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Bumps -- hey, these things are fun!

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This past weekend (Feb. 1/2), I actually discovered the good side of Killington (never thought I'd say that!) -- the Killington Mogul Camp. Two full days of coaching in the bumps. I never thought I'd be saying this, but the darn things really are fun to ski!

Ok, so the coaches there took me from "totally awful" to "just bad" (IMHO at least -- I did go from being able to ski about two bumps before losing my balance to being able to ski four or five before having to stop again, so I guess that's a start!). The bumps were nice and soft, which helped immensely. Visibility was horrible, which made it kind of, ummmm, interesting at times. : Our instructor did tell us that these were "really challenging conditions for beginner bumpers" -- just what we wanted to hear!

So, now that I'm an official convert, I do need the assistance of the experts here -- how do you break the habit of skiing while bent over at the waist? My instructor was having me ski the groomers while holding my poles on top of my head, and that was no problem. Hit the bumps, down come the poles, and I bend over again. Definitely need those poles for bumps! I road bike during the off-season -- it's a natural reaction to bend over to grab those handlebars, and the habit has carried over. :

Lisamarie -- in case you're reading this -- a while back you had asked in another post "who falls over on the cat-tracks". I managed to do it quite impressively -- don't pump your fists in celebration of a good run until you've come to a complete stop.
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I had the opportunity to ski with a professional bump skier who gave me a great tip a couple of weeks ago.

Keep your chin up!

I mean really UP! I started looking out via the bottom half of my sunglasses. My chin came up, my shoulders squared up, and my legs began working in a much more efficient manner.

One more idea.....ditch the poles and ski easy bumps without them. It makes me realize how very much I lever and/or utilize a blocking pole plant.

[ February 04, 2003, 08:36 PM: Message edited by: Rusty Guy ]
post #3 of 6
tilt the pelvis.

This will get you more upright and less doubled over when you hit the bump.

Also as an exercise traverse across the bumps and absorb them. Some where on this forum is an image by Bob Barnes that shows one way to absorb them. bicycle-backpedal
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Combine Rusty and dchan's tips to really get the best effect. I like raising the chin, but I like to keep the chin tucked up and back, which straightens the neck while keeping it long, and as far as the hips, tuck the tailbone under and pull your belly button towards your spine. Remeber, the more we fold at the waist the more our legs will be bent to compensate. Watch a good bump skier, and very likely you will see almost a straight line from foot to shoulder when they extend. Have fun. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
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This must have been the week for the east coast kids to learn bumps! [img]tongue.gif[/img]
Not to act like a maven after my first bump lessons, but just a few thoughts.

The body will follow where the head goes. So as Weems tells us "Don't shop for Bumps!" If you are looking down trying too hard to pick and choose, it can possibly be causing you to break at the waist.

Here's my "bump gaper's" take on the whole bump thing. Bumps require, on one level, a bit of strategy. You need to be able to choose which line you think would work best.

But the paradox is the fact that you also need to have the agility to react quickly, and change your initial strategy, for any given reason. Its an interesting mix of skill and attitude. On one level you are thinking about what you need to do, but on a different level, you are reacting, with grace and swiftness, to whatever the mountain serves you.
I would guess people in military do quite well at this.
Altagirl? Alaska Mike?

A "funny" bump story. At DV on Sunday, we get to the point where you can bail out and ski the double blue. A guy was standing at the edge trying to make a decision. He looked at the terrain and said "Nah, too many moguls". I decided to use a combination of the absolute WORST NYC/Boston accent and said "You call dem' things moguls? No way!!"

P.S. The double blue was a freakin cat track!!!
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Thanks all for the great tips. Some good stuff to work on when I head up to Cannon this weekend. Part of the problem is that I'm not aware that I do bend over, but I've seen myself on tape, and there's no doubt about it. I read recently that some USST racer was cured of this habit when her coach taped a broomstick to her helmet and her tush, but that seems a little extreme : (how the heck do you ride a chairlift like that?).

Lisamarie -- I have to find a way to ski with you this year. I might be able to make the Sugarbush gathering (yeah, I procrastinate!); are you doing any BSSC trips?
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