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Do you "Window Shop" when you go into the bumps?

post #1 of 7
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I think most people ski right up to the bumps, or even one bump in, stop, and look over the bumps before starting to ski them.

Sometimes, and almost always when familiar with the trail, I try not to "window shop".  I stop three or four turns above the bumps.  Make a few turns to find my rhythm and head into the bumps.   Even though I haven't pre-picked a line, I often find I ski the bumps better when I do it this way.

So, do you like to window shop or go into the bumps blind?

-l2t
post #2 of 7
 If I'm on a familiar run I just dive in.  Bumps tend to develop in a similar fashion in a particular place over time so you can kind of count on what you'll be going into.  If I don't know the run, it's new to me or fairly unfamiliar, I usually scout 'em a bit first.
post #3 of 7
I ease into the bumps and sometimes right back out.  Keep the rythum and don't come in to hot.
post #4 of 7
Depends on the run. At my home mountain the only run that consistently has bumps is often icy and there might even be some bare spots in the troughs, even mid season. Because of that I often stop and take a look to see where I want to go.
post #5 of 7
If the bumps are mid run will often stop and shop.  If they are at the top off a chair will normally dive in and do the first face. 

The long bump runs are the issue this year, and find myself stopping several times.   DON'T LAUGH Think that I am not breathing while skiing bigger bumps,not good.  Going to get the blond album on the I- Pod, "breath in, breath out, breath in,....".

If I shop, I will stop at the side of the aisle though.  Don't to get run over by a cart.
post #6 of 7
I hardly look anymore, just go for it the bumps dont really matter anymore.
post #7 of 7
 I definitely window shop.

Many bump runs are formed by bad skiers.  Those are the ones you need to pay attention to and generally happen at the resorts with more skiers.  I like finding that long line where you can bomb down it and that takes a few seconds to pick out.  On alpine skis it's not too big of a deal since you can easily link 4 turns, zig to to the right, link 5 more, zag left and link a few more.  On tele skis it takes a bit more planning - the turn radius becomes a factor and you're simply not going to get the shorter radius turns in.
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