Originally Posted by segbrown
Of course we have Mary Jane, where about half of the Denver metro area skiers grew up. Also: topography (more cut runs in between tight trees than open spaces), snow (consistent amounts, not too much to eliminate moguls but not so little that things get too hard), skier traffic (quite a bit, this isn't N. Idaho), etc etc.
I totally agree with you about lots of good bump skiers in CO, and I think that ^^^^ is why. Our snow is just right for good bumps, and so many people like me grew up skiing the Jane.
For the better part of 15 years, skiing and Mary Jane were one in the same for me. Drive up from Denver, park at the base of the Jane, ski bumps ALL day, drive home. Every weekend, often both days. I still can't find my way around Winter Park. The only time I ever went over there was to pick up my season pass. It's all about Mary Jane and bumps for many Denver skiers, or at least it used to be. Times have changed... not so sure any more.
And, taking segbrown's cue... I have to point out I'm really not that good of a bump skier comparitivly. As flattering as @Josh Matta's comments are (thanks!), I'm nowhere near the top of the heap at Mary Jane. I was never that great, and I never really trained or competed. These days I'm way too slow as I'm shooting more for low impact mogul skiing. The really good bump skiers are probably going two or three times my speed. I'll post the video of that sequence so you can see my pokey skiing in full. I do think it's hard for most folks to appreciate the difficulty added by speed in moguls. It's a lot easier to look like you know what you are doing when you are going slow.