Correct me if I'm wrong, but It seems like a lot of the "newschool movement" (which I am not intending to rip on in any way as I'm sure I'm equally a part of it) has kinda been hinting towards bumps being lame, old news ect.., is this true? I noticed in an issue of Freeskier a few months ago in an interview, the interviewer asked the skier (I forget who), "would you ever be caught dead skiing a zipper line through bumps?", and I though "hey, if you can, who WOULDN'T be caught skiing a clean, fast zipper line down a sick bump run?" I guess times are a changin' though, I don't see many kids my ago ( early 20's) focusing on really rippin' bumps and getting real comfortable in tights trees, ect... I dunno maybe I just haven't been skiing with the right people, but it seems like every time I am hitting a gnarly bump line at A-Basin or Breck or Vail most of the guys I see are twice my age. Don't get me wrong I love the park too, buy is there a place in freeskiing for new-school skiers with old school skillz? :)
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i ski bumps every day i ski. if there's good snow i'll hit up the bowls (patrol chute, copper, for example), but i'll ski as many lines as I can. When I teach, I generally teach my kids not only how to rip bumps, but also general bump etiquette, etc. (i teach 4-7 yo.s at okemo). but i live to ski bumps.
I think it's a dying art, especially in the midwest, where I'm from. Most places don't even have them. Some places try to build them with a groomer, they make them 8 feet wide and 3 feet tall and they wonder why nobody is skiing them!
The fact that I can ski them sure makes my trips out west better. I can't imagine how long it must take these midwest park rats to get down a black bump run out west. They must skip 30% of the resort terrain out west!
One of the greatest ski experiences I had was ripping a bump line out west after it had filled in with powder! That and ripping a bump line in the slush in the spring, having the snow just explode off you.
bumps are fun now and then, but are usually just a means to an end (the lift). if you've resorted to skiing bumps you're either 1) from teh EC and takigna park break/are bored 2) can't find any leftover pow 3) haven't had a storm in a while
i have to agree with both of your points. when powder's around i go looking for open bowls, steep tree runs, and cliff drops... definitely not bumps. i do, however, enjoy the occasional bump run. on the other hand, you'll find me in the park long before you find me in the bumps on days with no powder.
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with the trend of skis going bigger and wider, bumps will get more and more left out. Im a really big guy, and so my two pairs of skis are some first gen pistols and last years maidens... obviously not what you would call bump skiis... but the bumps are still a good time for sure.
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bumps are super fun. i couldn't stand them for the longest time (because i couldn't ski them correctly), then one day it just clicked and i could do it fine. it's an awesome feeling ripping a huge bump line right under the lift.
I used to rock bumps alot, but I dont like them anymore not because there "not cool" anymore but I dont see the point of ducking into a bump feild and wrecking my knees all in the name of riding the hill much slower. I rather cook down the hill and catch some air or rip pow. BUt thats just me.
Merse you sexy potatoe you better be doing some thing fucking crazy up there, see yea soon br-ah
I love bumps at first they scared me when I was younger but then my dad took me to the top of a run and said pick ur line and go for it and then he left so I learned quickly to like em.
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ive competed for the past two years, but i had to quite this year because it destroyed my knees. but i still love bumps, its just that when you get to a certain point in mogul skiing, its almost 100 percent guaranteed that your knees will sustain some sort of injury, so i stick to other stuff now adays
yeah, half the people that ski park cant ski nething else and really arent that great skiers, i could get flamed for this but hey. Skiing trees and bumps and the occasional boring groomer and just getting some nice lines in realy help your skiing, actual skiing down a hill without worrying about rails, jumps, QP's etc. Coming from a racing backround me and my friends really like to ski the trees and little EC powder we get over skiing the park, we still love the park but bumps and trees win. Just my 2 cents
i wont say its not amazingly difficult to rip a nice line through bumps, cuz i cant do it, because i have never even looked at moguls as anything other than an obstacle to going fast.
my deal is that i fucked my knees up from being a shitty skater, so at this point i dont care to make that situation worse. plus i never skied moguls when i was younger, so I definitely didnt pick it up when i started skiing again a few years ago.