Originally Posted by clink83 http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nOJjF1T96QY
I don't think its a lack of capable skiers, I think its because of what an expert skier is. The women in this video are ripping on those skis, but they look almost comic compared to what modern skiers can do. But since we don't ski like that, the technique to ski bumps isn't as relevant.http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=c0Xj1GcV3wM
I might be 100% wrong though, because glen plane skis bumps better on modern skis than old straights.
The women in the first video are good skiers. The only thing I see that is comical would be their wardrobe. The only major technique differences I see are that they float the first half of the turn. After that, skis are on the ground, they are on edge and steering through the rest of the turn. To say the technique for skiing bumps is irrelevant suggests you really don't understand bump skiing. There is nothing different about skiing bumps. Balance, Edging, Rotation and Pressure are still at the core of all good skiing, whether it is flat ground or bumped up.
The skis have very little to do with bump skiing. Sure people skied bumps in straight skis back in the day. They also skied powder and groomers on straight skis. It was all they had. Now they do it all with a bigger sidecut. A typical expert skier doesn't own "bump skis". They own a pair of skis that they can make do what they tell them to. True bump skis are not that great outside of the bumps for very much. They are straighter than a carving ski, but have significantly more sidecut than even most of the "carving" skis from the 90s. The idea that bump skiing is somehow about straight skis just isn't true.
As for Glen Plake, he started out as a member of the US freestyle moguls team. He is a phenomenal bump skier. He is known for using straight skis fairly often, but on modern all mountain or carving skis, he doesn't miss a beat. The skis don't make Glen Plake, Glen Plake makes the skis.