Originally Posted by Coach13
The comment that really got my attention in the book was that the firm edge set on the front of the bump "occurs almost naturally", as a result of the low angles necessary because on the front of the bump the slope is rising to the skier. I think from this we can infer that on the back side of the bump, with the slope falling away, that an equal edge set would require greater edge angles and effort on the part of the skier due to the slope falling away at that point on a bump.
That's exactly backwards. How could a low edge angle promote a firm edge set? And conversely, how do high edge angles on the back of the bump require greater effort to achieve?
I agree that both low edge angles on the front and high edge angles on the back are naturally occuring, but I think this plays to our benefit. If I use the naturally occuring high edge angles on the back, I can use that for speed control. Low edge angles don't control speed nearly as well as high edge angles. What makes using the high edge angles on the back of the bump hard, is that it takes a lot of A/E effort to have enough edge pressure
on the back of the bump to use the high edge angles to your advantage. If you don't do enough A/E, you are so light on your edges on the back of the bump, that no matter what you do, you can't gain any speed or direction control. Then you end up going straight down the fall line, accelerating, and slam into the front of the next bump.
I'm not sure how using your edges on the back of the bumps would disrupt your flowing balance, as it promotes better speed consistancy and less abrupt jarring when you hit the front of the bumps. The issue might be that you are trying to get such a hard edge set that your skis stop skidding sideways. I'm not saying that you should do that. I'm saying that you should have enough edge angle and pressure that you can create a firmly skidded turn, that is enough to control your speed and direction.
Somewhere, I have some video of me skiing bumps on Bold Decision from a couple years ago. I might even have it on my computer if I had captured it after my reformatting of my hard drive. If not, I'll need to re-capture it and try to put it up on one of the video hosting sites. But it could be a while until I can get a chance to do that.