Skiing Bumps With Donna

Donna Wienbrect Bump Sequence 0201

Like so many champions, Donna had one coach who inspired her most: former U.S. Freestyle Program Director Park Smalley. "For a while I really got lazy with my eyes," says Donna. "Park reminded me about my talent for seeing all the way down a mogul course. You can't just be where you are. You have to be active with your eyes, see the whole game, the way Michael Jordan sees the whole court."

1Look ahead for a right-left rhythm through the bumps.

2Keep your feet under your hips, and press down the backside of the bump. Keep your hands up and get ready to plant your pole¿just behind the crest of the mogul.

3Absorb, letting your legs fold beneath you. Resist the urge to let your upper body bend forward. It's like doing a squat in the gym. Your torso needs to be disciplined and upright.

4 Set up your next turn on the back of the last bump. Press down through the hips, extend your legs and pull your feet back under your hips to maximize snow-ski contact.

5You're ready to go after the next bump when your feet are under your hips again. Swing the pole forward from the wrist, getting the basket way out ahead of the body.

6Absorb again, release the planted pole by punching forward with your hand (in this case the right), and anticipate the next direction change.

7Stay square to the hill by keeping your eyes, shoulders and knees driving down the fall line. Suck your feet back under your hips with a back-pedaling motion.

8As you shift your weight from one foot to the other, strive to stack your feet, hips and shoulders directly on top of one another. And keep scanning the terrain ahead.


Steeps Problem: Leaning Into The Hill

Problem Solvers: Steeps

PROBLEM Instinctively, people shrink from what scares them. On a steep face, you may try to hug the apparent security of the hill by leaning into the mountain with your upper body, stiffening your downhill leg or throwing your downhill hand upward. These instinctive reactions compromise balance and make edging more difficult.