Where: Mary Jane, CO
What: Mogullogic.com Bump Camp
Yeah, so two years ago I sent out word (via a different internet gathering spot for skiers) that I would be at Mary Jane and would like to ski with anyone who was interested. I got one response and that dude changed my bump skiing forever.
As a long time MJ skier I had seen these peeps on several occasions. They ski with a distinctive style, they are compact with their heads up and their hands well out in front. Their line is so directly down the fall line that sometimes it looks like they're not turning at all. I always marvelled at the way these uber skiers attacked their lines, then I quickly dismissed the possibility that I had any chance to be one of them. They must be competitive bumpers, Olympic hopefuls fine tuning their craft or ex-World Cuppers reliving the glory days.
I met Bruno at the base of the Super Guage and on the ride up I was introduced to an open, intelligent, eriudite individual. I knew before we hit the snow that this would be fun. When we skied Phantom Bridge I realized that this guy who was a bit older than me and a bit taller than me (I'm 6'3" and had been told that I'm too big to be a really good bump skier) was one of those uber skiers that I had seen around.
On the next lift ride he told me about Chuck Martin's Mogullogic camps and ten months later I was a student at my first mogullogic class. Body position was heavily stressed. Knees and ankles deeply flexed, heavy shin pressure, elbows in front of spine, hands well in front of body, pointer finger inside of elbows, hips and shoulders parallel, facing down the fall line and stacked over the downhill foot, constant side to side knee roll, feet pulled back under body at top of bump, muscle tension in legs released as ski tips initially come into contact with bump, heels to butt as bump is absorbed, tips pushed forcefully down the back of bump.
Yeah, a lot for a neophyte to assimilate. I didn't feel like I was nailing it but felt like I was making progress. The video analysis session at the end of the first day was absolutely the worst moment in my skiing career. Video doesn't lie and I saw myself very upright, hands low and by my sides, very little absorption/extension. Yeah, I looked awful and felt worse as I saw it for the first time. It was the worst moment and at the same time it was clear to me for the first time exactly how far I had to go.
Still a long way away from where I want to be, I've come a long way in the year between last year's camp and this year's. At the end of this year's camp one student told me I was the most improved skier of the weekend. Wooohooo!
Here's Anne Battelle and Chuck Martin, two of our three coaches for the weekend.
Here's a vid by friend and fellow Koolaid drinker Jeff Lind:
In conclusion I'd just like to say that I learned a ton and had a fantastic time at this camp. If you have any interest at all in learning World Cup bump technique I would highly recommend this camp not matter what your current skiing proficiency is. If you think WC bump tech is for young bucks, the super talented and future knee replacement canditates, please think again.
Oh, and thanks to Jeff for providing the real meat of this TRThumbs Up