Originally Posted by tdk6
There has been a lot of talk that more rounded turns would get the approval they should by the judges. Nail probably has a word or two on this subject.
Mogul skiers are incredibly fast. A slalom race has about 1/3 the turn frequency. An epic ski academy non-competitor type mogul style is typically half the turn frequency. Such fast speed is spectacular in its own right. It’s an objective goal. It’s not fair to compare styles with vastly different speeds, because there are different dynamics at work, such as being able to utilize the turning radius of the ski or being able to move the upper body with the turn. Many statements about mogul skiing are really based around preferring slow turns over fast turns. Finding ways to appreciate a slow turn is good because they are much more attainable. Though, I find the endless tweaking of form chasing the fashionable look a bit unrewarding. The speed and reaction time in mogul skiing is just plain fun. I don’t get too excited looking at modern mogul competitions mostly because the bumps are so regular. I’m blown away by the natural terrain skiing of some of these champions. And, seeing them out skiing on the slopes is a thing of beauty when they aren’t pushing the envelope of maximum possible speed. They are still going at speeds faster than most other people on the planet, but yet it’s hard to identify skidding in their turns and there is certainly no slamming.
Talking about skidding is an endless debate that would be bogged down by definitions, but slamming is something that can be identified and avoided. I’ve seen many mogul skiers that are skidding and slamming, but this is mostly because they don’t know how to control their speed. Listen for that sound, listen at :34-1:13 in this video below.
Each mogul skier has a different style that can’t be easily categorized by anything other than “fast turns”. Some just go from edge to edge with very little skidding. Some carve turns in certain bump shapes. Some steer a turn sharper than the turning radius of the ski. Some do windshield wiper turns. Some just go straight. Some are basically just doing the same short radius turns (with long radius skis) that they would accomplish on the groomed by using forward pressure. And others...