#SkiTheDifference Tip Series – Week 17

Mastering Moguls

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For some, moguls can be a skier’s ultimate nemesis on the mountain. That said, they don’t have to be. Many skiers who feel successful in the bumps find them fun and a challenging environment to spice up their day. In addition to my last post, Eye’s Ahead, the following tips will have you on your way to mastering moguls in no time!

The first thing a skier can do to be more successful in the bumps is to ski with a narrower stance. By skiing with your feet and skis closer together you are more likely to encounter changes in terrain at the same time. This will help you keep your legs working together, which feels more manageable.

Turn shape is also important to maintain a comfortable speed in the moguls. Since the bumps define where we need to turn in this environment try turning on the top of each bump, not in the trough. You can then use the up-slope, or backside, of each mogul as a backstop to help you scrub speed before continuing down the slope.

Pole planting is also crucial. A good solid pole plant on the backside of each bump will help stabilize your upper body so you can continue to steer your legs and skis below you. Remember, separation is key to attacking the fall line in your favorite mogul field!

Read the rest of the series:
Week 1 – Come prepared
Week 2 – Tune ups
Week 3 –  Early season conditions
Week 4 –  Skills not hills
Week 5 – Use the whole ski
Week 6 – Always be moving
Week 7 – Find your rhythm
Week 8 – Trust your outside ski
Week 9 – Like riding a bike
Week 10 – Carving and Steeps
Week 11 – Edge from your feet up
Week 12 – Enough is enough
Week 13 – Powder & Crud
Week 14 – Separation is key
Week 15 – Don’t Oversteer
Week 16 – Eyes Ahead

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Derek Althof has 16 years experience in the ski industry and is Deer Valley’s ski school training manager and an alpine examiner and clinic leader for the Professional Ski Instructors of America’s Central and Intermountain Divisions. Derek learned to ski at age 4 and has had a passion for good skiing ever since.

We hope you enjoy our weekly skiing tips. Please remember that they can help but will not eliminate risks, as skiing is a dynamic sport. These tips are meant to help you build skills  for a more enjoyable skiing experience.

 

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