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A Thing I Wrote on Mogul Absorption - Page 5post #121 of 1913/26/13 at 2:20pmI'll keep that written down, right now I only have one set of good poles so don't want to hacksaw that yet. Most likely with season ending I will able to pick up some used poles for dirt cheap, and will cut those down as necessary.post #122 of 1913/26/13 at 2:30pmThread Starterjc-ski:
Blake, as always, amazing skiing - quite inspiring!
I know it's really the skier, but I'm curious about the equipment you use...
Skis - type and dimensions of your favorite bump ski?
Boots - how stiff? How tightly buckled when you're bumping?
Thanks : )
I'm on the K2 Mamba from 2009. I think the length is 173 and I wasn't sure what the dimensions were, but I just looked it up and saw a 2009 163cm on a website that said 92-66-82. Assuming that the 173 is the same, then that's what it is. I also saw the 2013 version on a website that said 97-65-82. I would probably get that if I had to replace mine, or maybe the Dynastar Twister Mogul... probably the K2 since I've skied on it already and I'd probably try to track down another older version at 92mm in the tip. Here is a good website for buying mogul skis: http://shop.aspeneast.com/browse.cfm/dynastar-6th-sense-twister-ski/4,7068.html
For boots, I'm in the Dalbello Krypton Cross from 2009, custom fit. I like to have the top buckle around my calf really tight. The lower ones I don't think are as important, but my boots fit really well so there are definitely no spaces or gaps in the boot. My boots have 3 buckles, the middle one I guess is medium-tight or less, and the lower one is so loose that the buckle doesn't even want to stay down, but still there are no spaces in the boot there. I only really think that one thing matters with boots, and that is the right fit. If it's snug and comfortable it should be good for everything. I also think that they should be pretty stiff. I actually think that everyone should be in a stiff boot regardless of ability level. Mine are adjustable and I tried them on a soft setting and hitting clumps of powder (or just about anything else) would knock me off balance in a too-far-forward way, even if I was going slow, because the boot would flex way forward shifting my weight when I would hit clumps. It was really bad, and if I have that much trouble with a soft boot, I doubt that a beginner could handle it more gracefully than I could... so why are beginners put in soft boots? It makes no sense unless they never get off of perfect groomed. I like a lot of forward lean too.
post #123 of 1913/26/13 at 8:04pm
Interesting - thx for sharing that. Obviously what you've got works very well for you. ;-)
Different strokes I guess, but other than leaving things loose for feeling balance without the boots' assist I can't see why anyone wouldn't want a very snug (not painful) fit and firm(ish) boot. It's like play in a steering wheel - is that really useful?post #124 of 1913/27/13 at 7:38pm
Warning: Not a hijack, but a little side trip.
Watched the bumpers running lower Gunbarrel at Heavenly today while I wolfed lunch - damn they is good!
Shot a little video coming down on the lift...
Too bad the guy coming down right beside me bailed on the jump - would've made for a nice shot!
More info here on the U.S. Freestyle National Championships at Heavenly this Friday-Sunday. Should be a blast, and Gunbarrel 25 is the following weekend! A little snow between now and then would be nice! ;-)post #125 of 1913/28/13 at 9:33amThread Starterpost #126 of 1913/28/13 at 7:08pmpost #127 of 1913/28/13 at 8:02pmpost #128 of 1913/28/13 at 8:39pmThread Starter
Chris Cornell has an fantastic voice! I liked a few Audioslave songs quite a bit especially "Show Me How to Live", that one was just like Rage Against the Machine with Chris Cornell instead of "De La O"... and yeah, Led Zepplin is one of the greatest bands for sure, I listened to them a ton this summer.
Here's a unique new(er) song by a unique sounding singer, the guy that Sebastian Bach calls the "best singer in the world", Axl Rose: http://youtu.be/XmV1fL7yl_cpost #129 of 1913/28/13 at 11:35pmpost #130 of 1913/29/13 at 10:15ampost #131 of 1913/30/13 at 12:58pmSomething must have happened, the "click" is gone and I'm back to sucking in moguls. Oh well, just came back from the last day of the season, so hopefully the next season it will click again...
The first post did help a lot though, wish I could be as proficient as Blake one day.post #132 of 1913/30/13 at 2:30pmThread Starter
LOL Good Lord, that Wilkinson's restaurant video is both disturbing and funny... reminds me of all the people that think they're vampires just because they want to be one so bad LOLoldbumper:
Have you seen Axl Rose these days? Man, it's sad.
Axl Rose has always been kind of an 'on one day', 'off the next' kind of guy, apparently due to bipolar disorder.jzmtl:Something must have happened, the "click" is gone and I'm back to sucking in moguls. Oh well, just came back from the last day of the season, so hopefully the next season it will click again...
The first post did help a lot though, wish I could be as proficient as Blake one day.
"Clicks" never stay permanently after the first time they happen. That's normal. And no one skis perfectly 100% of the time.
Edited by Ronin - 3/30/13 at 9:48pmpost #133 of 1913/30/13 at 2:34pmThread Starterpost #134 of 1913/30/13 at 6:18pmpost #135 of 1913/30/13 at 10:14pmThread Starterpost #136 of 1913/30/13 at 10:45pmpost #137 of 1913/31/13 at 5:04amQuote:Originally Posted by Blake Saunders
Here's a pretty outrageous one... I'm not sure Buckethead doesn't top them all. There's also a part 2 of this video.
The nunchuck wielding guitarist: http://youtu.be/MTqnhCpMjz0
THAT.......was......frickin'............RAD!!!!! Here's one (sorry, I don't know how to embed). Not a flamboyant kind of guy, but still cool to see... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cGTsX3O-2E
If you skip towards the end, he gets insanely fast!!
Edited by zentune - 3/31/13 at 5:31ampost #138 of 1914/2/13 at 3:53pmThread Starterpost #139 of 1914/7/13 at 11:00ampost #140 of 1914/7/13 at 1:19pmThread Starter
Chuck Martin is without a doubt one of the best skiers in the world. I have seen him from time to time and done some runs with him throughout the past several years. He is simply fantastic. I have seen other guys from his generation that went to the olympics with him and they are not close to being as good in my opinion. Furthermore I have seen many top ranking people from generations after him that I also don't think are as good. I don't believe I have ever seen anyone better. He has varied his style a little bit over the years (or maybe it's from day to day, I'm not sure)... the most impressed I ever was with him, I think was when he was about 37 years old. I skied with him for several runs on a day then and he was absolutely fantastic to watch.post #141 of 1914/8/13 at 8:47am
Yup - totally agree with Blake. Chuck is AWESOME. Not only is he a great bump skier, but he is a great teacher. I've had the pleasure/honor to learn from him. Of course, with teaching/learning, everyone has their own preferences for how they like to learn. Chuck is particularly good at giving detailed feedback. As far as his bump skiing goes, he is of the early/mid 90's generation on the World Cup/Pro circuit, so his skiing style in that video reflects that era's techniques. Since then, technique has evolved significantly, and he's adapted his own technique, and he teaches according to the "latest". Since that video, we had the Finnish technique that dominated the WC for a while, then Dale Begg-Smith's influence, and most recently the technique you see folks like Hannah Kearney, Pat Dineen, and others use.
It's funny how dated his getup looks now in that video, though (LOL).post #142 of 1914/19/13 at 3:28pmThread Starter
Today I was able to find a video (someone else's) of Chuck Martin and I skiing on the same set of runs on the same week. Chuck was hands down the best coach of the CU ski team (I wasn't on the team but I know this to be true). One thing that's really cool about him is that he improved for at least a very long time after that olympics that he went to. He is at 0:38 on the right in the white outfit, 1:31 and 9:36 again on the right in the white outfit. I am at 1:03 and that shot is repeated in slow motion right after that at 1:10. Chuck is great and his skiing is great. Here is the video: http://youtu.be/QuYTgam-W7Mpost #143 of 1914/21/13 at 5:27ampost #144 of 1914/21/13 at 9:21am
You mean so we get to see him crash? Yes that's good - happens to the best.
So Blake, what elements do you see people using who want to ski bumps well but not the zipper line? (I'm not looking to get into a 15 pg debate over the _ line )
post #145 of 1914/21/13 at 1:48pmThread Starter
The 9:36 shot has some skiing before the crash which is why I included it. Everyone crashes though : ) Sometimes you can't tell where the actual bump is if it's under some new snow, and that makes good timing pretty much impossible. That may have been what happened there. It's like skiing blindfolded.
I usually don't even ski bumps when they're covered in powder. It's ironic though... someone with good timing (of absorption) gets messed up when there is fresh snow on the bumps and you can't see where the impact will happen... on the other hand someone with bad timing is helped when there's fresh snow because they'd be off a little anyway and the snow makes it so it might matter less.Tog:So Blake, what elements do you see people using who want to ski bumps well but not the zipper line?
When I'm in the moguls but not in a line I just basically do short swing turns. Just stick them anywhere in the bumps that you feel like, they can fit in any part of a mogul field pretty much.
Here is a video (again of Chuck) with some short swing turns in it. They're shown on the groomed at 15 seconds and a few more times later. That type of turn can be done in a line or out. The stuff he's talking about doesn't really apply to what I am saying directly, I just grabbed this video because it has some short swing turns in it. That type of turn can be done quicker or slower. I was actually trying to find a video of Janne Lahtela doing some short swing turns but I couldn't find it. I think that that video might be a japanese one because he's coaching that team. If anyone knows of that video, stick in on this thread : )
Edited by Ronin - 4/21/13 at 2:00pmpost #146 of 1914/21/13 at 2:25pm
I was actually trying to find a video of Janne Lahtela doing some short swing turns but I couldn't find it. I think that that video might be a japanese one because he's coaching that team. If anyone knows of that video, stick in on this thread : )post #147 of 1914/21/13 at 2:36pmQuote:Originally Posted by Blake Saunders
Ok let's do guitarists lol...
Here is a solo that's so rockin' that there are 4 hands on the same guitar at the same time! http://youtu.be/cU4GXgaCFTI The solo's around the 3 minute mark.
When you were talking about 4 hands on one guitar, I thought that you were talking about this video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSjRggiSBrUpost #148 of 1914/21/13 at 4:01pmThread Starterpost #149 of 1914/22/13 at 9:22ampost #150 of 1914/22/13 at 7:27pmThread Starter
I have two stories... one is second hand through my friend Mark who you see in my videos, and the other is third hand from my friend Mark who heard it originally from another guy that we ski with : )
Mark was skiing with Janne Lahtela in Banff Canada (or maybe it was Whistler), and there was a world cup mogul skier there with them that was trying to ski the moguls on a monoboard. Janne apparently has kind of a yelling way of talking sometimes and after watching this guy attempt the monoboard several times, he got mad at him and grabbed the board yelling "Give me that thing!", then went to the top of the mogul run with assumingly no practice and flew down the run with perfect turns exactly like he was on alpine and handed the board back to the guy and said "That's how you do it!". Mark said he was absolutely flying with perfect turns.
The other story is from another friend of ours who is a good and fast mogul skier that skied with Janne again somewhere in Canada... Janne was picking up a bunch of gear from on and around a course and he ended up with 3 containers of gear on his back (basically 3 backpacks). Now I don't know if you've ever tried it, but it is exceedingly difficult to ski with a heavy pack on. When you get up to 60 pounds or so, it is incredibly difficult. I know that from experience. This friend of ours who again is a pretty fast mogul skier thought he could race Janne since Janne had that gear on his back and so they started down and at first they were even, and Janne was looking over at our friend while skiing the moguls, then about half way through the race Janne started pumping down the backsides of the bumps and just went "Shooooom!" and was gone. The race didn't finish close at all. He must be incredibly strong.
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