Tips for Skiing in Powder

Holding an MD from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Terry McEnany dedicated more than three decades to cardiovascular medicine and surgery. Now retired, Dr. Terry McEnany is enjoying a second career as a ski instructor in Aspen, Colorado.

In powder snow, the following tips can make skiing easier.

1. Use the legs and feet for turns. Powder creates more resistance, and therefore, skiers find it more difficult to complete turns. While the initial reaction is to turn the upper body first, you must avoid this and, instead, lead with the legs and feet. This keeps your body and movement steady.

2. Ski as close to the fall line as possible/comfortable. More air in the snow means it takes more time for surfaces to get compacted. Until snow is compacted enough to glide across, you should not make large turns.

3. Try skiing to a rhythm. Skiing to a song helps you plan out the timing of turns. You should find a musical track that not only relaxes you but has a beat that encourages you to make symmetrical turns and turn shapes.

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