|Your X-Screams with their wider tip & more generous sidecut are going to want to keep pulling you out of the falline and resist those quick, sharp, dynamic edge sets, which are mandatory in fast fall-line bump skiing.
|When I want to ski bumps fast and down the falline, I reach for a pair of old-school SL's or my traditional bump ski and go with a traditional fall-line mogul skiing technique. However, when I come across a bump line on a pair of fatties (or any ski with more girth than a bump ski really & not necessarily "fat"), I'll just change my technique a little. Widening your feet a bit and getting into a more neutral stance (but don't lean back!) as opposed to constantly feeling boot pressure on your shins as if you were on your 3S's may help.
And of course, always, always, always keep your hands in front, driving forward, and ready for that next pole plant. And always push those tips down the backside of the next bump to maintain that ski/snow contact.
Tyrone, I have a hard time disagreeing with you because you use the word "fast". There is a point in falline mogul skiing where the speed exceeds the gravity aspect so to speak and the skis become light and catch air in bumps. That is the point that the straight skis shine. Fast is a relative term as fast in bumps in not the same as fast on groomed.
For mortal skiers competition mogul skiing does not transfer well like slalom and GS racing do because of this exceed gravity aspect. Its a physical impossibilty for most folks. This brings up something you said in the second quote.
"I'll change my technique a little. windening your feet a bit and getting into a more neutral stance".
This advice is exactly right but it applies to more than just shape skis. It applies to mear mortals skiing bumps at less than air speed regardless of the skis or falline aspect.
Let me add to this last sentence you wrote. Add to the widened stance the fact that quick dynamic edge sets and poles are not necessary even for "slow falline skiing".
I am close to finalizing, in my opinion, what is necessary to ski bumps well for the average skier. I would like to publish this but I must be certain. This is what I have discovered.
Are quick edge sets necessary for falline bump skiing and are pole plants necessary? Through skiing irregular bumps that are solid unadultered glare ice after a freezing rain I have found out the only effective speed control is the rate at which you inititate the turns. There is no edge set worth a damn and poles only glance off. I have largely ditched my poles for skiing bumps now.
Is real good two footed wide stance technique necessary? I do not think that is the key either. I can ski those nasty ice bumps on one foot without the use of poles. Again the only key is how fast the turns are inititated (patience and slow motion movements).
Is equipment all that essential, do you need stiff boots or your bindings set high. Again I don't think this is the case. I can ski those tight ice bumps on one foot on Atomic 10 ex in a 184 length in a telemark set up without poles.
Is athleticism necessary. Again I am 48 years old, 5'9" and weight in at 210 lbs. Hardly athletic anymore. My energy was zippo at ESA 1.
In every case the only constant was patience and the speed at which I initiated my turns. [img]smile.gif[/img][ September 04, 2003, 04:43 AM: Message edited by: Pierre ]