Originally Posted by gehoff
that are made when people hop their tails around to intiate the turn, and then skid down the back of the mogul? How do you ski them if you are not a tail hopper - which I cannot seem to do? I ran into some of these moguls today and for the life of me, I could not ski more than a few of them without serious speed control problems. The moguls in question had an impossibly short turn radius and a very sharp dropoff down the back of them.
Ahhh some of my favorite bumps. Actually all bumps are my favorite bumps. I have yet to meet one that I did not like. This type of bump presents the biggest challenge and mind game available in bumps. Especially when they are solid ice and get to be the size of Volkswagons with a 8 foot drop behind them.
Answer, ski the bump corridor in an offensive (Slow line fast) mode rather than a defensive (fast line slow) mode. That does not mean ski around the bumps as you will encounter the steep backsides doing this. It means ski within the zipper corridor with a much more controlled rounder line.
Key number 1. Slow your feet down and turn the top of the turn much more slowly. The steep backside is angled uphill and terminates in the bump above and to the side. Get your ski tips aiming for that uphill terminus where the cliff isn't. When you go across that uphill terminus the tips and tail are usually off the snow. Give a large forward movement at this point with the hips and guide the tips around the banked portion of the mogul opposite the steep face. Keep your turn round and guide the tips right around to the next terminus. You never drop into the rut. It requires a fair amount of sinking in the hips when approaching the terminus and a fair amount of forward movement without up at the terminus.
Key number 2. Face down the hill but not as countered as traditional bump skiing. Wait for the pole touch and touch the pole a bit further across the fall line than traditional zipperline. The pole is still levered down hill. This encourages a turn finish instead of a hockey slop.
Key number 3 Patience, Patience, Patience. The tendancy is to rush the turn entry. Its hard for me to have the patience to let the turn develop in bumps like these. Rushing the turn entry guarantees a slam dunk ride.
With these three things a comfortable low impact ride can be achieved. I do it all the time.
Now I realize this is clear as mud and a picture is worth a thousand words.