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I am a 59 year old return skier. I took a 14 year hiatus. Was a advanced intermediate before the hiatus. I have skied 25 times so far this year. I am in local group lesson consisting of 2 times per week for 5 weeks that is about to conclude. I will be taking a half day private with Little Bear in a couple weeks.
My question is. I have made huge advancements in the class. However, the what I would consider very good technique on groomers and steeps that are not too bumped up goes out the window in bumps and trees. What gives? Might be obvious but I don't get why the technique leaves. I will ask future instructors but was wanting to hear from the experts on here.
post #2 of 7

There are still deficiencies in your skiing, but they don't show up on groomers. When you get into ungroomed, it requires better technique, and that's where your deficiencies show up. Its like if you were to play basketball only against people much worse than you. You may think you're great, until you play someone really good, and get destroyed. That's when you find out what your weaknesses are.

 

As far as specifically what is wrong, I would never even try to address that without seeing you ski. 

post #3 of 7
I'm "guessing" your balance is lacking because of improper movements.
post #4 of 7

Sounds like some 'strong, blocking pole plant' work could be in the cards. :)

post #5 of 7

The short answer: Your center of mass most likely isn't traveling correctly for the task of skiing bumps. This is the #1 problem I see with most good skiers who encounter difficulty in bumps. 

 

The long answer: At 59 years old I doubt that you would be skiing as aggressively as you would be if you were still 40.  Internally we know that as we age that we injure easily and heal slowly. That little bit of defensiveness can be all the difference. When we're young, spry and stupid we can muscle our ways out of situations and take abuse and pounding that a 59 year old cannot physically withstand.  Young folks can afford to make stupid mistakes in the bumps and get away with it. So, you have to learn to be smooth and technically perfect and approach bumps methodically gradually building confidence and a technique that will help you master bumps to the best of your physical ability. 

 

Perhaps you want to find an older accomplished instructor to take a private bump lesson from? 

post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the reply's. I will put more focus on these things.
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Originally Posted by vindibona1 View Post
 

The short answer: Your center of mass most likely isn't traveling correctly for the task of skiing bumps. This is the #1 problem I see with most good skiers who encounter difficulty in bumps. 

 

The long answer: At 59 years old I doubt that you would be skiing as aggressively as you would be if you were still 40.  Internally we know that as we age that we injure easily and heal slowly. That little bit of defensiveness can be all the difference. When we're young, spry and stupid we can muscle our ways out of situations and take abuse and pounding that a 59 year old cannot physically withstand.  Young folks can afford to make stupid mistakes in the bumps and get away with it. So, you have to learn to be smooth and technically perfect and approach bumps methodically gradually building confidence and a technique that will help you master bumps to the best of your physical ability. 

 

Perhaps you want to find an older accomplished instructor to take a private bump lesson from? 

Your long answer is quite perceptive.  I will be turning 65 soon and I was recently out in SLC with my 2 sons. I was actually quite happy with my bump skiing thanks to input I have absorbed on this forum.  But when I followed my 30 year old snowboarder into the trees, I got this feeling of intimidation that I had not had in the past so I took the hint from mother nature and exited. When aging, sometimes things creep up on you and sometimes it slaps you in the face like the day I looked down at my watch and couldn't read it any more!

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