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How to ski powder

6 Lessons Estimated time - 45 Min

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AVALANCHE SAFETY | 4 ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR STAYING SAFE WHEN FREERIDING

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AVALANCHE SAFETY | 4 ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR STAYING SAFE WHEN FREERIDING

Tips in tutorial:

  • 01:03 Tip 1: Check the avalanche bulletin
  • 03:04 Tip 2: Know the terrain traps
  • 04:07 Tip 3: Safe skiing
  • 04:31 Tip 4: Equipment

In this video, we are going follow Liz our winter mountain guide on the mountain and learn about avalanche safety and four key areas where if you follow them you can reduce the amount of risk you take when freeriding. No matter what you do you will take some risk when you are going freeriding so it is important to learn as much as possible and try to use all the information you have to make choices. Please consider taking an avalanche safety course to better your knowledge!

Useful links to avalanche bulletins:

Europe http://www.avalanches.org/eaws/en/main.php
Switzerland: https://www.slf.ch/
Austria: http://www.lawinen.at/
France: http://www.vigimeteo.com/PREV/V/
Italy: http://www.meteomont.gov.it/infoMeteo/
Canada: https://www.avalanche.ca/map
USA: https://avalanche.org/ (not to be confused with avalanches.org in Europe!)

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How to ski powder | 10 Tips

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How to ski powder | 10 Tips

Tips in the tutorial:

  • 00:30 Tip 1: Ski choice
  • 01:10 Tip 2: Dust on crust
  • 01:34 Tip 3: Skiing position
  • 01:54 Tip 4: Skis close together
  • 02:13 Tip 5: Ski short runs
  • 02:30 Tip 6: The essential up / down
  • 03:05 Tip 7: Turn on top
  • 04:08 Tip 8: Pole planting
  • 04:55 Tip 9: Turn with the terrain
  • 05:36 Tip 10: "Big mountain turns"
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10 SKI HACKS FOR FREERIDE SKIERS

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10 SKI HACKS FOR FREERIDE SKIERS

Hacks in the tutorial:

  • 00:15 Hack 1: Crashing in powder
  • 01:10 Hack 2: 1 skin skate hack
  • 02:08 Hack 3: Skin off trick
  • 02:52 Hack 4: Keep skins dry / warm
  • 03:30 Hack 5: Carry duct tape
  • 04:06 Hack 6: Measuring steepness
  • 05:38 Hack 7: Build a bench
  • 06:04 Hack 8: Mountain snacks
  • 06:48 Hack 9: Don’t be a tool, carry one
  • 07:14 Hack 10: Fill in holes on the go / ski base repair
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HOW TO DROP ON SKIS | CLIFF DROPPING

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HOW TO DROP ON SKIS | CLIFF DROPPING

Steps / Tips in the tutorial

  • 00:42 Prerequistes plus how to jump on skis
  • 01:56 Fear management
  • 02:51 Appropriate skis
  • 03:10 First drop
  • 04:44 How to land
  • 05:00 Build up to larger cliffs
  • 05:30 Absorbing
  • 06:40 The Backslap
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5 FUN SKI TRICKS TO DO IN POWDER

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5 FUN SKI TRICKS TO DO IN POWDER

Tricks in the tutorial:

  • 00:55 Trick 1: Powder frontroll
  • 01:32 Trick 2: How to 180 Drop on skis
  • 02:24 Trick 3: How to switch revert in powder
  • 03:14 Trick 4: How to slash on skis
  • 04:44 Trick 5: Slash combos
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5 TIPS ON HOW TO HAVE FUN SKIING NO MATTER THE SNOW CONDITIONS

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5 TIPS ON HOW TO HAVE FUN SKIING NO MATTER THE SNOW CONDITIONS

Tips in tutorial:

  • 00:22 1.1 No fun turning? | No problem straight line that shoot
  • 00:30 1.2 No Pow | Do some Slush-slashes
  • 00:50 Packed snow? | The mountain is your playground
  • 00:30 Bored? | Build Jumps
  • 00:24 Every run tracked? | Enjoy the search for better snow
The skiing is always great somewhere!
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How to ski powder | 3 Common mistakes

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How to ski powder | 3 Common mistakes

Common mistakes in the tutorial

  • 00:30 Reduce risk
  • 00:40 Common mistake 1 | Leaning back too much
  • 03:48 Common mistake 2 | Rotating the upper body
  • 05:15 Common mistake 3 | Skiing with feet to wide
  • 06:10 1980´s skiing
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SKI TOURING | SAFETY, KICK TURNS, PLANNING AND MORE

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SKI TOURING | SAFETY, KICK TURNS, PLANNING AND MORE

In this ski touring tutorial we squeezed 10 tutorials into one so it will contain a lot of information but we could obviously not cover everything and we apologies for that so make sure to take appropriate safety courses! Dave Searl teaches us many basics tips and tricks about ski touring. A few things we learn are how to plan your next ski tour, how to pack for ski touring, how to put climbing skins on, using pin bindings, how to kick turn, how to choose a safe line to walk up and much much more. Remember to take avalanche courses or join a guide to learn more about the hazarads of ski touring.

Things you will learn in this touring tutorial:
01:00 Planning | Look at the Weather & Avalanche conditions
02:09 Precautions we where taking
02:51 Planning tools
1. Guide book
2. Map
3. Digital Fatmaps (make sure to have analog map to due to connectivity)
4. Ask locals
03:45 Equipment / Packing
05:05 Putting the skins on
05:54 How to
06:23 How to set up the ski boots for walking up hill
06:56 How to step into pin bindings
07:21 How to choose where to walk up
07:54 How to know if the slope is less than 30° steep
08:24 Measuring if the slope is more than 30°. 30° or less than 30°
09:05 How to walk on touring skis
0946 How to kick turn
10:45 3 Tips on walking efficiently
12:10 How to take the skins off

Planning and preparation
https://fatmap.com/
More in-depth packing video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzfczOVbhyM

Avalanche courses:
Switzerland: https://www.swissalpineguides.ch/english/AvalancheCourse/avalanche%20course.html
Sweden: http://svelav.se/
USA: https://avtraining.org/recprogram/
Canada: https://www.avalancheassociation.ca/
France: https://www.chamex.com/trip_courses/aiare-level-1-chamonix

Avalanche bulletins:
European bulletins: http://www.avalanches.org/eaws/en/main.php
USA: https://avalanche.org/
Canada: https://www.avalanche.ca/map

See what Dave is up to:
https://www.instagram.com/searlerdave/
https://www.facebook.com/searlerdave/
https://davesearle.me/

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