1) I'm a racer ... so I had to make a lot of changes. Shawn put me in a tall, upright position, with hands very neat in front of me (instead of out to the sides) and as Shawn said (for the guys) , "act like there are a bunch of women at the bottom of the run and you are trying to show off your great chest and abs". Or like "there is a string attached to the top of your head and someone is pulling you up by it". The point is stand tall and not break at the waist AT ALL or you back will get busted up. I think about balancing a book on top on the top of my head.
2) We practiced sliding into the "sweet-spot" of the bump almost like a hockey stop and then just as we kissed the sweet spot of the bump we tap our pole right across from our feet but ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BUMP on the downhill face ... this is what all pro-mogul skiers do like, J. Bloom or T. Dawson.
3) I learned to absorb bumps better in my new position ... by standing tall and not breaking at the waist I can take a direct line (Shawn said you should be able to ski a 5-foot wide line down the bumps) and not get bucked out of your line. It's real scary to stand so tall in rough terrain but you have to ... like posting in English horse riding you have to sit tall and not hunch over.
4) I learn to do a hip thrust if I got in the back seat. Shawn said visualize a $100 bill between your ass cheeks and you are squeezing to keep it there ... and your hips go forward when you do this and re-center your Center of Gravity so you can be set up to absorb your next bump ... hey it works!
5) Shawn worked with me on doing a real direct line where you just keep 'em pointed down the fall line and let 'em buck ... just ski over the tops, sides any way you want but keep in the fall line and absorb everything and only deflect your skis about 10 degrees out of the fall line. Like just make baby turns and wiggle your butt like Johnny Mosley. I had to let my knees come up all the way to my chest and then stomp down and drive my feet into the troughs but hey man it really works you can wail!
6) You have to keep a "tight package" ... no not your package below the waist guys LOL but keep your knees totally together like you are once again holding a $100 bill between your knees .. so both legs work like mountain bike shocks sucking up the bumps. By keeping tight you are soooo strong.
... I have been skiing in my new mogul position for some time now and man I feel so much more efficent in rough terrain! IT WORKS!!! I never get real sort, and can wail especially with the little baby turns and can make about 2-3 turns per second for short bursts.
It was great seeing Shawn "do it" and be direct .. maybe everyone does not have the pure leg power to keep it rollin' in the bumps BUT ... don't listen to those instructors that tell you can't you like do it like the pros .... you can maybe not as steep as the pros but you are skiing the Mid-Altantic .. not Deer Valley so go 4 it and prove them wrong~!
Crush, with the new technique you were taught, where does the speed control come in? If you are only deflecting your skis 10-15 degrees, there is not much opportunity to skid to scrub speed. Even the pros have a finite speed limit.
I think the main reason he had you stand taller is that raises your center-of-gravity (cg), giving you more dynamic range to retract your legs to absorb a bump, keeping your cg at the same height whether or not you are in a trough or crest.
I think the main reason most of us tend to break at the waist is that our legs/hips get tired and we try to use other methods to absorb the terrain.
Standing tall works for me when I have to absorb BIG! I notice that I get bucked around a lot less and thus can keep my upper body quiet and keep going and stay up on the bump problems upcoming. In fact today I was wailing on the groomers when I came over a ridge and came upon a bunch of little bumps ... changed my stance from race to upright mogul and just absorbed ... worked like a charm!
So to extend you point, I use all sorts of positions for different situation ... no one right way to ski, and no single position/technique is right either ... the variety of skiing!!!
I wonder if I instinctively do that myself. I know I do a "mental transition" when I hit washboard bumps on a run.
Lot's of times I'll just ride out a bunch of bumps without turning, especially at the bottom of a run (or when I get thrown in the back seat and am hanging on for dear life!) I wonder if the pro's do the "little turns" as style points more than anything else?
Maybe a crutch, I dunno, but it's one of the few weapons in my arsenal.
CRUSH: WHAT A WEEKEND Shaping UP! (Edited to say- watch out for a snowball with Chubbs and a Kicking Horse helmet sticker, hee).
[This message has been edited by comprex (edited 02-26-2004).]