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post #1 of 6
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After finishing my second season of skiing, I find myself confident on all blues and groomed blacks. My main goal this season was to improve my shorter turns and get comfortable on steeper terrain. Through a combination of instruction and mileage, I have been very happy with my progress! I ventured out to some mogul runs during a trip to Keystone and of course I felt like a beginner all over again (though I enjoyed the challenge).

As I fantasize about next season, what should I concentrate on? Would it be crazy for me to try to develop my bump skiing or should I concentrate on solidifying my recently won skills on cruising terrain? I know they are not necessarily mutually exclusive, but I guess I am wondering whether trying to learn bump skiing too soon could develop general bad habits that I will regret later.
post #2 of 6
The two tasks are not mutually exclusive. The skills that you need to ski in bumps are the same as those needed in any other terrain.

I would suggest you find a good teacher and make certain you are ingraining habits that will bode well for the future.

Good luck!
post #3 of 6
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SCSA - I read both HH and Lito's books last summer and incorporated some of those ideas into what I was working on this past season. I also took some lessons during the year to get a professional eye on things. I agree that it is easy to fall back into old bad habits, especially on more challenging terrain. Of course I'll continue working on the basics ("primary movements" or whatever you might call it). I've just got the itch to push myself a bit -- I just don't want that urge to mess up the skills I have so recently won.
post #4 of 6
Hi gForce,

What I've been taught is that you use the same primary movements on groomed runs that you do in the bumps, power, crud, or anywhere else.

So if you're feeling like you have the primary movements of skiing down, then I'd say you're ready to take on tougher terrain. If not, I'd continue to spend most of your time working on the primary movements. Otherwise, you'll just get better at doing the wrong movements better.

One last thing. How's your balance doing? Can you ski pretty well on one ski? Can you balance on one edge? I know this sounds technical, but I can't emphasize enough the importance of balance training - on skis.

post #5 of 6
If you're itching to try something, that means you should be doing it I reckon.
Bumps doesn't necessarily mean ultra bumps. Most places have bumped-up easy blue terrain, some even have green! Great place to get stuck into them, then you increase the degree of difficulty.
What will have you survival skiing and learning bad habits is jumping into stuff that's way over your head. Then, survival stuff happens.
So find the easy bumps, have the odd lesson to guide you on your way, and it sounds like you'll be hammering down Ambush next trip to Keystone!

(um, just don't let them get you to do it without poles, man that sucks!)
post #6 of 6
Hi gForce..
hmmmm...sounds/looks like it's Cheap_Seats trollin' to me...Well anyways, the added dimension of compression/extension is more of the
upper/lower body vertically_dynamic stuff with
balance thrown in altogether...(a high-
intermediate's generalization!
While in the lift..above (forgive me)...Agony(@SR)..I'd say it's about 90/10..people leaning back into the hill..with static vertical movement..in the backseat vs giving in to the fall-line, upper-body..lower-body separation...in balance..etc.
Quite a few videos out there....and bump lessons
are on my agenda for either this summer or next

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