Have you ever felt what it’s like to ski deep powder on a beautiful day with your friends?
Skiing has always been one of my favorite sports, but up until a couple years ago, I had never left the groomed runs. I was great on groomers, while powder was foreign and awkward. Why bother?
Then one day I got a taste of it. My friends decided to ski a powder-only run and I had nothing to do but join them. Lap after lap I cranked on my giant slalom race skis in the deep snow. By the end of the day I actually began to get the hang of it.
The next season I bought wider skis. Then, on the first bluebird day after a classic Tahoe storm, I hit the mountain. That day I fell in love with the feeling of powder skiing. My friend and I wove through the trees making big, jumping turns down a steep, deep slope. The buoyancy of the snow was so incredible I couldn’t help but laugh. That smile still hasn’t left my face.
Now, I’m a powder skiing enthusiast. But I still understand that those first turns can be very daunting - that’s why I reached out to our experts here at Northstar.
Mike Hafer is a lifelong skier and 15-year Northstar ski school veteran. He has twice been selected to the PSIA Alpine Team, made up of the top 14 ski instructors in the United States. To say that Hafer knows his stuff is an understatement. Here’s what he has to say about skiing in powder: