To preface my earlier statements a little more, let me start by saying that I have no formal training in bumps (or any skiing for that matter, except for a lesson on my first day ever when I was 5 or 6), and that I've learned by just practice, practice, practice, and watching skiers who were much, much better than me. This background helped me hold my own on the Eastern USSA Level A comp. circuit for a while (10 years ago), but it's a rare instance when I try to break down and analyze bump skiing in this manner or at this level...normally I just push off once or twice, get my hands up, and go. I find that the more thought and analysis I put into things while at speed in the bumps generally screws things up, so I turn the mind off and just have fun.
That being said....
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.
Growing up in the east (I'm on the west coat now), I've certainly skied my share of glare, ice bumps...unfortunately that's about all I can remember skiing anyway! But I don't think I can agree with you when you say,
"There is no edge set worth a damn and poles only glance off. I have largely ditched my poles for skiing bumps now."
Poles: Sure they only glance off, but what else are they suppossed to do? The longer your pole is planted in the snow, the more the likelihood that your going to ski past it, which will pull you into the backseat. Pole plants should only be flicks of the wrist and taps, rather than "plants".
I can't imagine ditching my poles in bumps (or anywhere for that matter) Actually let me clarify that...I mean yes, of course it can be done, but aside from performing a balance drill or something, why?
Edge set: Edges can indeed be set, albeit very carefully of course, and they need to be released very quickly. Practicing turning and getting your edges into & then releasing while skiing glare ice bumps is some of the best training a bump skier can do IMO.
|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.
ok, so you made your point (twice) that you can ski tight, nasty ice bumps on one foot, with no poles, in a 184 length Atomic, and telemark. If you said that you could do it on something longer than a 184, well then, that might be something.
These nasty, ice bumps can be skied just as fast as softer bumps too with practice. Rather than patience and slow-motion movements...I believe the key is balance. There are no slow-motion movements in fast, dynamic mogul skiing....stay properly balanced though and the entire world will open up to you. The paradox is of course that these ice bumps are where you need balance the most, and if one doesn't have it yet, they can also be the best place to learn.
I think we're just coming at this from opposite ends of the spectrum here. I'm thinking of skiing bumps from a more competitive high-speed level where poles, edge-sets, (and fast turn initiation like you said), bindings set relatively high (once you reach a certain level) are all necessary.[ September 04, 2003, 09:26 AM: Message edited by: Tyrone Shoelaces ]