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Good moguls are hard to find.(Sunlight, CO)

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Most people are familiar with the demise of moguls with shape skis and snowboards. I have been very disappointed in the mogul development at work the past few years. So this year I got permission in my free time to get a good mogul line developed. With some side slipping, minimal shoveling, and skier traffic a nice patch of moguls has developed. At just over a week old I am happy with how they have turned out.

Now I just need to update my equipment for mogul skiing again. I have not skied a good zipper line in at least 6 years. My skis work okay and my poles are definitely too long. Now that I have a place to ski moguls again and I can't get enough of it. Enough talk onto the good stuff.

post #2 of 12
Great mogul skiing.
post #3 of 12
Nice skiing. My buddies and I always try to make or expand moguls at my local hill at the start of the season (or whenever they stop grooming that run) by side slipping and pushing piles of snow together. Only so much you can do with a thin layer of icy man-made though.
post #4 of 12
I am truly jealous of both your moguls and your mogul skiing skills.
post #5 of 12
Good stuff.
Super clear video too.  What kind of cameras?
post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone.

The camera is a Samsung SC-HMX10c
post #7 of 12

I really like examples about folks who get after it and make it happen…the rewarding stuff of life.  You’ll do well skiing your bumps or whatever you target with such purpose [now...go hack off those poles  ]

post #8 of 12
Compare that to Nail's mogul skiing video.

Pretty skiing BTW.
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post #10 of 12
Wow I wish I could ski moguls like that...any tips you might hav for somone like myself you wants to get better at mogul skiing? I am thinking about maybe taking some lessons...
post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 
To get better at mogul skiing, spend time in the bumps. Also work on the groomers making the small tight turns you need in the moguls. When you feel comfortable with these tight turns take them to the bumps. Start slow work on getting good form then start increasing your speed. The first mistake I see new bump skiers making is trying to go fast vs getting good technique.

For me I just watched bump comps and other bump skiers. I saw what they were doing and figured out what I needed to do to do that.

If you want to take lessons find a instructor that skis bumps the way you want to. There are many different methods to ski bumps and each person will tell you their way is the best way. Find the way you want to ski them and an instructor that will teach you that way.

I have found some of the links over at www.mogulskiing.net to be very useful.
post #12 of 12

 Here the basics on how I was taught, which served me well in Summit County.
1) Roll an imaginary ball down the hill - wherever the ball turns, so will you.
2) Your first turn is the most important, so stick it, as it will set the tone for the run - skiing is a rhythm sport
3) Don't miss a turn! Even if you pick up a little speed, try not to miss it.
     - Why is this so important?
          -If you continue past the turn, you will now be going even faster, hence you'll miss the next one as well.
4) Pole plant on every turn
     - see how he was doing it in the video above
     - most bump skiers have shorter poles, so chop'em down
     - proper pole plant 1) stab the Gnome in the toe 2) then punch him in the nose
     - if you don't think you will make the next turn, pole plant anyway as you may surprise yourself and make the turn
5) Your head needs to have a ceiling on it. Most of the movement happens in your lower body. So when you are going down the hill, your head isn't bobbing up & down. Your knees are being the shock absorbers (not your head & waist).

When first learning, you will "follow the ball" and will be skiing in the ruts. This is fine as you won't have to think where your next turn is. The bump line will decide. As you get better, you will then learn how to ski the sides, as you learn how to avoid rocks, stumps, etc that are in the ruts. After the sides, you will then learn how to ski the tops.

As previously mentioned, it is helpful to go out on the groomers and practice turning and pole planting. Try to turn as fast as you can and get into a rhythm.

The last thing I will mention, but very important is body position. As seen in the video, the op was evenly centered/weighted over his boots.  

Have fun! 




Edited by JHoback - 8/12/10 at 11:57am
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