Originally Posted by Lars
What is the best advice you could give to someone who wants to improve their mogul experience.
(This person can link three or four turns at a time but stops every so often because they get out of rythem and get going too fast)
therusty, WTF is a magic bullet?
A magic bullet is one that hits the target 100% of the time, regardless of the skill of the shooter.
Let's look at some candidates for magic bullet advice that will solve this hypothetical skier's problem:
get your feet closer together
get your feet farther apart
take a different line - cross the ruts
take a different line - carve the tops
take a different line - bail out lane change
take a different line - ski the outsides of the ruts
take a different line - do a pivot check on the face of the bumps
take a different line - angle to make a flatter effective pitch
take a different line - ski the edges of the mogul field
take an extra turn - chop a bump a in half
finish your turns - get the skis more across the fall line
get shorter skis
use shorter poles
pole touch on the front face of the bumps
pole touch on the tops of the bumps
pole touch on the back of the bumps
ski the bumps without poles
press the tips back onto the snow on the backsides of the bumps
white pass turns
tune your skis
get custom footbeds
get new boots
master short radius turns on groomers
develop quick feet - hop drills in the gym
leg press 500 lbs
get a ski exercise machine
follow the leader
learn to read the terrain
watch the mogul logic video
buy Dan's book
read every mogul post on Epic
take a lesson
and so on and on and on. It's all good advice. How do we choose which one is best?
the one that makes the most improvement?
the one that is the cheapest?
the one that works the fastest?
the one that is the safest?
the one that has the highest likelihood of working eventually?
the one that helps the most people with the same problem description?
the one that works regardless of terrain or conditions?
Before I learned to teach skiing, I used to help out a lot of people who were stuck in the bumps. I started helping because I was embarassed at people swearing as I skied by. All I did was share what I knew. I had good success. I've since learned how to get even greater success. I've tried to explain that one of the fundamental reasons for that increased success is teaching to individual needs versus solving general problems. And I've tried to identify some common ground between our belief systems.
Oops - I see I've struck a nerve. Wow. Sorry. You're absolutely right. There are tons of better skiers than me. There are tons of better teachers. I was just trying to help. If you can ski, get out there and teach. You can have my spot. I'll be glad to retire.