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Carving moguls

post #1 of 4
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Am I the only person who enjoys carving through moguls.

Since discovering this form, I've learned that other people ski moguls differently than I do. I didn't do a whole lot of talking about skiing in the past; I just skied (You are benefitting from years of pent up ski-talk ). When discusing skis or tuning suitable for bumps people point me at skis with no torsional rigidity, skis that are easily overpowered, and skis that skid easily.: The point that "mogul" skiers did it differently was made clear when I followed another skier down the hill and he skied with great style, knees together, skis parallel, and in control, but slowly and without carving any turns.

I learned to carve long ago, in an effort to maintain momentum on runs that simulated downhill and SG race runs. I gradually found my way into skiing in moguls, and have the most fun just carving through them at fairly high speeds. Sometimes I get going too fast and have to abondon my carving and quickly reset both edges in a new direction in midair (works better with new 170 cm skis than old 208 SG skis), and once in a great while I needed to slip a tail edge (not on the new short radius skis) on the back side of a bump to maintain progress in my desired line. However I still prefer to CARVE my way through them. My favourite game to play is to try and go as fast as I can through a mogul field without getting tripped up and having to "cheat" by skidding or resetting my edges in midair, or brake (I"ve occoasionally bashed my way through three bumps full on the brakes, but haven't bent any metal skis yet). It takes me a warm up run or two to get used to the conditions before I can play this game.

Anybody else play this game? Any other games?
post #2 of 4
I use to play the game of high speed anything through bumps but the calendar has run out on me. Its amazing that there is a certain speed you can hit where the ride is not to bad. Slow down and the ride is much worse or speed up and the ride is much worse. There is also a point where the bump size, shape or steepness just exceed your ability to absorb them. I usually found out to late.
post #3 of 4
Good 4U Ghost!

I set slalom gates down steep bump runs for racers to train in. Great for balance and agility.

In my younger days my bump skiing consisted of launching from one bump, flying over the next 2 or three bumps, then landing on the back side of one and immediately launching again. I'd continue this for the entire run, spending very little time on the ground. Very fun.
post #4 of 4
When racing in Europe I participated in many a competition in which the slope was left ungroomed and moguled for the race, DH's included. You better believe we were still carving.
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