Skiing Spring’s Hero Snow

Lori Knowles – For the Canadian Ski Council

Ahhh, spring skiing. The perfect mix of sun, soft snow and…slush? Slopes heat up around this time of year, altering the snow’s texture from “powder” to what skiers call “slush,” “sugar” or “corn snow.”
Spring snow can be challenging at times, but it can also be a whole lot of fun if you know how to ski it. In fact, sugary conditions are often perfect for carving because it’s so easy to set an edge. It makes some skiers feel so good they call it “hero snow.”
To get that carving feeling, maintain good balance by staying centred over your boards; try not to lean too far back. Also, let the tails of your skis follow the tips in a smooth arc. You don’t want to slide your skis sideways in corn snow, it can throw you off balance and you’ll miss that carving feeling.
One more tip: ski with the sun. Sunlit slopes have softer snow. Besides, it’s a perfect time to work on your ski tan!

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