Originally Posted by ssh
Are you skiing feet-together, zipperline style? If so, I'd love to hear more about how this works...
no and sometimes. i have a fairly narrow stance to start with and do think in terms of marginally narrowing my stance. is it plastic to plastic? i sure hope not.
how does it work? i tip them, turn them, push on them and pull on them. i go left and right. my goal is to just keep moving. keep something moving.
that is not intended to be smart alecky or overly simplistic. it is honestly my focus in bumps.
i would say my bump skiing has evolved based upon picking the brains of ladies and gents i work with at winter park. it is biased away from tipping/carving/edge engagement. it evolved from guidance of "the other" bob barnes and a couple of skiers i respect on our staff.
i freely admit it is not mainstream. i do believe that the methodology i employ and teach is the easiest to teach and easiest to ski.
i also scoff at the idea of 50 year olds who claim to ski the zipperline. do i ski bumps well? i think that's an oxymoron for anyone over 50!
i think in terms of a level III pivot slip.............in bumps.
when i here someone talking about being quick "edge to edge" my reaction is why? i do all i can to disengage the edge of the ski. i think it is one of the classic myths in ski teaching.
in teaching i talk about two axis. one i term east-west or across the hill. one i term north-south or down the hill. i want to go downhill. edges make me go east-west or across the hill. i try to minimize going east-west.
good bump skiing is north-south.
the mantra of our ssd vis a vis bump skiing is when in trouble.......skid.
steve, come by the jane and shadow one of my bump lessons. i'll try to turn back the clock and link two or three turns together. any more than that and body parts will fall off.