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Explain me Bump, Moguls, Bumpy Tree Skis.

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Just got back from JayPeak.  I was surprised how bumpy everything was.  I loved it as I liked the bumpy trees along with bumpy/mogul runs.  What I found out is that bumps (anything bumpy) are my weakest link.   Some of it is due to my equipment, that is why I want to find out what to look for in  skis for bumps.     

 

As of now whenever I ski far away from home I take my Kung Fujas skis with me as that is the most versatile ski ever made.  Those skis are longer than usual as I wanted them to be more stable and more comfortable for landings.  That's why they do not work well in places where I have to make sharp turns (trees, bump, etc...).  

 

Therefor, today I decided to buy skis specifically for bumps/trees. Problem is I know very little about skis that could fit the requirement.   My assumption is the ski has to be shorter, probably up to my nose, or maybe even shorter.  What kind of waist? Twin Tips? Please share your 2 cents, and help me find good stuff for bumpy/tree runs.   

 

Please remember, the ski has to fit both tree and bump (my feeling is this is possible) style of skiing. 

 

5'7"

167 lbs with no equipment

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Shorter isn't necessarily better, they are quicker and easier to pivot but they will be a little more demanding to stay balanced on in chopped up snow. Yes, shorter skis will allow you to ski poorly in bumps easier but a length that is somewhere around forehead height is gonna be best. I'd suggest a ski that is between 85mm and 100mm wide with some tip and tail rocker, softer flex and some amount of twin tip to it... basically something really similar to a K2 Kung Fujas.

 

Other choices:

 

Rossi S3

Nordica Soul Rider

Blizzard Bushwacker

 

The key to skiing bumps and trees, or bumps in trees, is to relax and look further downhill, keep upper and lower body separation, make effective pole plants and allow your legs to flex and extend. Do this and the skis on your feet won't matter. (and I sell skis for a living).

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Thread Starter 

Witeroom, I did enjoy your reply.  It was what I needed, and I sort of came to the same conclusion after more reading.  As of now my ski is 179 and it sticks out way over my head.  I will simply buy shorted (169) 2012 Kung Fujas (which I fall in love with), and exchange bindings with the longer once depending on where I'm going.  

 

The 169 ski will be at the top of my forehead, but I think it will make a difference. 

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Originally Posted by awegrzyn View Post

...  What I found out is that bumps (anything bumpy) are my weakest link. ...

5'7"

167 lbs with no equipment

 

Don't feel alone.   There have always been fair numbers of advanced skiers weak in bumps, though the issue is more about technique than skis.  In this age much more so than in the past because many instead focus on all mountain simply coping to get through bumpy sections.  Has always been about technique not skis.

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