Feel what your skis are doing and how they interact with the snow, then ask these questions to finesse your skiing form:
- Are both skis tilted the same amount?
- Do both skis turn the same amount at the same time? If not, are they parallel?
- Are you balanced through the outside ski, rather than balanced through both skis?
- Does your upper body wave around manically or is there good control of the shoulders with a strong core supporting the legs and torso?
- Can you feel the heel, ball of the foot and shin touching (but not bending) the front of your ski boot? If so, you are well-balanced and should be able to steer both your skis.
- Is there a consistent ski pole plant helping to link your turns?
Skiing powder should be like skiing on clouds. Soft, untouched snow helps skis glide over the surface; powder, however, can be a daunting prospect for a beginner, but there many who attempt the off piste before they master the techniques. University of Southampton Dry Slope Race Squad skier, Chloe Taylor, who learnt how to ski on her Winter Season 2015/16, shares her top tips for your first time skiing on powder.