Beat The Bumps-On The Flats

Turning Points
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Turning Points
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Before you venture into moguls, be sure you can make solid, mogul-type turns-linked, with both skis in synch-on the groomed.

Before you venture into moguls, be sure you can make solid, mogul-type turns-linked, with both skis in synch-on the groomed. Skiing bumps with your skis out of parallel can be disastrous. Practice making parallel turns by changing both edges and guiding both skis simultaneously, maintaining pressure on the edge of the downhill ski.

Rhythm and speed control are critical. Sometimes you find rhythm in a field of bumps, but not always. As such, you need to be able to build rhythm into the run. One secret is ready hands and continuous, fluid pole plants. Miss a pole plant, and you miss the turn, throwing off your rhythm. Don't hesitate between turns. The end of one turn should be the beginning of the next.

But it's not enough to simply link turns. You also need to ski entire runs at a consistent speed. If your speed keeps increasing, the bumps will eat you alive. Each turn must be round enough to control speed. Complete each turn so it carries you well across the fall line. Exaggerate to the point you feel you are skiing back up the hill at the end of each turn. Turning can become target practice: Look for spots on the slope-places off to the side-and hit them exactly with your skis. That's the way to build control and prepare for the next phase in learning to ski moguls.

Ready? Turn to page 99 and read ''Unstumped By The Bumps."

Nelson Carmichael is a World Cup champion and Olympic medalist.