Originally Posted by iskitoofast4u
Interesting comments, guys. Pierre, aside from the obvious reasons you don't teach this (the pounding it delivers, I would assume), are there any others? Isn't this the fastest way down a bump field? The skier in this commercial is a friend of mine, and we've been having a spirited debate over bump skiing technique as well as the question "are bump skiers the best overall skiers on the mountain" the past few days...I'm hoping you guys can shed some light on the topic.
The pounding that rules driven mogul skiing delivers is the very reason I do not teach it. Can I ski it, yes but not for more that 8 little ones before I need some major pain pills.
This is not the fastest way down the bump field. GS turns in the bumps is the fastest way down. You can swallow up whole mogul fields in a few turns at very high speeds. This technique runs a close second.
Speaking from first hand experience both as mostly a bump skier and now as an all around skier I have some light to shed on this. Bumps skiers generally have the best balance and best developed upper and lower body separation on the mountain. They need it to counteract all the crappy edging and pivoting they are doing with their feet. Bump skiers also generally have the best agility so they can ski cut up snow or tight conditions better than most skiers.
Bump skiers get the impression that they are the best on the mountain because they almost never ski out of their element. They stay in bumps or tight crappy conditions like trees with stumps, rocks and moguls. Since most other skiers avoid these conditions they get the impression they are the best.
If we take said mogul skier out of the bumps and put them on an icy green wide open run they are lost. If we put them in the gates they are lost. If we put them in powder they are lost. If we put them in breakable crust they are lost. In fact, if we put them on most groomers they are lost. How can they be the best overall if they hack ski most of the mountain. This is speaking from experience and its my opinion so take it at that. I have been on both sides of the fence.
One needs to keep in mind that those mogul skiers you see standing on the podium with medals around their necks are generally good skiers everywhere on the mountain. That is why they are standing on the podium. The have versatility other mogul skiers just don't have. I took your question to mean bump skiers in general not these elite atheletes.