomed runs, and once improved will help you to progress in all other areas In order to improve our performance in the powder We therefore often need to make a step back to an easier environment where change can happen. Little mistakes that don’t show on an easier groomed run will hold you back in the off piste and therefore need to be changed first. The biggest secret about skiing the powder happens in the pressure phase of the turn When we are using our whole body to push the snow underneath our skis together And if I push snow together what happens is that it changes from a fluffy consistency to something firm. If kids for example make snowballs They will never make snow balls that look like this, kids know I push the snow together I apply some pressure, and then I can actually get something that will have an effect if you hit someone. Same with skiing the powder. I want to use my weight to push the snow underneath my skis together. and if I do that then I will have a solid plattform that I then can use to come up and forward, that I can use to initiate a turn in exactly the same way as we have done it on the groomers. So exactly the same skill of building up pressure, balancing against something down there with the only difference that in the powder I need to do it a little softer, I need to adjust a little bit to the snow So the feeling is KEY in skiing the powder and that changes with how much snow there is and with the consistency of it. Have a look at these exercises here that will give you a good idea and help you improve the feeling of how you can actually push the snow together and how long it takes until until you find a solid platform and once you have found that feeling that there’s something underneath you that you can then step on then you will feel much more comfortable to also link some turns. So look into these exercises first, and then we will take you to the next step. The first exercise I want you to do is to traverse across a hill with a little bit of fresh snow on top Then just push first your left then your right leg down and see how far you’re actually sinking in. How much you will sink obviously depends a lot on what kind of skis you’re on. The wider your ski is, the bigger that surface is, the less it will take until you feel some resistance if you’re on skinny slalom skis it will take a bit longer and it will take a little more skill to find that pressure plattform So left, right, left, right and try to feel where is the moment where I get some resistance? In the next step we push both legs down at the same time When we can feel the platform we come up and forward and let ourselves float to the top again By doing this a little more dynamic we will be able to get more out of the snow try to get more release to get out of the snow as much as possible before you go down again. As we’re coming up and forward our tips will start to build up pressure first resulting in a slight dolphin move similar to what we have practiced in the short turn chapter These exercises are all about getting a better feeling for how much I can push the snow together when do I feel a good plattform that i can use to push off from If we want to walk up on snow we are doing the same thing We don’t just push our legs in we try to very carefully make one step after the other we make our movements a little softer we don’t try to be hectic and run up there as if I’m walking on eggs find out when do I have enough resistance to make the next step And that’s very similar to what I do in my powder turns. I build up the pressure and then use that balance Platform to come up and forward into the next turn I don’t want to be too hectic, too wild. I want to make my movements as soft as the snow is. No Movement – No pressure build up – No release If I stay static in the same position and just try to do my turns by turning my feet I will find a lot of resistance down there and I will realize it’s not working that well I could do it quite okay on this one because there’s not that much snow If there’s more snow, and I try to just turn my feet Then I will also need to use my body to force them around Just think about it. If I force my body around in this direction there’s a lot of unpleasant strain on my knees and the ligaments in there. if you have to feeling that powder skiing is hard on your knees then you’re doing something wrong, and you should join us for a little lesson! Supa Dupa

45 comments

  • Morgan Petitniot Labo du Skieur

    Great job Mair 😉

  • I improved my skiing balance (base of support + center of mass) by snowboarding. Having your legs locked & no poles forces the brain to maintain balance without increasing your base of support by widening the stance or by pole planting or pole dragging. Deep powder requires balance to float on the snow. Be careful of tree wells & snow immersion suffocation. Great video.

  • As usual, Klaus is the man with the master plan 🙂 We dont have enough snow here in France at the moment. Can't wait to practise your drill with my kid. Thank you again for being generous and sharing so many tips !

  • Brilliant. The best explanation I have ever seen….

  • very good

  • Bravo Kalus. Gute Arbeit !!!

  • Is that a hat? or crazy hair! LMAO ..SUPER DUPER!

  • Very good instruction in all your videos, thank you. Sub

  • Finally a good and useful explanation, very good video!

  • Feeling good!

  • Klaus you're the best! Very well thought out teaching. Come to Canada.

  • cool vid!

  • Frank Santariga

    Du hast es leicht gemacht! Danke für die Lektion

  • Najla alkhuzayem

    Is it better for beginners to ski on powder? And is it safer when you fall?

  • Pushing the snow together is fine in that little bit of wet snow, but in waist deep plus, super dry snow, you don't ever push… You pull and move to where you are going, with rhythm!… You never get out of the snow! Come to Jackson Hole!

  • The teaching part is great, good job, but you need to find a new filmmaker

  • The best lesson for skiing the powder here on yt – made me improve rly much!

  • his accent is so funny and cute (; Super Duper

    but honestly this vid was really helpful for me

  • Thanks Klaus. However you are using the broad skis that are really easier in deeper snow. Kinda similar to the snowboard.

  • Absolutely excellent! Very well done.

  • "the powder" 🙂

  • VICQUE BEST FRIEND'S

  • Excellent explanation Klaus and cant wait to try your tips in Japan

  • Great tips! It's very beneficial to understand the physics of powder under your ski: you're actually compressing it to build a small "groomer" for yourself as you go.
    P.S. I would argue that there's no new movements (skills) as opposed to on-piste skiing, but it is a different technique though.

  • doesn't mention he's skiing on 6" wide skis…either

  • Ratrack SnowDozer

    Clear and Simple to understand !
    I just would add that for Off Piste the skier should also do not forget his brain on top of the rescue equipment and the guide. 😉

  • HAKUBA SKI CHANNEL

    Very good instruction in all your videos, thank you. from Japan!

  • How to ski powder: Wooo-hooo!!

  • Buy some bungy cord and tie(not to tight) your knees together, go easy on the pitch of the slope.You'll be amazed how it unitizes the legs which gives you a wider( mono ski effect) platform to work with your pressure control movement pattern.Try it you'll like it

  • remember ¨speed is your friend¨ if you go too slow you will have to work a lot harder

  • Get to de choppa

  • in what skiis he is on???

  • Superb!

  • I love "The Powder"

  • First powder video I have watched of many where I actually learned something useful! I live in ski country and am looking forward to trying this technique.

  • Great teaching sequence! Too bad you didn't have real powder snow to demonstrate in! LOL.
    The purist definition of powder skiing it that it happens when you are no longer skiing on the base but floating in the medium. Your idea of building a platform under the skis as you turn still holds, the only difference is that it is even more fun in deep powder!

  • Inigo Lau Montoya

    Please don't teach by advanced narrow turns with body constantly facing downhill, they give little control over the speed. In fact, newcomers are extremely cautious and wish to maintain maximum control over their speed, so they only perform wide turns with their upper bodies rotating with their waists, parallel braking at every turn. Narrow powder carves provide no help to powder beginners.

  • Excellent methodology. What happened to your hair at 7:03?😜

  • To ski powder well, all you need is good fundamentals that are relevant to all types of skiing, a powder ski which makes things very, very easy for one with good fundamentals and just a few days to acclimate tactically.

  • Skiing on an Armada powder skies with more then 110 cm under the foot (like in your example) is not the same with skiing in the powder with a Volkl Racetiger with 66cm under the foot ( like in your exemple when you rest). Armada is a rocker ski that is not stocking in the deep snow while the Volkl Racetiger slalom ski is a camber one that get stock in deep snow and doesnt matter how much presure you bring with your ballance. In deep snow you don't carve like on piste, you have to float with the knees close and for this reason you need a wide pair of skis under the boots. I don't say is not possible to ski on powder with carve slalom skies for piste if you are an expert and you are in confort with high speed as to float, but for a guy that is taking ski lesson that is an horrible experience. So my first advice to ski in powder is to better use powder skies ( preferred rocker or camber-rocker at least).

  • you forget step number 1 – finding powder!! good luck finding anywhere where powder lasts more than one/two runs

  • Is it the same technique going down a steep run if so I feel like I would go way to fast

  • I agree, you did a great video. It's really a clear, simple and efficient exmplanation! Thank you very much!

  • Super duper turns

  • great thanks!

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