guy Hetherington here at Whistler Blackcomb coming to you with more online ski tips if you're anything like me and really like skiing the bumps and trust me when I tell you that within whistleblow times 80 100 acres of skiable terrain like some of the best bump runs on the planet whether you like your bunch in the trees in huge alpine bowls and glaciers or hidden beneath the thick blanket of fresh snow you'll get your fix right here on the other hand if you struggle in the bumps or worse still avoid them altogether then join me for my next online training series breaking down the bumps let's go ski for those of you who are new to bump skiing the first thing you'll need to do is learn how to read the terrain when you think about how we learn to read as children first we learn the letters of the alphabet then syllables eventually reform whole words initially we interpret each word in its meaning individually but then as we improve we interpret groups of words and sometimes entire sentences with just one glance the exact same principles apply to reading terrain when skiing in the bumps an advance bump skiers are able to interpret whole sections of any given bump run with just one glance come for a ski with me down here I'll show you what to look for and when to look for it when I look down the hill a bump run makes sense to me based on how well I'm able to identify that area which is best suited for turn completion this may vary of course depending on the bumps I have to deal with but it often turns out to be the flat or slightly benched area that forms at the top of each mogul I refer to these places as landings because when I land my turn there it serves as a great place to control speed and regain balance landings will often appear as a reoccurring offset pattern which divides the poor line in half often with very good symmetry and recognizing this pattern as a sequence is the first step for skiing in a way that fits well with the terrain rather than fighting against it my rule of thumb is to make sure I've spotted the landing of my next turn well before completing my last if I've not made this decision by the time I plant my pole it will already be too late practice is first on small bumps that are well spaced out before taking the steeper terrain and large mogul so there you have it a hook this allows you to make more sense of those runs that you may have been previously tempted to avoid spend some time looking more closely at these runs and you'll start to see bumps as useful terrain features rather than impossible obstacles this has been guy Heather internet Whistler Blackcomb coming to you with more online ski training have a great season

How to Ski Bumps (Part 1): Alltracks Academy

30 thoughts on “How to Ski Bumps (Part 1): Alltracks Academy

  • June 3, 2019 at 10:27 pm
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    It's not that you can't ski bumps. It's that you can't ski. . .

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  • June 3, 2019 at 10:27 pm
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    Would have been better at 1 minute long.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 10:27 pm
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    Lesson starts at 1 minute in

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  • June 3, 2019 at 10:27 pm
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    Coach Johnny K for Bristol Freestyle team has six alumni in World Cup and Olympic (Morgan Schild๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜) under his belt..! It depends a lot on type of bumpline as well.. a naturally formed line or a comp zippline..๐Ÿ˜ tips for any seems to be the same.. look two-three bumps ahead,this keeps your head up and upper body straight(you did great but the looking forward tip part..) hands forward also keeps weight on center of ski, flick the wrist makes less movement(your hands and arms looked good) in a zippline or fall line run you are turning before you complete this turn.. you didn't mention another big point, keeping shoulders facing down fall line (you did this well) less upper body jarring/movement keeps a clearer more focused head.. I LOVE BUMPS!! I hang with our Freestyle team regularly and started doing bumps in the day when we were allowed no more than 4"of air under skis๐Ÿ˜‚lol yeah that's real… now that snowboards and jumps are allowed at my place of employment (Bristol Mountain NY) I have a hard time at 52yrs old) getting air…๐Ÿ™„.. lol the youngsters Johnny trains finally got me over the fear of hitting the jumps in competition mogul lines at our hill(yeah 1200ft vertical) I live for moguls!!! Can't post a vid here tho… absorbing with legs is very important in smooth upper body and driving the skis rather than letting them drive you (OOC) as coach says,"drive with the hips" pretend it is a lady.. uhhh oops PG on you sight!!!๐Ÿ˜‚ like the vid just some tips we teach the a class kids.. simple words! Thanks

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  • June 3, 2019 at 10:27 pm
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    I wish he would remove the music so one can clearly understand.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 10:27 pm
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    Are moguls bad for your knees?

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  • June 3, 2019 at 10:27 pm
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    TIP: apply pressure to the front of your ski boots l, your shin area. so you are out over the front of your skis. Your upper bodyโ€™s angle should match the slope angle. It should remain still and your legs do the work. Biggest problem is leaning back on your skis. Allow your skis to do the work for you. Oh and listen to good music while you ski and have fun. Also gradually increase the level of steepness. Iโ€™d rather see a bunch of good runs on say a blue run where you can hone the techniques rather than black runs with shitty techniques.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 10:27 pm
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    I find it too much work to ski moguls. Im bloody exhausted by the time i get thru them. Just not that fun to me i guess.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 10:27 pm
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    Amazingly intelligent instruction. Completely catapulted my knowledge of what to look for.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 10:27 pm
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    The garbage music does not enhance our learning to ski bumps. More of Guy and less of so-called artist.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 10:27 pm
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    very nice flow in the bumps man….so smooth it is a pleasure to watch you ski……being a Brit and all ………lol….I kid but not many brits ski as well as you do…..

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  • June 3, 2019 at 10:27 pm
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    Are these bumps machined? Where I ski, we don't have anything with a nice rythym like these.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 10:27 pm
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    Great video! I'm getting a bit old for the big bumps but like doing the smaller soft ones. Looking to be back up at Whistler in 3 weeks to enjoy using my Super Senior Pass.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 10:27 pm
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    Thanks, Guy. Very helpful.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 10:27 pm
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    What about ski selection? For example I'm 6'2" and use a 177 All Mountain ski. I like speed on groomers and am a little intimidated by moguls. lol

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  • June 3, 2019 at 10:27 pm
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    This is great. Some other mogul tutorials just show you a slope and tell you to turn at the back of the bump, expecting us newbs to understand what that means, but you actually showed us what to look for.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 10:27 pm
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    man life easier on your self, turn on top of the bumps, stay off the ruts….and when in doubt just go straight….

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  • June 3, 2019 at 10:27 pm
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    If you have that much snow all the time how is difficult lol…. Try doing that here in vermont

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  • June 3, 2019 at 10:27 pm
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    Awesome tutorial that uses modern technology to the extrem

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  • June 3, 2019 at 10:27 pm
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    was in whistler in march, he's right, loads of good bump runs.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 10:27 pm
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    Glad it was useful Gregor. Happy Skiing.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 10:27 pm
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    Best thing about the post, Mr Guy shows how to ski at a controlled speed. I've been skiing 40+ years, and the firstthing I thought (after watching bump skiers) is ya had to 'go fast' to get thru them. This is a perfect example ofnot just pump skiing, but controlled skiing.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 10:27 pm
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    Guy, great job on the video. Using the stills, and highlighting the the areas of the mogul that you're talking about adds tremendous clarity. Nice!

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  • June 3, 2019 at 10:27 pm
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    Pretty good skiing… pretty good : ) Your videos are better than most.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 10:27 pm
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    Thanks for this Guy, coming back to skiing after a long break. Have some S7's but looking for some bump skis. Any advice?

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  • June 3, 2019 at 10:27 pm
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    Wonderful video. Skiing moguls is perhaps akin to playing music from a sheet, in the sense that when you're doing one thing, you already have to be looking at the next thing, or you won't be able to keep tempo. The only difference is that in music not keeping tempo is just an embarrassment. On moguls it can mean hospital …

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  • June 3, 2019 at 10:27 pm
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    Guy, you've done such a good job of showing skiers where you're looking in the bumps. Really good use of technology to teach.

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  • June 3, 2019 at 10:27 pm
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    Hi guy, lets look at your skills and try to raise your level of ability.

    #1POLE plant Your major issue
    __________Problem, you are planting basket,.,. at ,.,.of just in front of your boot.

    we all know what "being late can cause"

    __________Solution aim your basket 6 inches in front of your ski tip. by the time it hits the snow it will be at the ski tip

    #2 Extend /Absorb Your second major issue
    ____________Problem you are extending and absorbing from the waist up

    we all know that makes you look stiff non fluid and overly busy and it will at some point give you back issues

    ______________Solution Absorb /Extend happens from the waist down, leave that upper body alone,, stand down from the bar stool upper body does not go up
    hint ….of the 2 movements the extend is the short duration and aborb is the long duration, touch the extend , hold the absorb

    Practice this in your mind, take it to the hill, and the babes will follow you to the parking lot all day long

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  • June 3, 2019 at 10:27 pm
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    Great verbal skills and ability to communicate knowledge!
    Awesome!

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  • June 3, 2019 at 10:27 pm
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    Brilliant, Guy – great stuff!

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