A Powder Skiing Crash Course

A Powder Skiing Crash Course

Literally—more new snow today; more powder skiing. Ordinarily these are the kinds of days that would have kept my dad off the mountain, but he got a new pair of Volkl Mantras, and I have to say, the skis have made a huge difference. He not only skied today...he had fun. I'm going to have to put up a review of those Mantras sometime.

Just by reputation alone, they're a fantastic ski. If you're not familiar with it, it's a wide (94mm) but not mega wide all mountain ski with a powder tilt. So instead of skiing by myself today, I got to ski the deep with my dad, and chuckle every time he suggested we head for the next stash of untracked powder. Funny thing: while the Mantra lets my dad ski powder, he hasn't picked up all the tricks of the trade that you'd normally acquire over the years skiing powder.

Example: while skiing a wind-scoured catwalk on a white-out ridge top, I watched my dad ski directly from icy hardback into a big wind drift. He didn't realize the wind drift was going to act like an anchor, and he went right over the falls, doing a nasty-looking cartwheel and leaving both skis buried behind. Luckily, no injuries resulted. We spent a few minutes looking for the skis, and then he got right back into the saddle and kept skiing.

Another great day!

Andy Lewicky is the author and creator of SierraDescents

Sierra Journal April 1, 2009 at 6:15 pm

Yeah man the Mantras are fab. That's what I ski on in-bounds myself. They really migh tbe the perfect ski. That's what I'm skiing here at a deep powder day at Squaw a couple weeks ago: http://www.sierrajournal.com/2009/03/video-tidbit-powder-day-at-squaw-valley-.html

Scott April 2, 2009 at 7:41 am

I remember that I didn't like skiing powder until I ditched my GS skis and bought some Salomon 1080 Guns. Now I spend all my time hunting for it. Powder is just so much more fun (or fun at all) on the right ski!