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Linked Short Turns in Bumps (Level 2)

Activity Description

This introductory bump activity shows the ability of the skier to apply a blend of skills that promote the ability to ski a relatively consistent line in blue and black moguls.

Why This Activity Will Be Useful

The ability to ski blue and black bumps gives skiers access to more of the mountain. Instructors teaching in the intermediate zone are likely to have guests who want to learn basic bump technique, and should be comfortable skiing this terrain.

What The Skis Do (EFFECT):

  • Skis maintain contact with snow when appropriate
  • Skis bend from center in majority of turns
  • Pivot point is roughly under center of foot
  • Skis turn at similar rate and time in most turns
  • Skis tip simultaneously commensurate with terrain in most turns
  • Turn shape and line controls speed
  • Pole plant is functional
  • May be asked to modify choice of line

How The Body Moves (CAUSE):

  • Flexion and extension movements allow absorption of terrain
  • Center of mass remains centered over base of support when appropriate
  • Turning movements are appropriate to terrain level and promote desired turn shape
  • Turning movements come from legs turning under a stable upper body and create upper/lower body separation
  • Tipping movements originate in lower leg under a stable pelvis and upper body


Blue or black bumps

Teaching/Learning Cues:

This activity requires the ability to adjust the duration, intensity, rate, and timing of the application of all the skills to maintain the ability to make short turns.

Activities to practice to develop skills for this activity: linked side slips, 90 degree Pivot Slips, Retraction basic parallel, basic parallel, basic short turns, basic parallel leaper turns.