and stop, and then three, and then four,
and so on. Before you know it, they
are skiing seamlessly down the hill in
control and with reduced anxiety!
Sometimes, as the lesson progresses
and your students’ confidence builds,
they may begin to speed up and try
to ski the bumps more aggressively,
sometimes with success and sometimes
not. If they seem to be trying to ski too
fast or experiencing a loss of control,
it always helps to take them back
to the starting point of skiing one, two,
or a handful of bumps at a time
and then stopping in order to slow
Each of these tactics individually can
BUMP IT UP!
act as a powerful method of control-
ling speed or facilitating turns in the
bumps—and done in any combination
work even better.
As I like to tell my guests, there are
many different ways to ski the bumps,
and I know there are many different
ways to teach them as well. I have
found a method that seems to work
well for me, and has rarely failed to help
willing and eager skiers quickly improve
their bump skiing, reduce their fear,
and have a ball doing it. I hope it does
the same for you and your mogul-minded
Josh Mondry has been teaching skiing in
Aspen, Colorado, for seven seasons. He has
completed most of his Level III certification
and hopes to complete the rest this season.
Mondry enjoys teaching all levels of skiers
and finds teaching bumps to intermediate
skiers particularly rewarding.