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I did at once-a-week locals clinic Taos a few seasons ago. The guy who led our group, Jeff Mugelston, is now the Ski School Director at Taos. He's one of the best bump skiers I've ever seen--one of the best skiers, period. He's one of those guys who's so good that he's easy to overlook on the hill because he's never doing anything flashy.

We spent a lot of time in steep, irregular bumps, which are everywhere at Taos. One of the exercises we did was to try to make two, and sometimes three, turns on every mogul and not worry about where we were turning. I think it was mostly an exercise to force us to pivot and ski on a flat ski since that was the only reasonable way to crank off multiple turns on a single bump.

During one of these sessions, I asked Jeff where he felt it when he was skiing the bumps other words, what part of his body was doing most of the work. He said that is was mostly the core body -- the abs and back.

One of the techniques that Jeff used was something that he called a modified slow-dog noodle. Iif you paid attention to freestyle skiing in the 70s (assuming you were alive in the 70s), you know what a slow-dog noodle is. It sort of involves getting intentionally in the back seat so you can pivot your skis around easily Jeff never really got in the back seat, but he always got just to the a place where he could pivot the skis really easily and then bring his center of mass forward to face the next turn. It was an incredibly effective technique for mastering difficult terrain. But that technique requires core body strength. You can catch a couple of glimpes of the technique in this short promotional video from Taos. (Jeff is the skier in the opening sequence in the video and is also shown in the third sequence, from behind, skiing some tight trees.)

I think that because the stomach and abdomen is a part of our body that we instinctively protect and, for me at least, contains the muscles that have always been the hardest to strengthen and keep strong, effective bump sking has always been the hardest skill to master. I tend to fold up in the bumps when the going gets rough, and when I do, it's invariably because I don't trust my abs and back to pull me through the turn.

All this by way of saying that one of the things I do to help me ski the bumps effectively is a lot of core-body strengthehing exercises.

In addition to the above link, you may want to check out the mini-instructional videos at the Taos ski school page ( There are a few good tips sprinkled in the mix.
post #32 of 37
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Whew! It's a good thing I work right next to the YMCA and go several times a week during my lunch hour to work out with the Cybex weight systems. It can't hurt!
post #33 of 37
>>>Thanks Everybody! I appreciate all the input. Maybe I'm just trying to "overanalyze" it. It wouldn't be the FIRST time I've been accused of that!<<<<

Methinks the lady needs some Jaegermeister...

post #34 of 37
Originally Posted by Ott Gangl
>>>Thanks Everybody! I appreciate all the input. Maybe I'm just trying to "overanalyze" it. It wouldn't be the FIRST time I've been accused of that!<<<<

Methinks the lady needs some Jaegermeister...

Yep! The magic mogul potion!
post #35 of 37
I find Maisel or a Kafi Lutz work well .... in fact they work so well for all my skiing that the instructors think I should take my "coffee breaks" about 10 minutes before my lessons
post #36 of 37
your $54 instructor was right. If you are looking for absolutes in skiing, go back to level 1. Don't lean backwards...
there is no 'way" to ski moguls. You need to have good, solid skills and control first. you can't jump that step. then you learn to control your skis so that you can steer, and manage pressure.
With absolute rules, what happens when a rogue mogul pops up? there are lots of those. You can't ski them as though they are all the same, because they are not.

I actually find it very depressing to think that when an instructor gives you a plain, honest answer, you want them to blow smoke up your clacker. is that what you REALLY want?! should we just flatter you?
post #37 of 37
Ant- How did you get to the past from the future? Eerie.
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