Turning Point Blast Into Spring


(SKI Magazine by Stu Campbell) Spring skiing is a mixedblessing. The snow is soft, and the weather is warm and sunny. But spring snow can also be wet, heavy and variable, throwing you off balance with every turn.

There are a few techniques you can use to blast through tricky spring conditions. First, crank up the power by about 20 percent. Send strong signals to your skis when snow gets gluey-exaggerated up and down movements work better than subtle side-to-side moves.

You also want to go faster and stay closer to the fall line than you normally do. Dialed-up speed and a straighter line neutralize the inconsistencies in a dense surface.

To keep from tripping, let your feet work in unison, but don't jam them together. Simply make sure both skis are going in the same direction simultaneously. If you let them go separate ways in thick spring snow, you risk crossing your tips or doing a split.

Keep your upper body quiet and facing where you're going. Excessive twisting is amplified by spring snow. Turn your torso faster than your skis, and you might find yourself suddenly looking back uphill-sitting on a wet butt. Turn it too late, and you may fall over your outside edge.

Follow these steps and you can enjoy one of spring skiing's best benefits: corn-snow crystals exploding into your face.