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Wide stance in Bumps

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
Hi All,

I am a bit confused on what stance is preferred in bumps Wide or narrow. It seems all the good bump skiers I ski with use more of a narrow stance. I keep hearing that a wide stance is the "New" way to ski.

Thanks for any help.
post #2 of 5
Originally posted by MickM:
I keep hearing that a wide stance is the "New" way to ski.
I'd suggest not thinking in terms of either wide or narrow as "the" way to ski.

Stance width should adjusted be relative to the task at hand. This is what you see in your bump skiers doing. In bumps, because of great variation, within narrow confines, of the slope and pitch of sets of bumps, a narrower stance makes it easier to be skiing both skis on similar edge/snow angles, so they then react simalarly and thus turn together following the same line thru the maze. Too wide a stance could have one ski on the shoulder of a bump and the other in the valley between bumps, each reacting differently and compounding the difficulty of the challenge.

post #3 of 5
If you were making GS size turns at speed in bumps, you would probably opt for a wider stance.
post #4 of 5
Wide and narrow stance in bumps is a relative term. If you are not good in bumps now, my suggestion would be to ski them in the stance width that you would normally ski short turns on groomed with.

Good in bumps is also a relative term. Everyone has their own ideas. Good generally falls into two catagories. Those bump skiers who can rip the zipperline without need for speed control and those bump skiers who look like they are on a Sunday stroll, silky smooth and in perfect balance.

Skiing bumps in a narrow stance (feet very close together) makes for ease of pivoting skis and easier absorbtion of impact. Narrow also makes you rotate faster in the air for freestyle points. If your idea of bump skiing is zipperline, high speed, in the air spinning much of the time then by all means consider a fairly narrow stance.

For the bump skier who wants a comfortable ride with good speed control, a narrow stance restricts the amount of edging and therefore, speed and line control, that you can achieve. A wider stance, say 6" between your feet, allows you to guide the skis better and develop some angles for edging. All of this leads to better control of your line and speed, greatly reducing the need for absorbtion and dependence on the bumps for rhythm. With greater selection of line, you won't get thrown after 4 or 5 bumps. For all but the young and very athletic, this is your only good option.

Hope this helps.

[ July 01, 2003, 04:11 AM: Message edited by: Pierre ]
post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 
Hi All,

Thanks for all your help.

I certainly am not into zipper line bump skiing, I tend to try to pick my line through. My friend who is a good bump skier seems to float effortlessly down the hill and is able to react quickly to the terrain making it look easy. He just heads straight down the hill whereas I have to look at what line to ski. I tend to over edge and have trouble with speed control, but I love the challenge.

Thanks again
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