A mogul can be viewed as a mini ski
slope, and just as the ski hill can be
used to control speed by skiing across
or up the hill, so too can a mogul be
used in this way.
the top of the mogul by “pivoting” at the
point of least resistance. When we are
positioned on top of the bump with our
ski tips and tails hanging off each side
of the bump, speed in check, there is a
moment of limited friction that allows
for easier leg rotation (photo 5).
This concept can be demonstrated by
first asking your guests to try rotating
their legs (twisting their skis) while
standing on flat ground. Then have
them position themselves on top of
a mogul so their ski tips and tails are
dangling off the edges, and try again.
The difference can be stark.
ONE BUMP AT A TIME
Each of these tactics individually can
serve as a powerful method of controlling
speed or facilitating turns in the bumps—
and done in any combination work even
better. One helpful thought is that one
of the keys to controlling speed in the
bumps is to control it right at the bump,
one bump at a time. If your students’
speed is under control at the moment
they are ready to turn their skis over the
bump and down into the trough, they
will be able to more confidently point
their bodies and ski tips down the hill
and guide them down the backside of the
mogul, ready for the next bump in line.
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