Landing in powder is actually much harder then landing on park jumps but it feels rad
when you stomp and it’s pretty soft which provides a forgiving way to try new tricks.
While in the air your position should be exactly the same as hitting a park jump then just
as you land, push the board forward under you so that all your weight is over the back
foot. The impact of landing in powder pushes your
board under the snow, slowing it down, while your body’s momentum continues to travel forward.
If you let your weight go too far forward then you’ll probably rag doll, which means
to be flipped head first into the snow. When you rag doll your goggles will often
come flying off your head or helmet. If they do come off they’re gonna be filled with snow
and will probably end up wet and foggy for the rest of the day so keep your goggle strap
tighter then normal. When spinning into pow, it’s important to
stomp with your board straight. Even landing with a subtle angle can send you into a violent
rag doll down the landing. Think of how you want to land throughout the
whole spin. You’ve definitely got to have your trick on
lock in the park before you take it to the backcountry.
If you see riders who have just spent a bunch of time building a jump, don’t hit it or ride
through the landing. It’s rude and will piss them off. The landings don’t last very long.
The difficulty of landing and riding out in powder is something a lot of us don’t understand,
because not too many of us get a chance to ride or build jumps into it. The skill is
perfected with years of experience. It separates the good riders from the best.
Stomping into freshies is about the best feeling you can get so get out there and send it.