I also posted this on mogulskiing.net
I started skiing in the 70's when I was a teen. We all learned to ski using the same techniques used in the Mogul Logic video (although none of us had any idea about that technique) mostly to ski with a very tight parallel style. I could ski almost anything at that point of my life (I was young!). I never took any lessons.
Then I stopped skiing for about 25 years picking it back up 2 years ago. Last year I decided that skiing moguls was the ultimate challenge for me so I hired an instructor for about 7 days over the past two years at Vail. It was the same guy. Since I knew nothing about what techniques were being used, I trusted everything he told me. Now that I have been hanging around here, I realize that what he was teaching me was GS style skiing with a wide stance and alot of upper body movement. I became very good at GS though, but was very frustrated with moguls.
Now enter Mogul Logic. I watched the video endlessly. I have it memorized. I visualized myself doing the same technique as Chuck Martin. It seemed very easy! I was so wrong!!! The first mogul run I attempted was a complete disaster!! By the third day, I could get down the mogul field but not with the technique that ML teaches. I just couldn't get the rhythm or balance thing down. Here are some concerns I have, and I'm hoping you can help me fix this.
1. A&E is so hard to focus on. I can do it for one or maybe two bumps but I always lose my line and then my balance. I'm sure I get pushed into the back seat going up the bump. Is the any exercise to help me stay forward? I tried just skiing staight across the fall line only concentrating on A&E and then I was fine but as soon as I tried to incorporate turning, I lost any balance I had.
2. In the video, Chuck seems to ski right over the tops of the mogul but I find it easier to ski off the sides, is this wrong?
3. The mogul field where I was practicing is on an intermediate slope and so alot of "learners" are there which made the moguls look more like very elongated diamonds with a sharp crest running down the fall line. Could this be the reason I had so much trouble?
4. I'll be in Vail next month. Does anyone know of an intermediate mogul run where I can learn without the fear of getting hurt?
5. Any last words of wisdom???
Thanks for reading and having such an awesome site. There was only one guy last weekend skiing the mogul field using the ML technique and he looked awesome. It looked so easy and flowing, almost like ballet. That's what I want.