I saw the other post on Absorption and placed it in the same category "Ski Instruction & Coaching", but right after I did it I asked myself is this the appropriate category as I am not and don't mean to come across as an official instructor. Just a friend giving an opinion or advice.
This guy should be applauded for his efforts, old school or not, instructor or not.
We have lots of non-instructors in this forum who give great advice.
I agree with swisstrader. I thought the OP was really good. It doesn't matter at all if he's an "instructor" or not, his advice is sound, it could definitely work for a lot of people.
JHoback, the fact that you are not PSIA or whatever probably only makes me more likely to listen to you. For a hint at why I would say that you can see what I said here in post 8, 10 and 24: http://www.epicski.com/t/117316/high-performance-ma-please
I am also not an "official instructor", by the way, and I don't care, and I don't want to be. I am also not any kind of ex-competitor or current competitor or anything else. I just ski. I know there are really good PSIA instructors though (Bob is obviously a great one).
There were only one or two sentences in the OP that I had a comment on...
Where will all of your movement (absorbtion) come from? It will primarily come from your knees (and yes bump skiing is hard on the knees).
I only think that bump skiing is hard on the knees if you don't absorb well enough. Most skiers don't absorb well enough, so I guess what you said is accurate from a certain point of view.
As you get better, you will then learn how to ski the sides of the bumps as well. This progression will help as you will be learning how to avoid rocks, stumps, etc that are in the ruts. After the sides, you will then learn how to ski the tops of the bumps.
You could also learn to ski the sides and tops first before the rut. I would teach those things first, but either way could work.
I have never heard this. I like the idea though and I might even try it. Hands are always really annoying to try to keep quiet in the bumps.
Edited by Ronin - 1/22/13 at 10:26am