Originally Posted by sonja_sonja
I'm a level 6/7 skier, and I want to learn how to ski in moguls. My plan is to start out sideslipping down them ....
Here's the situation: I turn my skis perpendicular to the slope, face down the slope, and try to relax my feet to get my skis off their edges...
On the slipping, if you are truly facing down the hill, you are way too countered. That might be a problem. Try facing only a few degrees more downhill than your skis.
I don't think that side-slip in the bumps is that viable a strategy but slipping excercises outside the bumps can help you get a feel for your edges and that will help you in the bumps.
Now here's a progression:
1. Starting skiing some medium or medium short turns with flat skis, very soft edges; Skid around the entire turn but make sure the turn is round. Think about a car going thru a four-wheel drift in a turn. Practice this for a run or two.
2. Now at the end of your turns, try some diagonal skids across the hill (like a slipping traverse described above). Play with your balance and edges. Try to get a feel for how your edges and balance affect which way you go. Try getting your skidding direction to go mostly across the hill and then try getting it to go mostly down the hill. When you get to the side of the slope, turn and try it on the other side. You are getting a feel for blending edging and balance skills.
3. As you get a feel for your edges, try getting the slip going straight down the fall line. Eventually try this from a dead stop. See spefics from other posts on technique.
4. Once you can do that, throw in some pivots where you swing your tips down the fallline and thru 180* so you end up slipping on the other side. Tips: one side is easier for everyone; don't let if frustrate you that your weaker side is harder. Tip: when you try to pivot slip, if you come out of the slip and go into a turn, your balance is off. Now do consecutive pivot slips. Side slip 10-15' on one side, pivot, side slip on the other side, repeat. Learn the feel of blending your edging and rotary skills.
5. The next thing to try is drifting forward and backward in a side slip. This is called a falling leaf. Start sideslipping and play with your balance. See if you can't drift slighly foward and backward in your sideslip. Practice that for a while; you'll get a feel for blending your edging and balance skills expanding on what you did in step 2. Once you have it, throw in a pivot slip every once in a while to change sides.
6. Now go ski. Start back at step 1 with soft edges and gradually add a bit more edge. Go back and forth. Play with it. Feel how different amount of edging affects your skiing.
All this stuff is all skill building. You won't use these exact moves in the bumps but the skills will help you. Bumps would be another progression.
One thing to keep in mind is the first time you try anything of this, you won't be able to do it 100% correct. You will have to practice and keep trying. Also, don't expect to get the feel for all of this in one hour or two practice session. Go back and practice this stuff every now and then for part of a run.
Another thing to keep in mind is ski instruction via the web is almost worthless. See if you can't get a lesson. Got $ for a private, take one. Even if you get in a group, at level 6/7, you may only have a few students in the class. Think about the responses you got to your question here and tell your instructor what you want to learn. In a group, the instructor has to come up with a topic for the lesson that is suitable for the class. If you mention a topic and everyone else say "I dunno, I just want to learn somethin", you may get exactly what you want even in a group lesson.
-Ken the Kinesthetic Skier