when skiing off-piste invariable snow the conditions can be constantly changing it can be tracked out softer snow hardest snow so you as a skier have got to be constantly adjusting there are two main adjustments a forward back adjustment and a side-to-side but there are many variations on those movements there isn't a simple formula your feet are working independently and how much weight you have on each foot will depend on the snow conditions I'm really having to work down here to stay in balance I'm constantly reacting to the changes in the conditions my core and stance stays strong allowing my knees and legs to absorb the bumps and drive through this chopped up snow I'm being pushed around from foot to foot and constantly adjusting a strong pole plant is helping me link the turns and keep the momentum flowing I'm looking ahead to find the best conditions as I hit the more consistent snow the adjustments are far more subtle I can just let it flow you get a vast amount of information through your feet and legs when you're skiing with a good stance you can use this information react accordingly and stay in balance as you become more experienced your ability to interpret the conditions and anticipate changes will improve you can see this slope here it's at a huge amount of wind these marks here called Satsuki tells the story of wind passing across it's also as you can tell just by looking at this slope it's had a huge amount of wind these marks here called Satsuki telling me that the winds been coming across fast and that also creates a bit of a crust which is going to give you a lot more resistance as you're coming through the snow the speed is really going to help and very smooth gradual movements the body position is key for hands in front and don't forget that progressive pole is going to help you drive through and keep your body in a good strong position let's give it a go a confident but patient start of the turn will help the skis drive through this crusty snow maintaining a strong body position means that even hitting this rock doesn't completely throw me off balance stance is everything ski variable snow is really exciting it's always changing you need a good strong stance you need to be looking ahead and you need to adjust for the snow stay positive and go for it you

Expert Ski Lessons #8.4 – Skiing Variable Snow / Chopped up Powder / Crud
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35 thoughts on “Expert Ski Lessons #8.4 – Skiing Variable Snow / Chopped up Powder / Crud

  • June 2, 2019 at 6:25 am
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    This video is great! Nothing beats plain experience though. I used to hate chopped up pow. This season, I made it a point to go more often in crusty cruddy conditions, and have to say simple experience helped to really get used to the variability. I still love watching this video at least once a week though. I love crud now even better than virgin powder!

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  • June 2, 2019 at 6:25 am
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    What skis are you using in this #8.4 video? And can you provide the dimensions?

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  • June 2, 2019 at 6:25 am
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    2:15 – "these marks here called …. " sastrugy? sasstruggy? sakstrugy? curious, what is it called/spelled?
    thanks!

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  • June 2, 2019 at 6:25 am
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    I find having most of the weight on the outside ski really helps in chopped up crud like this. the inside ski adjusts and compensates. outside ski = firm suspension, inside ski = loose suspension. thoughts anyone?

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  • June 2, 2019 at 6:25 am
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    Snowbird tad and Kyle solomon

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  • June 2, 2019 at 6:25 am
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    boss recovery from that rock

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  • June 2, 2019 at 6:25 am
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    Es mejor ir rápido ?

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  • June 2, 2019 at 6:25 am
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    are you supposed to have a slight lean back? it looked like he was leaning to the rear almost as if he was trying to sit in a chair.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 6:25 am
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    Me of the most fun I’ve had skiing was on this type of snow

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  • June 2, 2019 at 6:25 am
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    Why are you always carrying around a huge backpack?

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  • June 2, 2019 at 6:25 am
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    Where do you go skiing? In which country?

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  • June 2, 2019 at 6:25 am
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    How do you ski on icy terrain?

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  • June 2, 2019 at 6:25 am
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    I always lose control on ice. absolutely did my knee going down ice. Any tips on skiing better down icier slopes?

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  • June 2, 2019 at 6:25 am
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    This guy is a great skier, and excellent instructor. I'm really enjoying this series!

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  • June 2, 2019 at 6:25 am
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    I'm a fan of your instructional videos. In this episode specifically, since it is about variability, I think in either this session or a totally new session needs to be dedicated to "ice" where most people have accidents and lose control

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  • June 2, 2019 at 6:25 am
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    Man, I just cannot thank you enough for all these videos.
    They took me light years ahead from where I was 2 years ago.
    Suffice it to say that I still take short brakes on the slope from time to time, take out my phone and replay some of the vids so I can check whether I am doing it right :):)

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  • June 2, 2019 at 6:25 am
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    Where do you have your bindings mounted?

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  • June 2, 2019 at 6:25 am
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    very good and helpful video. thanks!;)

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  • June 2, 2019 at 6:25 am
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    Thanks for all the videos! I watched almost all of them and they helped me go from green to double black diamond in one season! Sooo helpful!🎿🎿🎿🎿

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  • June 2, 2019 at 6:25 am
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    Where I ski (Northeastern USA) by mid-day conditions are quite icy. Is there a video which covers techniques for negotiating ice? Sharp edges are a must, of course, but my question more relates to skiing those unavoidable areas where ice is present while stacked, balanced, and in control. Having seen a number of accidents where individuals got hurt either because they were going too fast or someone else was where iciness was present it's an important topic in my neck of the woods.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 6:25 am
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    Best thigh-practice ever! 😉

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  • June 2, 2019 at 6:25 am
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    do i need a rocker ski for skiing off piste or can i go with a carving ski as well? would it make a big difference?

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  • June 2, 2019 at 6:25 am
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    Hi, I've got a weird one for you, how do you over come a fear of skiing, I love skiing and go to Andorra mainly, according to instructors there I have good skiing technique etc and manage reds ok although they make me feel uneasy. Once I get to a certain speed I start to lose confidence in myself and then everything falls apart and planting my face.
    One thing I have noticed is at the higher end of my speed threshold my one ski it's twitching and skipping around whilst the other is firmly on track. I don't know whether that's anything that's linked.
    Any ideas. Off to Andorra again soon and would love to have the skill and confidence to go from top to bottom without a hiccup
    Thanks
    Darren

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  • June 2, 2019 at 6:25 am
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    Excellent lessons. Thanks a lot.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 6:25 am
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    how can i give my weight 

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  • June 2, 2019 at 6:25 am
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    where is this place 

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  • June 2, 2019 at 6:25 am
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    In variable snow do you keep some weight on each ski for much of the time?

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  • June 2, 2019 at 6:25 am
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    What skis were those? 🙂

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  • June 2, 2019 at 6:25 am
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    Where are you at the filming of this video? as in resort.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 6:25 am
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    Awesome job guys!  I bought the app for my Android and love it!

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  • June 2, 2019 at 6:25 am
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    Nice video, thanks 🙂

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  • June 2, 2019 at 6:25 am
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    where is this resort?

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  • June 2, 2019 at 6:25 am
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    looking forward for your tree skiing video! like your expert ski lessons.

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