Originally Posted by razie
So... since I had nothing to share, I figured I need to get into bumps, so here's Razie's first day in bumps. I never did the freaking things before (they're usually just sore icy spots here), but I am pretty hooked now, so expect more "bumped up" videos... today they were nice and soft and half our club was there and I had my camera as usual in a pocket... so... I will spare you the terrifying runs where I look like a bouncy ball inside a flipper machine, here's some more controlled runs half way-through the couple hours I spent in there.
I think a couple runs later I figured out what pole plants are useful for and that counteraction/separation is a big deal etc...
I know I suck - so no need to MA this thing... it's just so you know why I don't comment on bump skiing threads, I guess ... I'll stick to race tech threads, heh
Razie, there’s so much about moguls that’s relevant to our other discussions (arguments) that I would like to give you my take on it.
When there are soft, rounded bumps you can pretty much ski wherever you want, but when the bumps are well formed there are often walls of ice or snow that you can not ski across without breaking a ski or something worse. So, there are places where you must turn (unless you jump) and often very little space. If everyone is skiing the exact same size ski in the exact same spot, in the exact same way, then you can get well formed bump shapes that can allow arc to arc carving around the bumps, but I’ve only ever seen those bumps in a few videos. Skiing all over North America, I’ve never seen well formed bumps like this in person, because bumps are usually formed from a diverse population of skiers. So, given that there are times you must turn in a small space, you have to rotate the skis for part of the turn. Icy bumps can be fun, because it’s easy to pivot the skis, but they are punishing to learn on. In very soft conditions, it can be hard to pivot the skis with weight. This is one reason carving is such a great all mountain tool. But, if there’s not enough space to carve a turn, then you have to get light in transition to be able to swing the skis around.
So, how do you get light in transition?
1. Rapid retraction on an even slope does not work, because you fall too quickly.
2. Jump turns or up unweighting can work in some places, but it’s exhausting and can be slow.
3. Sometimes you can load the ski to vault, but there’s not always space to bend the ski or get a good grip, plus it’s relatively slow.
So, there’s one method that will always work, and this is the core of bump skiing. Use the bump to get weightless, so that you can rotate the skis at the top of the turn. Let the bump push you up just enough to get where you want to go, but then absorb the rest of it by flexing the legs to keep it from tossing you. Where you want to go is just before the next bump, so that you can use it to get weightless again.
Though, the face of the bump can be just a wall that you can not ski up and over, so often you have to use the inside shoulder of the bump. Pick the part of the bump that gives you just the right amount of pop. Most people end up picking the same place which forms the trough, and since people are weightless at the end of the trough, the trough forms into a hole with a lip at the end which is a bump in itself. So, just skiing the troughs in that situation leads to enough bump to get weightless for each turn. Let the lip push you up just a little then pull the feet up, rotate them, and extend them back down into the next trough to repeat. The faster you go, the less time you can allow the bump to push you up. Once you start going fast, you can touch down just before the bump for a small period of time, so that it gives you an exhilarating sense of flying while having to respond to the terrain coming at you like in a video game.
So, here’s the challenge. Ski the line turning on every bump with the feet together. At first, it’s just a challenge and not that much fun, but for motivation just think you suck if you can’t do it. But, by the time you meet that challenge you may experience some of the greatest sensations in skiing and be hooked on bumps.