The good feeling that you get from spraying powder feels just as good as when you do a good trick in the park.
In this lesson I will be introducing some tips for intermediate riders who often spray powder to raise their level up to the advanced level.
One of the characteristics of spray from intermediate riders is that they spray toward the downhill at the end of their turn.
On the other hand, advanced riders spray to the side while in the middle of a turn.
Both types of riders are spraying powder, but their timing is different.
For intermediate riders, it’s at the end of a turn.
For advanced riders, it’s in the middle of a turn.
Where is the difference originating from?
When you want to kick snow up out of the turn, you need to raise your board angle.
It’s understood that the more your board angle is increased, the more snow will be kicked up.
In other words, the edge angle of intermediate riders is strong from the center of the turn until the end, and the edge angle of advanced riders is strong from the beginning of the turn until the middle.
If you put it this way, you can say that intermediate riders lean their bodies inward while in the middle of the turn, and advanced riders lean their bodies inward during the first half of a turn.
It is difficult for intermediate level riders to lean their bodies inwards during the first half of a turn.
Because leaning your body inwards during the first half of a turn is means you are leaning downhill, it’s understandable that people will be afraid of it mentally.
And it’s also understandable that balancing like that is difficult.
When you finish a heel side turn, your chest and face are turned towards the nose.
Leaning downhill with this position in the beginning of a turn makes it hard to balance, and can bring out the fear.
When your whole body faces forward, you can use the most affective muscles, and your body’s skeletal balance will be easy.
Therefore, it is difficult for intermediate riders to balance when the upper and lower halves of their bodies are twisted like this when initiating a toe side turn.
So your whole body should align straight towards where your toes are pointing while initiating a toe side turn.
It means that your chest will immediately turn towards the center of the turn arc at the end of a heel side turn.
At times like this, by rotating your eyes inward your chest will naturally rotate inward as well and your posture will become more stable.
If your posture is stable, then it will be simple to lean your body inside of a turn arc.
By doing this, kicking up spray while in the middle of a turn is possible.
However, for intermediate level riders it’s difficult for them to “lean their bodies inwards” at the start of a turn and to “put their center of gravity on their hind legs” at the same time.
So, because you want to spray powder, if the center of gravity stays on the center of the board, the nose will go into the snow.
So you want to somehow keep your weight over your hind leg to raise the nose up.
It is difficult to try and practice “Leaning your body inwards” and “Keeping the center of gravity on the hind legs” while spraying powder.
First you should start with practicing on Groomed Terrain.
Actually, in addition to these, the Down unweighing technique is also necessary, so I will talk about it in the next tutorial.