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Extinct- Bump skiiers?

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Why are their not nearly as many good bump skiiers seen any more?

Is it because the mean skiier age is older and knees go?

Is it because better grooming technology is limiting mogul formation?

Are the boarders ruining them?

Is it shaped skis?

Is bump skiing not cool?

For the more recent outings of lift skiing, my brother Hans and I have been by far the best mogul skiiers on the hills yet 7-8 years ago their were tons of pros-

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I've noticed the same thing, and chalk the decline up to a few converging trends: the advent of snowboarding, the rise of park skiing, and the aging of the folks from the "mogul era."

 

In addition to diverting a significant chunk of the demographic most likely to become aggressive mogul skiers away from skiing and into another activity, the rise of snowboarding seems to have had a negative effect on the mogul population. Between the larger turn-radius, and the propensity to side-slide through difficult portions of the slope, the rise of boarders seems to have lead to fewer and fewer regular zipper lines of moguls.

 

With regards to skiing, I think that to a pretty big-chunk of teenage skiers bump-skiing seems like a relic from the daffy-era, and they'd much rather hone their skills in the park. That's an interesting development, since it was bump skiers like J.P. Auclair and JF Cusson and others that more or less invented the Newschool scene, and quite a few of the older pros that are still competing in the park comps have a background in moguls. I don't think that bump-skiing will go the way of ballet, simply because they'll continue to be a fact of life on the steeper stuff, but most young skiers will aspire towards something else.

 

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When I was a teen I used to be way into skiing bumps. I thought it was the best test of skill. More recently my interest in bump skiing has gone downhill. I'd rather seek out stuff at the areas that will help me improve techniques I need for backcountry skiing.

 

Bump skiing is a specialty sport you need to focus on if that's your thing.

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I haven't seen a real good bump line in years. Snowboarders.

 

True. Between longer-radius turns and the propensity to sideslide, the advent of boarding has not been kind to the zipper-lines. They seem much harder to find these days.

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I agree it seems to be a declining art. Growing up, my brother and I would ski bumps until we couldn't walk. You don't see it as much, I think snowboarding's popularity has something to do with it, also the culture has changed.

As for knees, mine aren't shot, but I certainly can't ski bumps at the speed and resilience I could at age 20.

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Good bumps are made by good bump skiers (unless they are manufactured). It's a bit of a ecosystem.

 

Also to bump ski today requires a mega-tan and grey hair Bob Barker style. Oakley blades + spyder jacket are optional.

 

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I used to ski pretty hard back in the day, and I loved the bumps. Now that my knee's are shit, I have only been to a resort once in the last two seasons. For some reason, skiing soft pow-pow in the B/C is far more appealing.

 

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I haven't seen a real good bump line in years. Snowboarders.

 

There were some pretty sweet bumps under the summit chair at alpental last time I was there over the NYE weekend - big and soft.

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Good bumps are just harder to make/find these days -- snowboarders and winch groomers are to blame. Makes me wish we had reserved runs, like when Mary Jane used to have gated-off bump runs where you had to have a minimum of a 190cm ski.

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It's a wonder my knees are still in one piece given the way I skied bumps in my late teens\early 20's (read this the early-mid 80's). I really doubt I could still do days on end of bump skiing even if the monster moguls were there.

 

Good bump skiers are a treat to watch, with or without mohawks.

 

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As a long time snowboarder, I have actually come to enjoy moguls (to some degree) but don't see the big deal, Wouldn't we all rather rip big GS turns down an open powder field regardless of what is on our feet?

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aw man, i still have dreams of huge fields of monster moguls covered in 18" of fresh powder. what a treat.

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It is not only snowboarders who are destroying the bumps, with fat skis the average skiers turn radius is growing too. Moguls can be fun but I think that we all would like to carve huge powder turns than butt wiggle down the slopes creating nice moguls.

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Is it even possible to buy straight skies anymore? I hate my curved skies. All they want to do is turn. I want to go straight. WTF

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how much of a side cut do you have? I have some suggar daddys and they go straight. 124mm shovel 99mm underfoot and 115mm tail. those things go straight fo sho. not much shape to them. what are you riding on?

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Is it even possible to buy straight skies anymore? I hate my curved skies. All they want to do is turn. I want to go straight. WTF

 

Again you demonstrate your superior stupidity. Do you even know anything about skis or skiing? Fucking retard.

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I loved the challenge of the bumps as a resort skier, all the way through high school.

 

Now, I don't ski resorts. Somehow I manage to find other ways to challenge myself on skis.

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maybe this is tied to global warming?

 

or maybe it is insurance reasons tied to the loss of teeth in boyscouts who dare to take innertubes down the bumps in groups of 3-4.

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I want my Goodie Mob, Oly!

 

"Touch what I never touched before, see what I'd never seen before, woke up and felt the sun. Sky high!"

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