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post #1 of 13
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To all you mogulphobics: Keep the faith!
Today was the first time I made it down and easy, albeit very long bump run, without an instructor being present. While I'm sure I didn't ski it perfectly, I did not stop once throughout the run{very unusual for me on bump runs] and I felt absolutely no fear whatsoever. {even more unusual!} At certain points, I was hardly thinking about what I was doing. The skis just sort of knew where to go.

One suggestion for people who are "bump challenged." Two weeks ago, I worked with an instructor who had me skiing bumps for a good portion of the lesson. Last Sunday, I worked with a different instructor who had me really perfect my stance and alignment. He even made me slow down : on some runs so I could see where speed was masking sloppy technique.

Two days later, the results were obvious. Not once did I feel as if any of the bumps were putting me in the backseat, or throwing me around the mountain.

If you're having a lot of trouble with bumps, my suggestion would be to find an instructor who will help you finesse your basic skiing skills. IMHO, this is half the battle.

BTW, thank you, thank you thank you to everyone who has worked with me officially and unofficially this season. The fruits of your labor are finally blosoming!
post #2 of 13
Yay!!!! I resemble that remark (mogulphobic) That's awesome. I'm still not at a complete run...just at the "stopped cringing" part. I hear you about the instructor part!

Happy bumpin Lisa!
post #3 of 13
Way to go LM. Its the Colorado air.
post #4 of 13
Just don't get frustrated when you have a day when the bumps baffle you.
post #5 of 13
Your insight about finesse being the key to mogul skiing is brilliant, Lisa. Hats off to you!
post #6 of 13
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Philay, the air may help, but the awesome Copper instructors were mostly responsible.

Miles, I'm well aware that could happen, but it just does not phase me anymore. These days, if I find myself "baffled' by any sort of conditions, I just go back to basics.

In retrospect, this is what I failed to do after the first Academy. I got so excited about being less fearful, that I pretty much stopped doing any skill refinement on easier terrain.

Nolo: It's been interesting working with two different instructors ; one pushes me out of my comfort zone, the other helps me finesse my skills. This past Sunday was the first time I had ever been in a class where I was at a slightly higher level than the other students, perhaps not in terms of skill, but definitely in terms of speed.

This gave me the opportunity to observe some of my own common mistakes and their effect on the technique of other skiers.
post #7 of 13
You little bumper you!!!
post #8 of 13
Good for you LM! Nothing like the first time it comes together in the bumps! Being able to control your speed is an important part of the puzzle.
post #9 of 13
Don't you just love Lisamarie`s posts. Who is more passionate about skiing?! Sounds like a better student than any instructor deserves!

post #10 of 13
glad to hear that everything is coming together for you on the snow. Isn't it the coolest feeling when what you've been struggling with all the sudden starts to make sense (bumps)?

You mentioned something though that caught my attention, as a skier who has worked with multiple instructors, what did you find more of, instructors that worked on basic skills to better your skiing, or instructors that pushed your comfort zone. And which did you find more effective?
post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 
Originally Posted by cdnguy
Don't you just love Lisamarie`s posts. Who is more passionate about skiing?! Sounds like a better student than any instructor deserves!

Ya' hear that, Mike?

Manus, interesting question. Perhaps if I tell "today's chapter," You'll get a better idea of what I think about that.

If Tueday was a "Yes!" day, today was, as Molly Bloom would put it, a "Yes to Say Yes to Say Yes! day."

But it sure didn't start that way.

Lately, every time I make a breakthrough, I've noticed this tendency to turn into a "bad girl" for a few days. The lack of fear is such am amazing personality change for me that I tend to indulge in it; sometimes more than I should.

Here's how my week has gone so far.
Sunday: Lesson with Mike where he helps me finesse my skills.

Monday: The Burnin' Luvs are at Copper just bunin' to be demoed again. Took them out and just practiced being a fast woman.

Tueday: Bumps and more bumps.

Wednesday: Skied Breck with a few of the Summit Stage bus drivers. The dudes go fast! Didn't want to hold them up, so I said "what the heck, just point em' straight, and if someone gets in your way, turn." WHEEEE!!!
Skied a few runs I had no business being on, but what lived to tell the tale.

As much fun as I was having, I had a feeling that my cockiness would turn to sloppiness, so today, I took a lesson with the Master of finesse and perfection Mike _M.

He watches for a few minutes. I ski up to him , and he has this dead pan look on his face. Uh OH!

"What the HELL was that?"
"What do you mean?"
How did that feel?"
"It was fun!"
"Would you like to learn to ski, now?"
"Thought I was."
"Just because you can point your skis straight down the hill and just go, that does'nt make it skiing."

Seems I was having a bit of a patience problem. He makes me S-L-O-W down my turns.

"Hey Dude! It's too friggin' flat here for me to go so damn slow!":
"That's because you're cheating."

When he finally gets me to clean up my act, we take a few bump runs. I am back in heaven. We worked on coordinating rhythm and breathing with direction and intent.

"Ski into the future! Inhale as you get to the top of the bump, then exhale, choose where you intend to go !

He gives me an awesome compliment about my bump skiing that I won't repeat.

It works! Later, we did a little bit of tree skiing {my first time!!!} and we used the same principles. "Don't look at the trees. Look where you want to go!"

Here comes the best part: I've had a mental block about Ptarmigan. Don't know why, but I do. At the end of the day, we skied Ptarmigan, and I wasn't scared! So in answer to Manus' question, the instructors who help me finesse my skills, then push my limits when I'm ready are the best.
post #12 of 13
Originally Posted by Lisamarie
I took a lesson with the Master of finesse and perfection Mike _M.
Oh My Gawd!!!
post #13 of 13
It's OK, Mikey; I learned it all from you!
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