I seldom feel like commenting in the mogul threads anymore as I find myself sounding like a broken record that everyone ignores.
There are some many bad myths out there about mogul skiing and I put the blame squarely on the way that competition mogul skiing is judged. Judging forces a comp skier into an impact situation skiing the fast line fast. When slowed down to skiing the fast line slow the results are defensive and predictable. Bottom line is, if you want to get the livin sht kicked out of you by all mean analyze every move the moguls skiers to in comps. In my opinion the results will be a train wreck about 5 bumps down.
Mogul skiing is nothing special its just damn good short radius turn skiing. I do not know how to put it simpler. Rational people who will tell you on the groomed to have a light pole touch, round turn shape, release the center of mass and edges through the turn transition. Those same skiers will immediately say for moguls to have quick feet, use a blocking pole plant, have your body square to the fall line at all times, open the ankle to reach with the feet and absorb, absorb, absorb. Advocating in essence, linked hocky stops.
Yuck, I am over 50 and ski more or less the zipper line all day long without much impact. Moguls and ice are my favorite terrain.
I say have slow feet so that you round out the top of the turn and gain your speed control there, maintain shin contact with the fronts of the boots (see Bob's animation of backpedalling and you will see the same ankle flex and shin contact throughout), Release the center of mass at the point where impact would occur by drawing the feet back and releasing the outside ski, use a light pole touch and have a normal upper body for a short radius turn so anticipation is built. Much of the need for big itme absorbtion leaves the scene.
Its not rocket science, its just good short turning. I want to see a good short turn with all of these elements in place before I beat someone to death in the bumps.
The photo montage that Bud used here is a prime example of skiing for the judges.http://ourworld.cs.com/BBRNZ/Bumps1.gif
The reaching forward with the feet and big time absorbtion racks up points as well as being necessary because of the speed. Are you this type of athelete? Not me, I will keep my shins in contact with the fronts of my boots.