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  Quote Katsu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: Getting stuck in knee-deep powder
    Posted: Apr/19/2010 at 9:12pm
lean back, keep the tip up ollie and saw try to keep movin.
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  Quote Angry Midget Yo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/24/2010 at 6:02pm
I remember going to Mammoth during Super Bowl weekend when the storm came and we were waist deep in fresh pow.  We all fell down at one point and couldn't get up so we had to take off our straps and packed the snow around us so we can strap back in and get back up without sinking.  
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  Quote Hydrosonic Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr/24/2010 at 6:07pm
If you can manage to pack down the snow around you, I find it easier to get up from your toe edge. Being on your heel edge seems to make me sink in more
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  Quote jsin4050 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/06/2010 at 9:07am
If you're getting stuck go faster and if you can't go faster you're on the wrong run, simple as that.
Don't sweat the technique.
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  Quote adam78k Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/06/2010 at 9:12am
Get ready to sweat a lot when getting stuck in powder. Not to fun of an experience.
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  Quote CarsonBoarder Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/06/2010 at 9:15am
Whenever I get stuck in powder, I usually just try to get into a position where I'm lying on my back . . . .  then I just start making snow angels  Tongue
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  Quote dvdngu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/07/2010 at 10:12pm
dont get stuck in the first place :D haha.
nah your supposed to unstrap and crawl out using your board to lead. or avoid those damn flats anyway !
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  Quote madsnake Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/07/2010 at 10:23pm

we very rarely get that much powder but i have experienced it a couple of times. if im ever stuck ill normally just unclip and walk it out. 

ive never experienced being deep enough to have to use my board to crawl out but ill have to remember that if im ever lucky enough to get overseas where you guys get some serious powder.

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  Quote classic_ben Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/07/2010 at 10:32pm
Originally posted by jsin4050

If you're getting stuck go faster and if you can't go faster you're on the wrong run, simple as that.


I only typically have the problem when I've just bailed...going steeper=bailing more...

(No powder where I am atm anyway Cry)
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  Quote kingman756 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/14/2010 at 9:37am
keep most your weight on ur back foot, it helps a little and also riding a rc can help too
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  Quote jivehoneyjive Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/16/2010 at 12:23pm
If you do find yourself deep down in the floaty-ground-


* DON'T PANIC- flailing and hollering are going to tire you out and you need all the energy you can muster, mister.

* Unless you are within a few feet of firm snow, which you could boardwalk or ollie to, unclip.

* Distribute your weight over as large an area as possible- if the snow is toooo deep, keep on your board like a surfboard, if its shallower, surrender your dignity and crawl out on all fours, with your weight spread over your forearms and legs beneath the knee.

* If in a sink hole or bowl, use your board edge as an ice axe and pull yourself up by the bindings.

Boom, walk out with the nonchalance of Bond and get you a martini.
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  Quote aburns70 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/27/2010 at 3:09pm
Well when your riding, you just want to lean back and ride your tail so you don't stop, and if you realize that is a pretty flat run, don't make any turns that will slow you down, and just try to get back on the run.
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  Quote mrpl2e5t0n Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/27/2010 at 3:17pm
If you get stuck, unclip yourself and walk out.
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  Quote will_mcc1 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/27/2010 at 7:04pm
Haul ass to avoid getting stuck. While you're digging yourself out others will be eating up the freshie
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  Quote btrinh Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/29/2010 at 9:27am
just keep jumping up and down trying to get out to waste your energy. then just lie there as people laugh at you.
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  Quote dongypro Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/29/2010 at 2:48pm
I used to climb out of those situations because I couldnt be bothered undoing my bindings because they were hard to put on. I had C60's back then with Burton Driver X Boots. I'm a US 8.5 but I can fit into large bindings? I usually wear Medium bindings. What do you guys think? Are bigger bindings also okay? Sorry for going a bit off topic.


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  Quote 3milleg Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/01/2010 at 5:22am
Usually i take off my board and press all my weight on to it in order to stay up above the snow then once i get to a place where the mountain steepens then i strap back in by pulling myself back up on the board and going fast down the mountain keeping weight on my tail
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  Quote juantostado Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/08/2010 at 10:58am
i just unstrap, then climb on the board and ride it face-forward like a luge until i find a spot i can restrap.
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  Quote sparklyowindex Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jun/08/2010 at 11:00am
Originally posted by juantostado

i just unstrap, then climb on the board and ride it face-forward like a luge until i find a spot i can restrap.



lol nice, I do the exact same thing, though it can get a bit dangerous
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  Quote rock1356 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/18/2010 at 4:44am
I've never been in a position like this :(.   Most I got was like a foot of powder.  That was so much fun.  I love carving into the fresh pow.
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  Quote eldolocal68 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/18/2010 at 4:48am
speed is your friend.
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  Quote Stryker Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/18/2010 at 3:37pm
I wish I had that problem.  Never happens over in NY.
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  Quote graemeh Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/24/2010 at 12:49am
Ride skis and straightline it down the run so you get up a decent speed - speed is your friend
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  Quote 2zz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/24/2010 at 1:02am
raise the board/ski onto the surface. unstrap, throw chest on board/ski, and surf AAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaawaaaay.
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  Quote jeeemchew Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/24/2010 at 1:11am

i gather all the snow i can around me and push down, creating a sort of base to sit on.... unstrap, then hike it out... i hate it so now when i know im hitting pow, i keep my speed up, nose up, and ride it out, no matter how sketchy it gets

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  Quote Angry Midget Yo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/24/2010 at 10:27pm
Originally posted by jeeemchew

i gather all the snow i can around me and push down, creating a sort of base to sit on.... unstrap, then hike it out... i hate it so now when i know im hitting pow, i keep my speed up, nose up, and ride it out, no matter how sketchy it gets



It's hard to keep your nose up though because it gets tiring.
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  Quote jaasen64 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/26/2010 at 5:01am
If you're riding off-piste or backcountry just make sure you know where your going if your in real deep powder. Sometimes the best powder runs are off-piste but if you get stuck it can be dangerous, exhausting, and really time consuming trying to get out. Its happened to me a few times including one time in France when we thought an unmarked run reconnected at the bottom but it went into a flat riverbed. We had to hike all the way back up hill through the woods in waist deep powder.

If your in knee deep powder you basically have to spread out your wait to get out or else you'll sink so deep you cant move. Try putting some weight on your board or crawl out.
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  Quote snow4life Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jul/26/2010 at 5:05am
i just lean back so my nose goes up so i wont sink into the snow cuz i hate it when that happens...
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  Quote atcskatedecks Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/16/2010 at 9:09pm
god i remember my first time riding powder, didn't know that u needed to lean back so i was constantly falling
Commin from the flat praires of manitoba where our biggest hill is a 100 ft ditch it was amazing :)
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  Quote AyChan87 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/16/2010 at 9:11pm
my first time riding powder was amazing, a hell of a work out trying to dig myself out of the snow!
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  Quote finny174 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Aug/23/2010 at 3:02pm
When you get stuck its all worth riding in powder.
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  Quote ma3lstrom13 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/04/2010 at 4:16pm
unstrapping and walking seems like the best bet
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  Quote wdi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/04/2010 at 4:33pm
Haven't had the opportunity to ride in knee-deep powder yet, but maybe will get the chance this winter :).  Will keep all these tips in mind, and try not to get stuck in the first place.
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  Quote kellow Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/04/2010 at 4:44pm
everything has its price...
getting stuck is sometimes part of a powder day specially for those looking for un-toched around unfamiliar terrain
small price for a big reward.
for me, if i am stuck in deep powder it means it a great day for sure!   
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  Quote chilz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/04/2010 at 5:16pm
don't bother wasting your energy trying to get up or dig out while strapped in.  Just unstrap, roll out, get back a few feet to your own track to strap back in if possible.  Or else just surf it sit it down to a steeper area before restrapping.
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  Quote blackball321 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Sep/09/2010 at 2:56pm
we never get knee deep powder in southern california, but one time i was in mammoth and it's the first time i ride powder and so much fun.
i basically just put my weight on my back foot and lift the board so it can float on the powder
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Stop riding Snocrummies flat ass runs on pow days!











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  Quote GoldDragon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec/31/2012 at 9:07am
First don't panick. second unbind and don't let go of your board. when back to non powder put the board back on.
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  Quote Flying Penguin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/29/2013 at 11:19pm
If you're still on a slope and not on flat ground. Do an ollie and lean a back a little. If it is flat ground or a trough, then unstrap and walk out, and as other people say hold a firm grip on your snowboard.
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Avoid falling down by setting your bindings back (nothing too drastic), either both or your rear binding. This will help keeping your nose afloat and will make shifting your weight easier.

If you get a lot of powder days, invest in a board specifically for powder.
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