Originally Posted by Ghost
I don't need no schtinking pole plants...
Neither do I ... I need Good
... and I find there's no 'right' pole plant in my skiing as it pretty much depends on what I'm doing and how I'm doing it. Mulling over my bump skiing I can think of several specific pole-plant patterns that show up.
1) For Short Swing or Braking turns (with a sharp, decelerating edge-set) I poke the pole in where it will assist my upper-body balance, regardless where the bump is.
2) For sharp turns with a late hard edge (Tip-Carve or an attempt to slice a purchase in ice) I plant the pole tip just ahead and to the side of me just after
the edge bites. I basically 'fall' into a relieving
pole plant which is more a 'retraction plant' than a 'blocking' plant.
3) For regular well-rounded (skidded) bump turns I tend to poke the pole tip in just as I do for open-slope skiing - based on edge-change.
4) When doing Slip & Slam bump skiing (still fun!) I find the tip goes in just about when the 'slam' moment occurs, putting it on the top (small bumps) or uphill face (big bumps) due to my range of reach.
5) When short-carving (skarving) bumps I plant just like when open-slope skiing (see above)
For the most part (in all cases above) exactly
where my pole tip hits depends on where I am
where the bump is. If there's an obstacle, hole, sharp wall or other funky terrain feature that might trap the pole-tip or cause it to glance off (like ice) I tend to avoid letting it land quite there.
In each case the pole plant is used to stabilize my upper body and to 'let me gently by' rather than any sort of 'blocking' or 'stopping' pole plant. (I'm starting to call this a Relieving Pole Plant
to distinguish it from a blocking plant or just a pole 'touch'.)