Originally Posted by Lisa
.I don't particularly care that I can/can't do bumps, but I have a feeling "getting" it will help improve my overall level of skiing..
You should care though Lisa and here's why. Skiing bumps will open up much more of the mountain to you and bumps are a constant presence. The end of a powder day, or spring day, they are everywhere and those are some of the most fun bumps. On days like that there are so many sitting inside the lodge complaining of the conditions while many of us are having incredible days. So stick with it because the rewards are reel.
Step 1 to really ski bumps you must be able to make a short radius turn. Look at yourself in the mirror....come on now ....can you really make a short turn?.....not just one... but can you link them.......one right after the other...can you set a rhythm and stick to it....even if the hill tips up or the fall line deviates? Can you stick in a corridor and keep turning? If so go to step 2
Step 2 is to realize as Manus pointed out that "think of moguls as tools to help you turn and not as an obstacle to be avoided." Why are they tools...welll because they make it easier to turn! Find a nice friendly bump on a friendly pitch and move right to the top of it. Look around...notice anything? Your ski tips and tails are off the snow! If you even start thinking about turning down the back side of the bump, you will!
Step 3 Nobody it seems cares about flexing and extending in the tips they are giving you but it is the second biggest key after short turn. In order to control your speed, your skis must be in contact with the snow. Ric B mentions this but doesnt say how. Now as you are heading up the flexing part is obvious but it's the extension back down that is key. By flexing and extending I am simply talking about bending and unbending your ankles and knees. A great place to practice this is in a kids terrain park. Take the little hits and spines and instead of getting air absord and extend and keep your skis on the snow the whole time. Or find a friendly bump and just slowly head into it without even thinking about a turn just keeping your skis on the snow.One bump then stop.repeat. Resorts used to have a terrain feature that they would build that was great for this.I t was 5-6 consistent bumps in a row on a flat that you could straight run with no fear and just practice this.
Step 4 Now You have to understand where to go. Start on a pitch where you have a large comfort level. Now look at all those bumps. You can ski on the tops on the sides or in the troughs or a run can be a combination. Pick a line where you can clearly see 3-4 turns. Start off with the line where you would follow the water flowing. As you improve, you will develop tactics of your own and choose your line based on conditions and how you feel. You will also learn to bridge and change lines as well. You will also start to vary your turn shapes and radius.
Step 5 Canuck Instructor had the next good piece of advice: Look ahead 3-4 bumps. This tip makes a huge difference in peoples bump skiing. It works. But you really need to remind yourself to do it before you push off.
Step 6 Keep the image of the modern pro bumpers out of your mind. That's not what you want to aspire to (unless your a young kid). You want elegance and style and to be a smooth operator.
Step 7 BREATHE. It's surprising how many people hold their breath when they ski bumps!
Originally Posted by docbrad66
add to the all your other tips:
when you lose the line / rhythm, STOP, and start over
also, the timing of mogul turns is "down, up", with the down part
during the skidding and the up part to release that edge set and change
the direction of the skis, down the backside of the moguls...
I would not follow this advice. Part of good mogul skiing is being able to adapt and to change lines.This takes practice. Try and keep it going. First get one turn then two then three then 6 then 10 then half a run etc.
Nobody goes down up anymore in modern skiing, not even Cal Cantrell.
If you go "up" where he is describing then you will go UP into the air! So don't do that. Think of yourself moving forward while your lower body is working like a shock absorber