I wish you guys had an "Intermediate Zone". I feel a little out of my depth posting in this forum, but I don't think it's a beginner topic either. Anyway, please understand that the subject is coming from an intermediate/advanced skier trying to improve.
There was a great video posted in another thread, that really caught my interest; about a guy who built a pump course for his mountain bike in his backyard. The poster claimed this was a great way to improve your skiing over the summer. I like this concept because I know how to pump from years in the skate park. It's a skill I am very comfortable with and know how to do well, but, I have never considered it a part of skiing.
Is pumping a skill that is specifically taught, I've not seen it referenced before?
So, should I be "pumping" when I ski to keep momentum like I do in the skate park?
Does this relate to Bob's "Trampoline Man", or is that more about rebound?
How does it reconcile with Retraction style edge changes where there is no push off?
Sorry if I have mixed up my terminology, but I hope you get the idea. This was the first time I have seen pumping referred to in skiing and it peaked my interest. I'm sure it would be most effective in the bumps but could be done on the flats too.