FREE Weekly Mogul Skiing Tips

Are You Stuck in the Immediate Rut?

  • Are you tired of repetitively skiing over-crowded groomed runs?
  • Would you like to learn techniques to reduce knee pain, reduce fatigue and extend your skiing longevity?
  • Are you struggling to keep up with your kids or grandkids on the mountain?

BUMPS FOR BOOMERS® is an Aspen-based ski program. For over 15 years we have been teaching skiers how to escape over-crowded groomed runs and to ski with better balance, more control and less fatigue. The Ski for Life™ tips give skiers the ability to ski more hours per day, mor days per season and more seasons as they age.

Subscribe to our free mogul skiing tips and learn the same techniques we teach on-snow.

Example Ski Tip - "Focus on Flexing Your Ankles Rather Than Bending Your Knees"

focus on ankle flex

Have you ever experienced your quads getting tired and sore when skiing moguls or powder (or even when you ski groomed runs)? When you are in bumps or powder do you bend your knees to lower your center-of-gravity in an effort to stay balanced or to feel more in control?

“Bend your knees” is a phrase often associated with skiing but bending your knees when skiing off-piste terrain does more to produce tired and aching quads than any other thing you may do.

To avoid leg fatigue when skiing in moguls or powder the proper stance is to have your legs extended with a tall stance and to absorb pressure changes by flexing your ankles, not by bending your knees. Bending your knees will result in you sitting back. Any knee bend should only be a secondary by-product of keeping your torso in balance over your feet as a result of flexing your ankles.

focus on ankle flex

A tall stance (think long legs) produces less fatigue because your skeleton is holding up your body weight. If you have too much bend in your knees, without ankle flex, then you will use your quadriceps (the large muscle in front of the thigh) to support your weight. And that spells thigh burn.
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The point of this tip is to understand that when you bend your knees you will move into the back seat (since the knee joint only bends backward). When you flex your ankles you will move forward (since the ankle joint only moves forward). The two photos below illustrate this point.

If you flex your ankles into the front of the boot cuff and tongue of the boot (I can make my boots squeak by doing this) you can easily absorb terrain and pressure changes. Focus primarily on ankle flex to stay out of the “back seat”. Knee bend should only be a byproduct of ankle flex so that you stay centered.

While it may seem counterintuitive, to minimize fatigue and to have happy quads when skiing moguls and powder, use a tall stance with good ankle flex.

The point of this tip is to understand that when you bend your knees you will move into the back seat (since the knee joint only bends backward). When you flex your ankles you will move forward (since the ankle joint only moves forward).

If you flex your ankles into the front of the boot cuff and tongue of the boot (I can make my boots squeak by doing this) you can easily absorb terrain and pressure changes. Focus primarily on ankle flex to stay out of the “back seat”. Knee bend should only be a byproduct of ankle flex so that you stay centered.

To your success in becoming a confident all mountain skier and extending your skiing longevity.

 

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