Originally Posted by coloradoteleskier
Thank you very much for great input. I am on alpine gear. Let me be more specific on my hooking problem. Whenever I try to make a turn in mogul trough, my uphill ski's inside edge(tail) hooks. I might be hooking the side of the mogul with my ski tail. What causes this tail hooking as I try to turn in trough????? More or less tipping with the uphill ski, more flattening, or too much upper body angulation? Any, any thought would be wonderful.
It can be tough to turn in the trough, so I am not surprised your tails are hanging up. Try this: ski up onto the backside of the mogul just a bit, which gets your tips and tails up out of the trough, and then spin your skis around. Then, drive the tips down into the trough as you follow through with a turn. Though brief, your tips and tails should be almost free of the snow as you ride up the back of the bump and spin, which makes for some very quick and hook-free turns.
In general, I think it's important to visualize near-constant contact between the snow and your skis when in moguls, using leg retraction and extension to manage the skis in the undulating terrain. If there is one instant where that near-constant contact comes to a minimum, it's that moment when you ride up the back of the bump and only the middle of the ski is touching the snow. But that's what makes it so easy to spin the skis without anything hooking or hanging up. Retract your legs as you ride up the bump, spin the skis, then drive down into the turn with a leg extension.
If your tails are still dragging when turning on the back of the bump, then it means you're in the backseat and you need to get weight forward. Part of the bump turn is also a blocking/braking on the back of the bump which will help you tip weight forward (it can be as minor as a cue -- not necessarily weight shifting).
There are a lot of ways to ski bumps, and I am only describing one that works for me (though I have yet to really nail it 100% of the time).