Tips for skiing in the bumps
Were going to assume a couple of things on getting you to ski bumps and have fun. First is that you are capable of skiing groomed terrain well, in a verity of turns, long carved turns, short steered minimal skidding turns, short turns with consistant skidding throughout the turn, and using your turn shape/style to control your speed. Second, you understood everything I just said. If not, I'll be happy to help there.
Tips to skiing bumps and having fun.
First and foremost is that you have fun and "Ski in control".
How does one ski in control? By being able to stop or turn to avoid people or objects ahead of you. That's an easy definition of control. Now apply that to bumps, when you get going, you need to be able to either pick a line that is free of obstacles, and fly down the hill, but then you just risk injurying yourself. So you want to also be able to control your speed
Speed control allows you to manuever effeciently and effectively. Effeciently allows you to not be worn out midway through the run, unless you're like me smokes two packs a day and 50lbs overweight, while effectively allows you to make turns when and where you want to. Hopefully you are making effecient turns on groomed terrain. Assuming this you'll need to work on how to be able to be effective. To be effective you need to manage your speed.
Speed management is most critical in the finishing shaping and finishing phase of the turn.http://www.yourfilehost.com/media.ph...file=turn1.bmp
During finishing the amount of flexion and extension you use helps you control your speed. By extening your legs, you can pressure the hill and cause more friction, thus slowing you down if you are skidding your turn. If it is a purly carved turn, it will build energy up. Skid your turn through the finishing phase by extending to slow yourself down. Think of driving your skis into the snow, much like when doing a hockey stop, but don't come to stop or do it as fast/rough.
Practice this by doing a falling leaf through the bumps, concentrating on finishing the turn. Remember also that as the ski come more across the hill, it will also help slow you down. Notice the yellow line through the bumps in the follow picture (if it works). It is mostly just the finishing phase of a right turn. Notice that during finishing you are coming to the front of the next mogul, use the generally soft snow at the front of the mogul to help slow yourself down.http://www.yourfilehost.com/media.ph...=finishing.JPG
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Notice I've just added that yellow line to a prevoiusly posted picture. Once you get past multiple bumps, turn and go the other way. Try this a few times. Gradually begin to reduce the number of bumps you travel across the hill. Once you get down to only one bump, you will be skiing the green line. Reduce it a little more and now you are between the green and red, more and then you are skiing the red line.