Dchan, TomB, dewdman42,
Thanks for your responses to my question about the ways in which PSIA folks react to mogul skiers and mogul skiing techniques. I’d have to guess that some combination of all of these things is at work out there.
Thanks for mentioning this erroneous idea that mogul skiing is more about “muscle power” than it is about technique. On my blog (www.mogulskiing.blogspot.com)
, I have a post about three mogul myths, and this is one of those myths… this idea that mogul skiers are just strong, athletic daredevils, but not technically good skiers. (MOGUL MYTH 1)
Good mogul skiing requires good method, good technique, but the techniques are different
from groomed-trail techniques. Were there no method, no technique, to mogul skiing, the best mogul skiers in the world wouldn’t all ski so similarly, nor would they all ski with so much control, efficiency, smoothness, grace and speed.
MOGUL MYTH 2
I’d like to point to a second myth that I see cropping up in this thread: this notion that mogul skiing is especially bad for the knees and back. When mogul skiing is done well, it is no more bad for the knees and back than taking a jog on a paved road. It is bad mogul technique that is bad for the knees and back.
With proper absorption and extension, and proper upper-body posture, you all but remove the jarring effects of the sport.
I’m 40 and I’ve been skiing bumps for more than 30 years. I’ve had no serious knee or back injuries, and a recent X-Ray of my knees revealed big, healthy spaces between my leg bones (nice, thick, solid layers of cartilage). Alpine racers have just as many knee blow-outs as mogul skiers. I’ve even heard of one orthopedist near my area who says she sees more
knee problems in alpine racers than in mogul skiers. She believes mogul skiing actually conditions the knee for greater lateral stability.
This notion that good mogul skiers all end up limping through middle and old age is, you need to understand, a bunch of bologna
. The friend with whom I started competing in moguls years ago is 44 today and he’s an excellent windsurfer, water skier and – get this – a masters racer! He won the masters slalom race in December at Killington this season, which speaks not only to the health of his knees and back, but also to the fact that mogul skiers are often good all-around skiers.
Other old bumpers I know are still skiing bumps, and they’re enjoying all sorts of sports; they are active athletic people, as free of injuries as any other active, athletic people I know.
Of course, there are other mogul skiing myths doing harm to the sport, but these are the two I’m seeing here, so I wanted to point them out.About pivot slips, skis and tuning…
Yes, very shaped skis are not ideal for moguls because they want so badly to hook up and carve. Mogul skis, which have remained strait for the most part, are built for, among other things, quick and easy rotary-powered turns (and then a firm edge-set at the bump, too). Detuning a shaped ski might make it easier to pivot; I don’t mess too much with very shaped skis, though, so I don’t know for sure.
There are all-mountain skis out there that are not extremely shaped and are decent in the bumps. If you want the very best tool for the job, that would be a mogul ski. But I know plenty of good bump skiers who rip it up on shaped skis.
By the way, my book includes a lot of information about the mogul skier’s equipment: skis, poles, bindings, et cetera.