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It’s been almost a year since my last Powderwatch post and I’ve finally decided to dip my toe back in the responsibility of maintaining PW.  First of all, I want to thank Derek Ryder for continuing his Ryder Report blog in my absence.  I hope all his fans are grateful for the time he puts in because it does take a lot of commitment and effort.

I prefer to keep my personal life out of PW but I would like to say that I’ve been absent for roughly one year because of the difficult and all consuming cancer ‘journey’.  I don’t know why health care providers like to call it a journey because it is particularly unpleasant and much more like an ordeal.  But I guess it’s important to stay positive.

Since I’m starting to find a bit of spare time now, I thought it might be an opportunity to see if I’m still interested in doing PW.  I won’t be posting very frequently because I’m not getting out skiing very often this year.  I went to Sunshine a couple times in December but Mr Ryder has SV well covered and I really wasn’t interested in posting at the time.

So… I stumbled across this telemark instructional video and found it very helpful.  On blues and easy blacks I’m able to maintain a tight stance and as a result my turns are pretty sweet.  But in steeps and moguls I fall apart.  After watching the following video I realized that my stance opens too much and I start to drag my back leg when the going gets tough.  It’s a defensive reaction but in fact it isn’t helping at all.  I can’t wait to try out my new understanding of how to maintain solid turns in nastier terrain.

If you haven’t tried telemarking, I recommend giving it a try.  Rent some gear from MEC, or the University of Calgary, and head out to COP.  Maybe take a lesson before heading to the mountains – or swallow your pride and stick to the greens.  Avoid icy days because telemarking on ice is even worse than skiing or riding on ice – NOT enjoyable!  But carving a smooth telemark turn on soft or deep snow is exhilarating – VERY enjoyable!!!


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