A couple of days after snowfall ski routes get all tracked up and hard. Underneath lurks irregular bumps of all sorts with traverse tracks running across and rocks and stones. When its steep there are other challanges but when it gets more flat I find it hard to find and create momentum for initiating a turn. This is when jumping in the air becomes more difficult but at the same time more crucial. If you are a very advanced skier you dont need to jump up in the air but I like to increase my controll factor by assuring nothing disrupts my float. This is up-unweighting but its not entirely by extending my leggs, Im using small bumps, piles of snow and hill shape (ridge) in combination with precisely timed jumps to get up in the air. Note, the magical secret is not to jump from the ridge of a bump. You should jump at the lowest section between the bumps or before a bump or a pile of snow. If you try to jump from the ridge of a bump you will be too late and the bump in conditions like this will not support your added pressure. In this way you kind of create your own bumps by pushing down in soft snow to get momentum and then you let the skis run up the side of the bump or pile of snow ahead and retract your legs at the same time. Dont link turns. Start every turn independently. Dont jump too early. New for this year was that I started to incorporate pointing the tips of the skis down first after getting up in the air. This was something I picked up from some of the mogul threads here at epic last fall. Makes landing much smoother. In fact, it plays an important part of this demo. Not saying this is the only or the right way, just giving an option that I have made great use of myself. This comes in handy for guys like me that cruice the whole mountain on skinny short SL skis. Feel free to comment or MA.
Edited by tdk6 - Tue, 03 Feb 09 09:14:35 GMT
Edited by tdk6 - Tue, 03 Feb 09 09:15:10 GMT