Check out this lengthy video of JL Brassard cold ripping some moguls in the early/ mid 1990's, and then his lengthy teaching on how to master moguls 'slow' 'medium' and fast.
1. Damn, but he's one of the most exciting and dynamic skiers of all time.
2. Mogul comps ought to be moved back to real, natural moguls with all aerials done in actual mogul fields.
2a. I'd really like to see Alex Bilodeau put together similar videos of ripping on real world moguls and discuss technique acquisition. He's awesome, but I want to see him outside of the seeded course (especially now that he's retired).
3. The Instructional Part: You can see where the shape of modern moguls and the equipment has changed the way moguls are skied, but watching the lengthy tutorial to follow, I can't help but notice how similar the approach to mogul skiing is to today's high-level recreational standards. This is especially true of the demonstration of 'slow' mogul skiing that begins around the 4 minute mark. To my eye, this skiing looks pretty similar to other high end demos from contemporary CSIA/ PSIA and notable independent demonstration of expert, recreational mogul skiing. Even his spoken advice is pretty much the same.
4. As he moves towards 'faster' moguls you see the progression toward the WC style, that also seems pretty much the same compared to what I've seen in Chuck Martin et al videos. AND, the progression as a whole from slow to fast is very reminiscent of Blake Saunders video on Mogul skiing and technique posted earlier this summer.
So, what has changed and what remains the same? What can contemporary higher end instructors still use and employ from Brassard? What can you learn from watching this video?
And, for fun: Does this skiing still impress you and look great, even without the caveat of 'for the straight ski era?' It does me, if I saw someone skiing like this, I'd unabashedly stop and gape and clap from the lifts.