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Out With the Old, In With the New: Part II, Step 5

Out With the Old, In With the New: Part II, Step 5

By Mike Rogan
posted: 07/23/2002

STU: One older way to ski moguls is to stay in the troughs, making skiddy turns to edge-sets against the sides of the bumps. This technique demands an aggressive pole plant to keep the torso solid and facing the fall line at all times. The wrist twirls the pole forward as the skis, fairly flat on the snow, pivot beneath the body (1). The strong pole plant and harsh edging happen together (2). The hands reach ahead to swing the pole forward as the skis are flattened and turned again (3). The pole may be planted near the top of a bump, and the edges reset (4). After the pole steadies the upper body, the legs extend to bring the skis back to the snow (5).

MIKE: New skis can arc over a short radius with little skid, so we can roll from edge to edge-even in the moguls (A). The modern pole swing is shorter and more direct, while the "touch" is softer (B). The ski works on edge, in partial circles (C). This feels very secure, and there is less need to use the pole as a balancing mechanism. It becomes more like an antenna (C). Reaching happens less in the hands, but more in the feet (D). Let your feet go out from under you as the skis seek a round path along the sides or over the tops of the bumps (E). This is a less jarring, more comfortable ride.

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