TDK6, I am glad to be on the same page again. Your teardrop diagram is excellent and I think representative of natural terrain. I wasn't going to say anything about the circle drawing, I understood the basic concept, but it just wasn't right and had to try to correct the inaccuracies. I knew I'd open a can of worms, especially after Abox's comment, but I think it was worth the effort.
I'm going to add another line on you teardrop diagram showing how the technical line can mirror the zipperline, just shifted over 3-4'.
Bud is definitely skiing the BLUE line, he's stuffing his tips very high up on the mogul sidewall, probably hitting the mogul face even. The snow is forgiving, to deflect that high up the sidewall in firmer bumps can result in quite a beating, as it's so easy to be a little late and get tossed to the bottom of the next rut, which can be a long way down. Even in soft snow it's very aggressive and risky, which results in such big smiles. I do like Bud's skiing, it's very powerful as he regularly stuffs the tips, his turns are definitely NOT a pivot/slip/skid in this sequence.
Nice conditions at Stowe and these bumps look icing on the cake. One could probably ski three different lines in these. But why? I think Bud is taking the funnest line which is over the top and full of face shots.
I'm not trying to be argumentative Lars, but the funnest line to ski in soft bumps is down the technical line, going from mogul face to mogul face, skipping the backside turn. It's faster and more efficient and very smooth, this is how I skied in the 2nd half of my Bday video.
Here's what I'm talking about. Take a look at frame 6 of Bud's sequence. The abbreviated left turn doesn't have to be rushed, you can see how the skis never had time to cross under at the fall line. The turn radius naturally wants to be elongated, as Bud is skiing very fast now. If he would have just been patient, he'd be stuffing the tips into the mogul face at the finish of the left turn, across the rut instead of deflecting off the side with the next right turn. In the next frames he turns right into the upcoming mogul face and deflects off of it again. It's way smoother and faster to ski soft bumps, mogul face to mogul face by skipping the backside turn. It's quite a ride, it's 1/2 the turns, I highly suggest trying it in soft conditions for those that haven't tried it or don't do it all the time.
Nail, I was a little harsh on you this morning. Hadn't had my coffee yet, sorry.
NP Lars, I knew I'd take heat for the comment. It's just that I thought the circle diagram was messed up and I had to say something. It's not totally wrong, it's just not totally correct. I certainly wasn't trying to barb TDK6, I think he understood what I was trying to say. I do think the pentagon shape represents a mogul better than a circle. I like TDK6's inverted ice cream cone, I'd like to see the bottom point cut off though and made broader. The bottom of the backside is actually quite large and flat, that's why I like to turn in that location so much and don't want to see it eliminated in a diagram, it's really some of the best snow in natural terrain. It's almost groomed, only better.
skiingaround wrote about the 10 yr old skiing Lower Holiday, SV.
Agressive skiing. Started well, although it looked like I saw some double pole plants. Turn shape towards the end rather loses it.Some of the turns even looked like they started with a bit of a wedge. Body appears to be thrown around a bit. Not too smooth. Overall sk bump rating 4/10
OUch! Tough crowd here. We worked on the hands all weekend and I thought the work showed great results, maybe we would have been better off just dragging the poles behind which may have gained a 3/10. LOL
Seriously, if I saw you or anyone carry that kind of speed over the nose of Lower Holiday without twisting the skis sideways in a desperate skid, which would probably result in a high speed cut out, I'd give you a 7/10 simply based on your commitment to the fall line. On any given day, there aren't 2 out of 100 skiers that can ski that line that well, looking forward to seeing your video.