Kook, you did not correct my earlier statement so I will assume that to mean I was correct in stating that you feel we can somehow soak up the speed, absorb speed...with our legs. Is that correct?
If that is correctly stating your opinion, then can you please try to explain how that works,
If a skier doesn't "soak" up speed (energy) with their legs, then may I ask how it is reduced? Maybe using their hands???
It should be more than obvious to anyone that almost ALL skiers use their legs to reduce/ absorb energy or everyone would be shushing the slopes at the max speed. How would any skier reduce speed (energy) without scraping the snow without turning UP the hill?
Let me explain it more simply.
When a skier gets the skis on edge across the fall line, the edges can scrape or brush the snow, the LEGS push against the snow and move it. This slows the skier down, reducing speed (energy)
This is why it is key to extend into the turn finish as they hit the bump, passive avalement?, as the edges dig into the rising face of the bump with more force or edge holding ability than while descending down the much steeper rut sidewall.
Those that claim a mogul skier can gain speed control by actively flexing BEFORE they contact the bump will either not gain enough speed control, they are skiing relatively low angle bumps or are using the pivot/skid and skiing very slowly down the zipper.
Edited by Nailbender - 5/7/15 at 9:32pm