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Originally Posted by bumpfreaq View Post

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Way to get out there and try some different things!  Optimal gear certainly makes things easier but there's no substitute for technique and mileage.  Keep it up man, I'll bet you nail twelve bumps before you bail next time =)

Heh thanks. the bumps were so tight it feels like everything need to happen at 2x the speed and I couldn't keep up. More mileage is definitely needed and hopefully I can get more in those competition moguls.
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I have skied both sl and Gs race skis in bumps and I find the sl's are much preferred. Of course there are many versions of bumps, but for me a quick and med-soft ski works the best. Allows the most options on how to navigate. If the bumps are smallish and softer, and you want to ski them fast, then I could see a longer cheater GS ski being a good choice. A Gs race stock ski is not turny enough in the size I ski them (192 cm, 27m radius). I have to do all the work, the ski is along for the ride with me.

 

Bottom line for me is I usually avoid bumps when I have my race skis on, unless they are very soft. I did have a really good bump run this year at Sunday River on a trail with pretty soft bumps. I was on my sl skis, but the stiffness was negated by the soft snow. You can always do it, but it may not be enjoyable.

 

I took my sl skis into glades a couple of weekends ago to see how they do. They were double black glades with big irregular bumps. I actually had fun in some spots, but the torsional stiffness was too much and I would hook an edge suddenly sliding down a steep drop. I also dulled the crap out of them, and decided I needed a softer, more forgiving ski for trees. I bought a used MX78 to use for this purpose. I am a clyde, so the MX78 is a softer ski for me, although not for everyone. 

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Originally Posted by bttocs View Post

I have skied both sl and Gs race skis in bumps and I find the sl's are much preferred. Of course there are many versions of bumps, but for me a quick and med-soft ski works the best. Allows the most options on how to navigate. If the bumps are smallish and softer, and you want to ski them fast, then I could see a longer cheater GS ski being a good choice. A Gs race stock ski is not turny enough in the size I ski them (192 cm, 27m radius). I have to do all the work, the ski is along for the ride with me.

Ended up on instructor drills with my WC 27m 187cm skis through the bumps. It was not fun at all as you stated the ski was along for the ride. Took lots of effort to get them through. Not as much as back in day with 204 k2s but not easy either.

I would recommend slalom skis.
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