Originally Posted by moguljunkie
This is my first time seeing myself in the bumps, so I've learned a lot by watching it. Will reserve my own comments to give others the chance to assess my skiing first.
My objective in the bumps: ski as aggressively as possible while minimizing wear and tear on my body.
Please forgive the "jump" in the middle. It was my first time on a competition course, and I wanted to assess the jump first. I think I may even be waving my arms a little bit, expecting big air.
Well Adam your second sentence is an oxymoron in bumps. Which do you want, agressive mogul skiing or low wear and tear on your body? Choose wisely.
Competative mogul runs are different than natural bumps and much tougher to do with style and speed. You make the run look fairly easy and that is not easy to do. I do not think you are seriously in the back seat when the idea of competitive bumps are taken into account. You are skiing them in a very traditional fashion and doing an admirable job. You appear to have contorl of the throttle. That would easily pass a PSIA level III bump test.
I use to be able to do that stuff with big air but it does take its toll on the body. I am not as flexible and have joint problems associated with skiing zipperline moguls for too many years. That said, other bears will verify that I am still totally addicted to moguls to this day but cannot take a beating while skiing them.
I could pick it apart but I suspect you don't get many days on snow per year and days on snow per year is what you need to smooth things out. If I have any advice for you its go to the corduroy and really work on a short round turn. You will be surprised with the results. That will do a lot to take the place of time on snow.
When you are ready I will come and ski with you. I still basically ski in the zipperline corridor but I have learned a different method now at 50 years old that is torture free. You ski bumps well enough that I will totally enjoy pounding your tail into the snow at speed on telemark gear if you ski them as aggressively as you are skiing bumps in the video. Incidently I get tired if the bumps are slow so I prefer bumps to be rock hard and vary constantly.
I propose that someone find some decent bumps (read huge icy Volkswagons) near the end of February and the bears have a first ever bump fest. I will share my secrets in order to get you to ski the bumps longer. I have not sense of when to knock off skiing them.