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Ski Partners:

They are my daughter and a man that got me back into skiing over 26 years ago. I have countless stories I can recall when skiing with both of these people.


Her skiing background was she started skiing at age four. At age eight I put her in Whiteface Mountain’s Racing Program and she trained and raced for 10 years for the Lake Placid Ski team. This story begins more than a dozen years after her racing days.

As a racer she had said, "when you learn to turn your skis on a race course (often icy) you can turn your skis anywhere." Yet she wasn’t much of a bump skier. Her racing training had her spending most of her time on racecourses and not in bumps.

Although she doesn’t ski much any more because of where she lives she still misses Whiteface and does come to ski with me occasionally. We were skiing together a couple of years ago and went to Whiteface’s Wilderness Trail. This is the trail Whiteface uses for it’ annual World Cup Bump competition. The bumps were there after the competition and were open to the general public. I started to ski them and my daughter followed. I stopped to see how she was doing. Normally she lets me start first and than passes me on the way down. The only time I beat her down the mountain is when I am willing to ski with my heart in my throat and pray I make it to the end of the run. She hadn’t past me so I stopped to she what was happening. She was having her problems and falling or stopping repeatedly. I waited for her to reach me and gave her a few points that I though would help her bump skiing.

  1. Try to keep weight on both skis, i.e. (ski two footed).
  2. Push your uphill ski forward at the start of the turn.
  3. Ski the tops of the bumps and relax your legs as they come up on the bump.
  4. Turn your skies at the top of the bump and check you speed on the down side.
I stood watching to see if she could execute these tips. She skied half of the bumps perfectly using these tips than she dropped into the zipper and finished the run in the troughs. I stood there watching with my mouth open. How could she do that on the first try with just a few pointers? I have worked for years at this and still can not ski the zipper on Wilderness or ski the trail nonstop (no matter what).

The moral of this story is start your kids skiing young and if possible get them into a racing program.

Forgive me reminiscing,