[quote]Originally posted by Pierre:
John D: I think the single most important thing that new bump skiers can learn is that there are a number of different lines through most moguls, and most of those are easier than the zipperline.
Pierre: While exploring different lines is a major item I do not find that to be the single most important thing. I find the single most important thing is to develop a turn that is appropriate for bumps. Once a skier has mastered an appropriate turn the options in the bumps become much more obivious and much easier to negotiate.
John D: What's an "appropriate" turn? I sometimes teach people to do wedge christies across the tops of bumps. When they find they can avoid the ruts that way they are ready to explore more aggressively. It's all about making the task as easy as it needs to be for the student to succeed. None of that comes from pro mogul technique.
John D: And your (Pierre's) suggestion of a wider stance and independent foot steering sounds like it comes more from race technique than pro mogul technique
Pierre: What is your point here?
John D: The only point of that statement is that you seem to have contradicted yourself by rejecting typical pro mogul technique (narrow stance)in favor of more racing based technique (wide stance). Am I wrong?
I'm starting sound too pedantic, but I like this discussion. I must be developing a thin skin about anyone who disagrees with me. I think it's because David M recently appointed me High Priest of Modern Technique. Actually, I was disappointed about that- I wanted to be Pope of All Slopes.