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I suck at moguls

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First, let me apologize for typos and other errors; I've just had my apres ski pint of beer and since the bottles here are 12 ounces, and as a proper pint is 20 ounces,  I've had to go over it and open two of the  9% alcohol  "Fin  Du Monde" beers from Unibroue breweries. and I don't drink much. RR will understand.


To the point.  I suck at moguls.  Someone has a signature here that says "It's not that you can't ski bumps; it's that you cant ski and bumps prove it." This got me thinking, that I really should learn how to ski and ski in bumps. 


I guess I'm an advanced skier.  I have for many years enjoyed skiing at high speed, making DH and SG turns at 50+ mph.  I didn't have any skill; I just liked skiing fast. I learned quickly to carve cleanly so as not to loose speed.  I always had to explore every run, but bumps were not my thing.  I survived them, enduring a pounding as I quickly altered course to try to minimize the brutal pounding that would inevitably ensue form carving pure arcs through black diamond bumps at high speed on SG skis.  As I got older, this became less enjoyable, and I avoided bumps more and more.  I would ski them once or twice, just to say I had done the run and because I wanted to know what was there, and then stick to my favourite runs that did not pound me quite as bad.


Recently, I've been stuck in Ontario Canada, not the best location to push SG skis to their limits, and about three or four years ago I bought a pair of 165 cm  Fischer WC SC skis.  They have improved my short turns.  At first I could not carve at slow speeds; I was banking all my turns with no counter and only as much angulation as that would allow.  I learned to use counter and angulation and carve tighter and slower speed turns.


I then read up on bump skiing.  It seemed that carving pure arcs was not the way to go in bumps. I tried the pivot and slip type of skiing, but pivoting hurt an old knee injury.  I tried the pmts brushed turns approach, which was easier on my knees.  Finally I said to heck with it I'll just  ski them.


Today I spent the whole afternoon exclusively trying to learn bump skiing.  I went up the lift, and skied directly to the bump run, except avoiding the upper part which was bereft of snow (I still like my bases). 

Here's a couple of pics of the bumps:



These are great learning bumps, in that they are close enough to the bottom that if you mess up you can just straight line them without any harm done.


I happened upon a guy skiing and instructing his companion, who was skiing these bumps beautifully.  He offered the following tip: even though I was skiing without poles (bashed my thumb two weeks ago; it will work again in a month or two), I should ski as if I had poles and keep my hands ahead and down around my waist, a good tip.


The result of spending from 12:00 until the lifts closed at 4:00 skiing this run are that my pure arc turns suffered, and became skidded turns, as I practiced the "brushed" carve on the way to the bumps, and my linked recoveries in the bumps improved.  I still suck at bumps.  I didn't fall, but twice I had to alter my line and take the next zipper line down, and twice I got a little hung up when that was not my intention. 


Anybody got any more good tips?




Edited by Ghost - Sun, 01 Feb 09 23:53:55 GMT

Edited by Ghost - Sun, 01 Feb 09 23:56:20 GMT

Wow counting my edits!  I may even edit again as I sober up!

Edited by Ghost - Mon, 02 Feb 09 00:00:24 GMT
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Mmm, La Fin du Monde! 


(edited to add exclamation point.)


Ghost you can edit out edit notifications. The most recent edit can not be edited out without adding a newer edit, but you can remove the earlier ones.

Edited by telerod15 - Mon, 02 Feb 09 00:18:43 GMT
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post

Mmm, La Fin du Monde! 


(edited to add exclamation point.)


Ghost you can edit out edit notifications. The most recent edit can not be edited out without adding a newer edit, but you can remove the earlier ones.

Edited by telerod15 - Mon, 02 Feb 09 00:18:43 GMT

Thanks; you've just convinced me that I need another bottle.  Cheers!

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Edited by Ghost - Mon, 02 Feb 09 00:21:57 GMT
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Ghost, need video to say anything.  You've already read a hundred posts on this forum with generic advice.


Thumbs Up for giving it a go!


post #5 of 8

That is an excellent choice in beer, and a perfect run to practice your skiing of the bumps on.


Can we get some video?

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I ski alone.  The only reason you got a pic or two of the bumps is I remembered my cell phone was in my jacket pocket and had a camera on it.  My video skills were barely up to the task of taking a still.  If the opportunity presents I will take some video.

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Generic advice:


Extend/push the skis up the bump then flex ("to release") so that the feet will slow down and the upper body will continue overtop.  On the back side, get the body downill and extend so that the shovels make contact and initiate the turn. Then while extending, push the skis up the bump then flex......






The goal is for the flexion not to make the bumps "disappear", but to allow the upper body to cross over and downhill, just like in a normal turn. 


To practice on the flats, ski as tall as you possibly can,  with deep flexion between turns as you cross-over.



post #8 of 8

Oh, so many to choose from. But the best bump-learning tip I ever got was...


Stop looking at the current bump and look ahead to the next one. Just have faith that you're not going to screw up the current manuever and look ahead to the next maneuver.

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