Originally Posted by pattongb
I consider myself a 'almost' expert. I can ski steeps, trees (on intermediate vertical), pretty much anything but steep bumps.
Ive just never been able to figure out the technique nor how to pick the proper line.
Being a good skier already, would I be able to pick those things up with one lesson from an advanced instructor??
If not how many do you think I would need? Im trying to plan ahead for my vacation next year and am thinking about how many lesson I might need.
As with most questions the answer depends on the information You've given and what you really want to accomplish. How steep is steep? How big are these bumps. How do you want to ski them? (Fall line? Slow line? Fast? Cruise? Wander in the field? all of the above?) Best to tell me what you already know and are you working on some pre-conceived notions. Bumps are no different than the groomed! If your turns are suspect on the groomed then they will be more suspect on the uneven terrain. That's all bumps are, uneven terrain.
If you were walking down a hill in the summer time and you encounter a rock, how would you get over it or around it? You already know how to walk let your make a tactical decision on how to get you around the obstical. Uneven terrain requires tactics(you already told me you have technique). Tactical adjustments in whatever technique you already have. Watch some kid in a wedge maneuver big bumps. They just take what they have and adjust it to the situation. It's not HOW to turn, it's when and where. You already know how to turn, adjust for the terrain. If you don't already understand the concept of using the SHAPE of the turn to control your speed, then the uneven terrain will get you. Why can't we do it all the time? Simple, we get our of balance. When your out of balance the only thing that your brain says is "Hey, Don't fall down" and now your in recovery mode.
If your concentrating on flexsion and extension and all that technical stuff and not letting your body react naturally to what it is experiencing you will get locked up in the technique and forget to ski it.
Good eneven terrain skiers make it look easy because it is. They let what they know take them from turn to turn and keeep skiing. If they get out of balance in one spot or another, they move on to the next turn and get it back.
Control the speed by the shape of the turn and you will find yourself enjoying the uneven terrain like a mountain biker loves a rollercoaster hill!
That is where a good instructor can help. He/she can spot where your balance problelms and speed control errors are in your technique and give you exercises, drills to improve your stance and balance on uneven terrain. Almost all world cup skiers spend a portion of their training day working on stance and balance drills. It is the racer who can hold the fastest line on the course(read, stance and balanced at speed) that wins that day.