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Perfect Your Mogul Skiing With These Top Tips

Last Updated on March 25, 2021 by James

Whether you love them or hate them, being a good at mogul skiing is essential if you want to use the mountain to its full potential.

Moguls are mounds of snow that have formed on the slope by skiers pushing the snow together to form bumps. This means that instead of skiing a flat piste, you will be skiing over and around bumps.

Moguls can vary in shape and size but the technique used to ski them should remain consistent. If you can put these tips into action there should be no reason to avoid those bump runs any more.

Pick The Correct Mogul Line To Ski

Plotting your path is the first action you can take to improve your mogul run. Most mogul slopes will have multiple different lines available to ski so you need to choose the correct one.

When plotting your path through the bumps; you should be pre judging the terrain ahead and pick a suitable line for the mogul type. When choosing a line; the steepness of the slope and size of the moguls can be deciding factors for the path you choose.

When judging the line – be aware that a direct line will make it more difficult for you to control your speed. However, an outside (or ‘indirect’) line will make it easier to control your speed as it allows you to use a wider turn shape – leading to more reaction time and easier opportunities to get the skis facing across the slope.

Control Your Speed

The main problem people have with mogul skiing is difficulty controlling their speed. It’s very common to see a skier tackle the first four moguls before losing control and flying over the top of the fifth one.

The aim of speed control when skiing moguls is to be able to ski at a continuous speed.

Ideally, the best way to control your speed is through pressure control. Absorbing the bumps through your knees will decrease your speed during the decent and give you control.

You can also use skidding to control your speed through the moguls. This can be achieved by rotating the skis across the slope to create a skid and is usually performed when coming down the back of a mogul.

Just like piste skiing; the radius of your turn will also contribute to speed control. This means that a slightly less direct line through the bumps will allow you more space to rotate the skis across the slope – helping you to control your speed.

It’s common to use these three tactics in conjunction with each other to achieve the desired speed. You will also find that each tactic can become more or less useful depending on the mogul line you have chosen to ski.

Posture And Balance

When it comes to skiing; if you get the basics right, you are usually well on your way to competency. Skiing moguls is no different.

Skiing with the correct posture is going to increase your balance when skiing moguls. With your balance in check – you will be in a great position to focus and plot your route while skiing.

Skiing moguls requires flexion and extension of all your skiing joints (ankles, knees and hips). This is what enables the skis to follow the contours of the bumps.

Imagine you are a car; your legs would be the suspension. The suspension will flex and extend to keep the wheels in contact with the road – while still keeping the car in a balanced and stable position, ensuring a smooth ride.

Keeping yourself over the top of your feet is also a must. As with every element of skiing – if you lean back, you’re going to have problems!

Leaning back becomes a more likely scenario at greater speed. The more you lean back the less control you will have and the more your speed will increase. It’s a vicious cycle that almost always ends badly!

Use Your Pole Plant

A well-timed and strong pole plant is a great tool to improve your mogul skiing.

A well-timed pole plant will help to pull you forward and can be a great way to improve your posture. If you time your pole plant so that you’re planting while on top of the bump; you will be able to aim your pole towards the bottom of the mogul, which will pull you forward at a time when it’s easy to get left behind (leaning back!).

Pole planting will also make sure that your arms do not get left behind. Keeping your arms in front of you is a necessity if you want to maintain good balance.

Pole planting is also an excellent way to establish a rhythm in your skiing, which is especially important in bumps.

Find Your Mogul Skiing Rhythm

Finding a consistent rhythm is a key factor in mogul skiing, especially if you want to look good while doing it!

It is important to find a good rhythm and stick to it. Once you have chosen your mogul line, you should be able to decide your skiing rhythm. However, you cannot always judge exactly when you need to turn for each individual bump.

You will find that some bumps require you to turn on top of them, while others require you to turn in the rut – this is dependant on keeping your line and speed; keeping your rhythm. The key is to be able to keep your turn frequency exactly the same regardless of the terrain underneath your feet.

Keeping a consistent rhythm and turn shape in all conditions requires all of the techniques we have mentioned so far.

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Choose A Mogul Line That You’re Capable of Skiing

When plotting your path through the mogul field, you need to choose a line that is not too demanding for your ability level.

Skiing the most direct line is usually the most challenging (both in terms of skill and physicality). As previously discussed, the most direct line will usually rely more on absorbing bumps for speed control. This is a more physically demanding method.

A slightly wider line will allow you more time to use skid to control your speed and will give you more opportunities to get your skis facing across the fall line. This method will generally be less physically taxing.

Summing Up

Improving your mogul skiing is a great way to open up more options on the mountain for you to ski. When you have the right technique, mogul skiing can become one of your favourite parts of skiing.