Slope angle is a basic consideration that can be easy to overlook. If you have an appetite for the steeps, low-angle meadow skipping may not even be on your radar, yet have the best snow quality.
What angle to look for and when:
– Dust on crust when you want to float on the surface. Light edging means that you won’t punch through the soft upper snow and bottom out on the hardpack below.
– Hard or icy conditions – less risk of long, sliding falls
– During periods of higher avalanche danger lower angle slopes will generally be safer
– Crusty snow can be hit or miss. Like dust on crust, if it is barely supportable, less edging pressure means you can float on low angle crust instead of punching through on steeper slopes.
– During times of elevated avalanche danger
– Classic shots & long tours
– All around powder skiing
– Corn snow
– Edgeable windboard
– Recrystalized powder – dreamy beyond words
– Low avalanche danger
– Steep is fun and sexy, but it takes timing.
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Category: Tips & Technique