Originally Posted by tball
Skidude, I've never heard of the "technical line" and have been skiing bumps and hanging with bumpers for 30 years. I'd love to understand how the technical line is different from the zipperline.
I think its a good question...and in reality , I would argue there are times when there is no difference.
Having said that, the technical line to me, is when you set a rythm (turn shape, speed, tempo), and maintain that down the run...regardless of the bumps.
Zipper line is when the turn shape, tempo, speed, is set for you by the bumps/pitch. Its why "mogul courses" used in competition are created as they are....a good rythm, tempo is skied to develop the bumps (using good skiers or a machine in some cases)...this is then reflected in the bumps, creating a good zipperline. This of course doesnt happen on an open regular bump hill, so its very rare to find a good long zipper line on regular runs open to the public....3-4 turns is typically all you get.