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Tips On Absorbing Bumps

post #1 of 5
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The title is pretty much says it; I am looking for some tips on absorbing bumps in my skiing. When I say bumps, I'm not talking moguls, I'm talking chopped up powder. My recent trip to Alta yielded some snow that quickly became bumped up in the high traffic areas. My issue was that to keep my skis from getting knocked around in the bumps, I had to tighten up my legs and dig in. But when I did that, the bumps would knock me around quite a bit. While that was happening, I noticed there were some very good skiers around that seemed to just blow through the bumps like the weren't there. Is there a trick to it? Any tips would be great!
post #2 of 5
Stay on edge, go fast, and have large but soft skis.
And soft legs. There isn't time to put your brain in the loop. ..you have to let them give a little.

Edit - I am talking about pretending the bumplets aren't there, Not skiing them as moguls.
post #3 of 5
For random piles of fluff or slush I find it helps to keep your feet under your butt and your upper body forward so you can ski up it while absorbing the bump with your knees and turn off the back side of it. I tend to lean back and let my feet get in front if I don't pay attention, which knocks you around.
post #4 of 5
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gmoney wrote:

I noticed there were some very good skiers around that seemed to just blow through the bumps like the weren't there.

 

I'm guessing the skiers you saw were doing exactly what you saw, except instead of describing them as "blowing" through the piles, they were turning into the piles and through them.  They were probably not banking off the piles or tracing the ruts or skied out tracks next to the piles, they were turning directly into the piles and blowing through them at the turn finish. 

 

Learning how to do this in crud is a great way to start getting used to turning into the larger moguls that continue to form.  Don't ski around them, turn into, through and over them.

 

Nail

post #5 of 5
For more details look up the crudology thread and video.
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