Getting used to skiing bumps down the fall lineThis is just for beginning bump skiers. This really worked for me. Most of this I figured out by reading the threads here. The bumps here that I am talking about are those that have moderate spacing like one finds on blue and black slopes.
As always start where there are no bumps. Make a hockey stop on a green or blue slope. A hockey stop is just like skaters do. Get up a little speed and come to a stop by skidding to the place that you want to stop. Using counter-rotation, the harder you edge, the faster you will stop. When you do this correctly, you will feel a sense of compression (absorption) as your legs flex. When you come close to stopping, you then have a sensation of rebounding. This is extension as you have slowed down to the point where your legs can push back enough to start straightening you up again. Then let yourself return to an upright position as you come to a dead stop. Most people can do this. Occasionally, they may not stand up completely and fall uphill into the snow with little effect. Usually this is just because one is not concentrating. Rarely will you tip over to the downhill side.
Make sure you can make a good hockey stop. What I did was to adapt this to what I call a hockey stop turn. Again do this on groomed slopes with no bumps. The whole point here is not learning great form. It is to get you comfortable going down the hill. Everything is the same as the hockey stop except that when you start to rebound, you simply start a crossover. These PMTS techniques are described elsewhere and in the LeMaster book, The Skiers Edge. You plant your pole downhill, shift your weight to the uphill ski, and let your upper body rollover the skis rather than stop on top of them. When the skis flatten, you twist the skis towards the downhill and begin the next skid/carve to the next simulated bump doing the hockey stop turn in the other direction. This is a pattern of skid, rebound, plant, and turn down the hill. Once you can do this repeatedly going straight down the hill and after you have played around with a lot of small bumps, you can try skiing down a series of moderate bumps without traversing. As soon as you feel the compression on the front of a mogul followed by the start of rebound, immediately plant and make your turn. It feels just like the hockey stop turn. When I first started this, I once misjudged the turn and felt like I was going to slowly fall down the hill. I just planted my pole and made the turn without any problem. It shouldn’t take long before you will prefer to go on down rather than traverse to another mogul. As some have said on another thread, “The downhill direction is usually safer.”
If you like to carve rather than skid, I found this to help as well. You, of course, want to extend to keep your skis on the snow as you enter the trough. What worked for me is to really press hard on the big toe of the foot that is in the outside ski boot. This presses the ski into the surface while carving and creates more friction and perhaps some turning and slows you down. It also helps to insure that you have your weight forward. This will make you feel more comfortable carving toward the next mogul rather than traversing since you can control your speed. My skiing partner was reluctant about skiing down the expert moguls although she had done quite a bit of it. As soon as I told her how to do this, she began making turns down the hill on almost every mogul she encountered.
After you get this down, you can then work on technique and integrate it into your skiing while going generally down the fall line.