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Slideshow: Engage Your Powder Gear

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The key to blasting off the corduroy and into deep snow is to engage your powder gear by shifting your weight from a traditional stance (80/20…

The key to blasting off the corduroy and into deep snow is to engage your powder gear by shifting your weight from a traditional stance (80/20 downhill/uphill) to a more evenly balanced one (60/40). Photo by Whit Richardson

Think of your uphill ski as the clutch of a car. As you rise out of your turn, test the pressure of the uphill ski under the ball of your foot (the…

Think of your uphill ski as the clutch of a car. As you rise out of your turn, test the pressure of the uphill ski under the ball of your foot (the way you would a temperamental clutch), and shift your weight to the 60/40 position. You’ve just engaged your powder gear. Photo by Whit Richardson

As you finish your first turn, resist the urge to pop the clutch and revert back to 80/20. Test the pressure of your uphill ski until you feel enough…

As you finish your first turn, resist the urge to pop the clutch and revert back to 80/20. Test the pressure of your uphill ski until you feel enough resistance to roll onto your new downhill ski. Photo by Whit Richardson