Tip: Gear Care
Q & A
Skiing the Fluff
Powder, crud and staying in control
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The sensation doesn't really change on steeper terrain, and it's actually easier because you get the lift out of the snow that you need. There's less gravity, and it's an easier movement getting up out of the snow. It takes more energy to jump out of a flat slope. Checking your speed in powder is a control issue. If you feel out of control on a steeper slope, you should go back to less of a grade. Know when you're out of control and know when you're in. You never want to be out of control, ever.
In crud, you need to go completely in and completely out of each turn, and be very strong and forceful. Crud is going to make you a better all around skier, especially in the backcountry if you're on a slope, it might be the only way out. Use your energy forcefully. Skiing crud is something that should be learned, even though it's not much fun.
Being in good physical shape is key. If you're doing a training program, something that focuses on leg strength and strong quads will help you condition for powder or crud skiing.
Scot Schmidt, Mountain Zone Pro