Powder...it just keeps coming. While many of the trails are getting groomed, there's still plenty of ungroomed, light, wonderful powder to play in. Here are a couple of tips for making those turns in the powder.
Decades ago, I asked local ski legend Bobby Haynes how he teaches people to ski in powder — his response: "Johnny, I tell them to point their skis downhill and pole a lot."
Powder is best skied down the hill, not across the hill. Before you get your run going, start bouncing in your boots to get some real rhythm and ankle, knee, and hip action working and then take that rhythm down the hill with a strong pole plant. As you get tall and pole plant down the hill, let your skis head down the hill, and they will continue turning as you flex down in your boots. Use this extension with a pole swing to start each new little arc, and ski two footed keeping both skis weighted. It's all about rhythm and rebound. Keep the flow going, keep heading back and forth down the hill, and pole a lot.
Regarding those level shoulders, as your skis do come across the hill, keep your head moving towards the gap between your ski tips and keep your shoulders level and parallel to the terrain you are on. This will allow you to work both skis all the time and to keep your weight balanced where you want it. No tipping into the hill. Level shoulders makes everything on skis better.
Now takes your rhythm, your level shoulders, and your ski poles and point those skis down the hill. Powder day.
Remember, the best advice of all, take a lesson or attend a race clinic. You'll have a great time and improve your time.
John Macdonald is a Level III Certified PSIA Instructor and is a Race Team Coach and Trainer at King Pine Ski Area. You can email questions to John at firstname.lastname@example.org.