• Skiing in slush

    Posted by Jackie Semltd on 
    Thursday, March 22, 2012

    Skiing in certain snow conditions can sometimes be a little bit tricky to do. Depending on the way that you ski and what types of techniques that you use, skiing in difficult types of snow such as so-called ¬®slush¬® snow could become easier or virtually impossible for you to accomplish effectively. Small group heliskiing 


    Terrain effects and carving turns

    Whenever you are on hills that are not too steep or bumpy (or busy for that matter), slush snow skiing can become much easier for you to do. The main key for skiing on slush is to keep both of your edge angles as paralleled as possible. If your edge angles cease being parallel to each other, the snow could literally take one of your skis off. This is pretty important whenever you are dealing with slush (more so than when you are only on hard packed snow). As long as you have an equal amount of weight distribution, then you probably will not have trouble with your skis on turns or bumps in this type of snow; simply ski as you normally would. However, if you are on exceedingly steep or tight types of terrain, then you should probably try carving more with lower edge angles. If you need tight turns use lots of pressure, just like you would in powder. Revelstoke heliskiing


    Larger edge angles on turns

    Big edge angles are good for this type of terrain because you can get away with it. Your skis will be in the soft/slushy snow more than when you are skiing a firm piste, so there's less chance of losing an edge and blowing out sideways. This way, you can ski big turns with big edge angles as well as small turns with big edge angles. High speeds usually also feel more secure in slush than they do when skiing hard pack snow. High speeds + big edge angles  typically equals a nice ride. The only real problem with this is that you sometimes get spattered by lumps of slush flicking up from the tips of your skis.

    You can use a compression turn at any speed and in any snow conditions. It takes quite a lot of skill to do it at speed, but it is by no means impossible. However, for regular pistes with slushy snow , it is probably not necessary to use a compression turn as you can power through the snow with as much power as you can manage.


    Bumps in the trail

    Slushy bumps would be skied just the same as any kind of bumps, but perhaps somewhat easier, as they are a bit more forgiving than icy, misshapen lumps that often cause trouble for skiers.


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