Getting Close to Freestyle Champions
I’m a social media ghostwriter, which means I write articles for entrepreneurs. But every now and then, I get a ridiculously plum assignment. This week, the resort gave me a press pass so I could hang out and blog about the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup.
During qualifying, the sisters regrouped right after their runs to watch themselves on video. The three sisters were just hanging out, with spectators all around them. These are serious athletes who don’t take themselves too seriously.
Their strategy is working incredibly well. In the finals here, Justine took first, Chloe third, and Maxime ended up in fourth.
In between events at the World Cup, there’s plenty of time to ski. After the qualifying event, I managed to find both soft bumps and powder. Yes, three days after the last storm, there’s still plenty of fresh lines in the woods; that’s what I love about Deer Valley. Here, most people ski the groomed trails, leaving immense amounts of pristine woods available to anyone with the desire to check them out.
I don’t mean to exaggerate, but I skied a bit better after watching the world’s best mogul skiers.
The two lessons I took away were:
2. Don’t waste motion. The mogul competitors keep their bodies incredibly quiet, which is why they are able to absorb so many bumps so fast. In contrast, a typical skier moves so much that he or she needs a lot of time to prepare for the next turn.
Gotta run now. It’s Friday morning and a full day of Aerial competition lies ahead.
Author profile: Bruce Kasanoff
Bruce Kasanoff is a ghostwriter, LinkedIn Influencer and Forbes contributor, which basically means he writes a lot, and skis when he’s not writing. Before shifting west, he coached six to eight-year-old skiers in the seasonal program at Stratton Mountain.
Whenever possible, Bruce heads into the woods at Deer Valley, in both summer and winter.