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Brassard (Da best!) on Moguls" The World we've lost and the World that remains the same

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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.

 

 

 

Few Thoughts:

 

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.

post #2 of 7
While it'd be nice to ski moguls like that, it ain't happening at my age (57). What really impressed me, though, was his freeskiing at the end (around 23:45). Such incredible lightness in his skiing. And hands always in position to confront the terrain and take it downhill.

Mike
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Great find! Never seen the long version, just clips of this vid. Brassard is just unbelievable, his absorption range is ridiculous. The way he adjust in clearing his hip is awesome.  

 

IMO, what really stands out is how he can throw an extra turn so fast to set up his line. To me, that is the key when trying to maintain rhythm while skiing in irregular spaced bumps.  

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I agree... great find and still great skiing, He has ridiculously quick feet!

 

I don't think much has changed technically. He puts his feet where they need to be at the right time and uses plenty of flexion/extension to control the pressure and maintain balance through undulating terrain. The difference is tactics. As it relates to CSIA/PSIA Skiing... the goal of many recreational skiers is often to control their speed in the bumps so ski instructors will often demonstrate a rounder turn shape. Of course most of us don't have anywhere near the same athletic ability as Brassard either.

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I agree... great find and still great skiing, He has ridiculously quick feet!

 

 He puts his feet where they need to be at the right time and uses plenty of flexion/extension to control the pressure and maintain balance through undulating terrain. The difference is tactics. 

 

That, in one focused sentence is the holy grail of ski technique-put your feet where they need to be at the right time! Nicely said.

 

I just watched the new and updated slate of Section8 videos, they look great.  Skinerd, Is the new Dvd/ Book out yet?

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Ha... well I'd better copyright that then;)!

 

Just trying to edit the DVD as we speak. Everything was shot last fall on our pre-season Austria trip but things were too hectic last season to get it done so with any luck it will be out for the start of this season.

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If you want to see him ski... or better: ski with him! Or better: talk to him about skiing with a beer after havibg skied with him!

 

http://ski.voyagesgendron.com/en/groupes/niseko-japon/

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