Three things kill a skier in bumps--
--Sitting back on their heels
--Rotating the outside of the body toward the hill
--Leaning back toward the hill for that false sense of security.
1--Learn to absorb. Learn to bring your knees up to your chest as your feet go up an incline (bump crest, groomer ridge in the snow, washboard trail, etc), and as you go down the other side simultaneously extend and pull both feet back strongly. Rule of thumb--if your ski tips aren't on the snow (and with forward pressure), you have no chance of control. As you reach the crest of a bump, absorb deeply to control the shock, then as you slide over the crest extend with both feet close and strongly pulled back behind your hips to get those ski tips working on the snow.
2--Learn to ski across the back of the bump just like it was any other steep surface (and some can't be skied across, so don't get into those in the first place). Control your speed by the angle you go downhill. I use a carving motion, but let the edges slip to scrub speed off. I tip my inside foot to angle and tip more and tip more as I ski across that bump.
3--Keep your head and shoulders downhill while you keep your hips toward uphill and across your skis for balance. Smooth balance, not with the butt pushed out.
4--Keep your inside arm and shoulder forward and high, high!
5--Keep your outside arm and shoulder low and back. So far back that the pole is ready to plant before your skis reach the fall line, and the pole never passes the fall line even after your skis have passed. You're ready to turn again on any bump that looks good to you.
6--Keep your vision on the next bump or maybe the one after that. Turn on any that looks good to turn on.
Practice on steep groomers. Develop a bullet-proof short turn. You need this before you'll do well in bumps. Get rid of that inside ski pick-up on the steep groomers before you take it into the bumps. For you, drill with equal weight on both feet, then when you're able to make very short radius turns equally weighted, begin lightening the inside foot, but never get to the point where the inside foot is off the snow (that's another drill, but not for you).
|waitaminute. I thought tipping the ski was the problem ... hmm, conflicting advice again! Confused
It's all about how to tip and when to tip.