Most people believe that one needs to lean back in the deep powder to be successful in this type of snow condition. However, leaning back where one’s hips are far behind their feet and heels often strains the quadricep muscles. Instead, think about balancing over the whole foot and stacking one’s body over the center of the feet.
In powder snow, there is more resistance due to the compaction of the snow. In other words, one can take a straighter line down the hill since the snow itself will naturally slow one down. In skiing, the snow has to compact to enable the skier a gliding surface to slide on. In powder, there is more time for compaction since there is more air in the snow. Another strategy for powder is to ski trails or runs with more pitch to them. This can help aid in overcoming the resistance of powder snow.
Rockered skis and early-rise skis aid in floatation of powder snow since the tips naturally stay above the snow. Rockered skis are those with a reverse camber. Camber is the natural bend of a ski. Lay a pair of traditional skis flat on the ground and notice that the tips and the tails make contact with the ground, but the center does not. This is called camber or when the skis are pressured, the center bends into the snow. Now lay a pair of rockered or reverse camber skis on the ground. Notice that the center or middle part of the ski touches the ground, while the tips and the tails do not. By keeping the tips above and out of the snow, the rockered or reverse camber and early-rise skis are able to float through the powder.
Ski with rhythm in powder. Singing a song or listening to a song can often help skiers initiate and link turns in the powder. In other words, songs can aid skiers in timing of their turns. Pick a song that is relaxed and rhythmical so a skier can make symmetrical turns and turn shape.
Most skiers tend to have a difficult time getting the skis to turn in powder and they start their turns by turning their upper body. Resist this temptation and try to turn our feet and legs under a stable upper body. Gain some speed first before trying to initiate a turn in order to overcome the tendency to turn with or rotate the upper body. Try skiing powder with no poles or with your arms crossed. This will allow one to feel whenever he or she initiates a turn with their upper body. First, they will feel the shoulders move and second they will be facing back up the hill having difficulty trying to turn the other way.
Enjoy the powder!