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Summer has arrived in Val. Temperatures have hit +12°C (54°F) on the slopes yesterday and today was slightly less hot. I love that the heat has melted the snow on the town streets making walking less dangerous (quite a few people these past few days have slipped on the icy streets and have gotten badly injured). But the heat has not been kind to the snow on the slopes as the snow has become very wet and heavy, making it difficult to initiate & complete turns. It also killed the wonderful powder skiing that we’ve been enjoying before the heat wave. But the clever people are taking advantage of the warm sun by picnicking on the mountain while enjoying the splendid mountain scenery (photo above). Temperatures are meant to stay sunny & warm for a couple more days and then 20-30cm (8-12”) of snow is forecast for us on Monday.
A ‘Ski Tip’ for skiing wet and heavy snow is to ski it like powder! – i.e., shift your weight back by skiing with your back more upright & lower your hips so your hips and shoulders (& thus your weight) are over your heels rather than over the middle of your feet. This will lighten the tips and help prevent them catching in the heavy, wet snow. As we get more heavy snow (slush) conditions I’ll offer some additional tips. Of course you can download the SkiTips3 App or the ebook; ‘Powder & Off-piste Skiing’ and learn all the tips for skiing slush.
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