Originally Posted by BoredAtBMBW
I grew up skiing groomers, and therefore never developed bump skills. For some reason I could ski bumps when I was like 11-12, and then in my teen years with snowblades, but no longer.
If I do get a line going, leg burn sets in after the sixth bump or so, I therefore lose control, and have to stop or suffer a fall.
I can't seem to find any line... no matter how slowly I go I cannot seem to stay balanced.
Is skiing bumps something that will just one day "click in" if I force myself to spend an hour in a bump field each day I go skiing, or am I doomed to just suck at it permanently?
For the record, I hate bumps... I have no interest in them, and think they are bad on the knees. I don't care if "real skiers" ski bumps... what this is about is anytime I go to a big ski area there are bumps everywhere and they are impossible to avoid. I need to learn some basic skills, just to be able to get over some areas.
FWIW I only ski in race boots, and NEVER would purchase a ski based solely (or even at all) on its bump performance rating.
believe it or not your missing some basic skills if you can not skiing bumps and your groomer sking /racing especially your SL turns will grow by leaps and bounds.
1.They are not bad on your knee if done correctly which means not alot of lateral movement.
2. I use to hate bumps as well, but then I learned to ski them assuming they arent totally horrible Ill ski them over anything but powder and day, plus most tree runs become bump runs.
3. race boots are fine but not ideal, but considering the majority of the hill is bumps at bigger areas should that be near the front of you consideration for a ski? My 3 favorite skis off all time "the one", Bushwacker, and Katana are all kick ass bumps skis that do other things quite well. If you want to ski off groomer you will eventually hit some form of bumps
you doomed to suck the way you thinking, why would someone ever get good at something that they hate? You have to learn to like them and start spending alot if not all of the day skiing them to get good at them.
Good bump skiing is simply the most solid turn your skill level can produces with tactics appropriate to your skill level/ quickness.
I am going to put down your skiing because you can see some things from your POV.
flaws I see specifically from you
1.you have very weak hands that drop down to your sides on every pole touch
2. your aft and have no concept of dynamic balance IE using the whole ski from tip to tail.
3.you only know extentsion transitions which are far from ideal in the bumps
4. you park and ride carve every turn.
5.your COM movement is delayed into the turn and you pole touch is late
I am sure there is more but I am going off the POV.
Somethings to practice to get better.
1. ski short turns with holding your poles straight out in front
2. ski short turns of various shapes(C,J, upside J, Z they are all needed for bump skiing) and skid angles from full on pivot to as carved as you can make it
3. practice hop turns they build agility and quickness while building solid rotary skill with a strong movment down the hill
4. Skate to shape turns, they teach aggressive and offensive short turns
5.short radius javeline turns teach proper counter balance while maintaining squareness to the hills
6. pivot slips - search it but its solid foundation to most off trail skiing
7. dolphin turns - search it on youtube
8.edge wedge hop turns - hop turns done in a wedge from foot to foot.
take some 3rd person video of you skiing short turns and I can steer you in the right direction
lastly you will never be an expert unless you can ski bumps, and anyone who is real skier can ski them.
"its not that you cant ski bumps its that you cant ski and the bumps prove it"
that should motivate over making you mad when you start to understand bump skiing.