Originally Posted by anachronism
And yes, I agree that it seems mogul skiing has taken back burner. Odd because expert resort runs have moguls more often than they have fresh pow, and almost everyplace has mogul runs to ski.
Maybe its my foggy memory, but I also seem to remember generally friendlier moguls as a kid- they might have been huge, but they tended to have nice rounded sides. These days I seem to see more and more trapezoidal box moguls with every side having near vertical walls and sharp corners.
I strive to ski the zipperline wherever I go. If it is nice bumps it is a nice zipperline.
In the real world, everyone thinks they are better than they really are, particularly in steeper terrain. This leads more shall we say conservative skiers into runs where they press their edges into the poor snowpack for all they are worth, it is all they have between themselves and gravity to scrape and shave off that top layer of snow in a "controlled" turn. I did this too, for decades at that, now I shudder to contemplate the body tension needed to bring those boards around for another "turn".
I ask many overedgemongers about it. Control is the primary reason, yet I then ask are you controlling your ski or is the ski controlling you? A good portion of these skiers' shoulders dutifully follow their tips making effective Z turns down a nice bump line carefully pressing their abused edges as forcefully as possible into the scraping action.
Eventually you find the verticle sided, fully braking "turns" the only way through.
This makes a zipperline a chore or a dangerous proposition, it takes a true master to find the sinewave through the nasty Zs, I ususally see it as the fastest line through.
More snow usually fixes things up for a week or so. In the meantime on the lift, I gently suggest that pressing P-Tex into the snow with edge engagement as a side effect will let them relax and see how easy it is to turn the other way with your feet underneath you.
This is a difficult proposition, getting skiers to let go and let gravity take them is akin to convincing the faithful to give up their God.