Originally Posted by CTKook
So, you may want to try a steady diet of threads highly critical of current and former USST members, well-regarded freeskiers, etc. and see how those help you on the bumps. Come on, Man!
I don't see a lot of threads about bump skiing there.
Being a guest there, as I am here, I am observant of the host's rules, policies, or even preferences. The focus there is well known (as is the method of moderation and arbitration of opinions). Leaving asides the more emotional or political nature of some posts (which are by and large entertaining, I must say), it is an excellent (and free) site to learn a way of skiing with clear instructions and explanations. I have high regards for the technical discussions there and learn from them.
While it is possible that I'm struggling in the bumps because I'm just an intermmediate carver (no pun intended) and will do much better when I progress to be an advanced carver, there are two problems with that thought. One is that, alas, I don't think I can ever carve as well as what Heluva demonstrated. Secondly, I often see people who don't seem to ski any better than I do on groomers, flow down an icy bumps run while I have to hack my way down. Maybe, just maybe, bumps require not super duper carving skills but something else not important or needed in the carving world. Such a discussion will probably be considered a detraction from the focus and not tolerated there. I respect that.
Here, people enjoy and participate in discussions of different opinions, ideas, movements. The obvious drawback is that there are unqualified people saying odd things authoritatively, confusing the heck out of newbies. But over the years, I have learned enough to not just listen and follow but be able to evaluate what is said. And I have also learned enough to recognize that, contrary to certain generalization, there are people here who know what they are talking about and I read their posts with much interest. A few semi-anonymous folks that immediately pop up are you, BTS, and BWPA .