Information on skiing moguls

Information moguls skiing verbier

Technical

Body Position and movement – the skier needs to be over the middle of the ski to enable maximum range of movement. The upper body should be in a more upright position compared to normal alpine skiing.

Rotation – the skier needs to be able to make fast rotary movements with the legs. The movement should come from the leg turning in the hip socket. Keep the skis flat to isolate the movement and enable fast rate of turning.

By turning the skis quickly you can control the speed of decent down the moguls.

Pressure Control – Good range of up and down movements with the legs. As the skier hits the bump, bend the legs to absorb it. As the skier drops off the bump stretch the legs to push the skis into the hollow. By absorbing the bump the skier gains more control.

Fore-aft Pressure Control – As the skier hits the bump, flex the ankles and feel the shin press against the cuff of the boot. As the ski crests the bump use this to help push the tip of the ski down back onto the snow to get better ski snow contact and control.

Edging – At lower levels use a flat ski to enable the ski to skid and control speed. If the ski is edged too much, it will grip and accelerate usually leaving the skier in the back seat. Skiers with excellent rotary and pressure control skills can use more edge to increase speed.

Pole Plant – Plant over the top of the bump onto the backside. This allows for better flow down the bumps and the upper body is less likely to be pushed back.

Timing Coordination and Agility – Due to how much the terrain in moguls’ changes in such a small area skiers need to be agile and make coordinated movements to adapt to the terrain.

Tactics

Bumps limit where a skier can turn. Skiers need to understand how the line they take will affect their speed down the moguls. They need to be able turn when the bumps dictate it.

Work towards the skier looking 4 bumps ahead.

High line – In the moguls ski up onto the top or high on the shoulder of the bump so that the tip and tail are free and it is easy to rotate the ski. Rotate the ski and skid down the back of the bump to control the speed.

       

About The Author

Latest videos

 
Criteria for BASI Level 4
A video description of the BASI Level 4 criteria and demonstrations of the required level to pass your...
Criteria for BASI Level 3
A description of the BASI Level 3 criteria and demonstrations of the required level to pass your...
Criteria for BASI Level 2
Everything you need to know to pass your BASI Level 2 ski instructor exam with Altitude Futures in Verbier...
Season 2013-2014 crashes
Watch the two strong contenders for fall of the 2013-2014 winter season from our Altitude...
Become a ski instructor
Would you like to become a ski instructor? Then watch this video about our Gap Course...