You’ve mastered the art of linking turns. You are slashing down the piste on your snowboard and popping off the little side hits. But you’ve not really ventured off-piste.
Let me tell you now – once you go off-piste, you never go back. Riding powder is pretty much the best thing in the world, as any seasoned snowboarder will tell you.
Even if you aren’t a morning person, as soon as you see fat soft flakes falling from the sky, you won’t find getting up for first lifts quite so tortuous anymore.
We spent last week on Mint Snowboarding‘s Off-Piste Freeride Course in Morzine, France learning about the tricks and tips for shredding off-piste
So what can you expect from those first forays into the un-pisted terrain? Read on…
1) You Won’t Believe It’s As Great As People Say
Hunting fresh powder is like a drug. Once you’ve experienced slicing your board through an untouched powder field, you will never want to ride anything else.
Pistes will pale in comparison. I’ve known many park rats who’ve decided to hang up their baggy hoodies and don a transceiver and a splitboard in pursuit of fresh lines.
Riding powder is amazing. Fact.