Absorbing the moguls is when your knees come up to your chest and back down to minimize the jerk on your upper body. For some really good example of absorption (and good skiing in general) check out our videos section.
To absorb the moguls, you must first approach the mogul with the correct body position; that means hands in front, looking down the hill and your shins pressing up against the front of your boots. Once you have this you are ready to absorb some moguls!
- Absorbing the moguls early is important, so begin the whole process when the tips of your skis reach the beginning of the mogul.
- Once your reach the mogul, let your feet come up towards you chest similar to the position of sitting in a chair. It may seem weird, but skiing moguls is like standing up, sitting down, standing up, etc. Practice this until you have a good range of motion, that means your knees should be able to bend and your feet come up and then push them back down.
- Once your knees are up and you’re on top of the bump, you need to push your feet down and return to a tall position. It is also important to “drive” the tips of your skis down the backside of the mogul so that someone standing below you doesn’t see the bottom of your skis. This may be hard at first, but it is an important quality of a good mogul skier.
- Keep practicing this over and over again until you get the hang of it. Don’t be afraid to go out of your comfort zone and let your knees come up as high as they need to. Over time, try to incorporate this into your mogul skiing, but don’t let it get you “backseat” or skiing on your heels instead of the balls of your feet. Good luck! If you have any questions, please leave a comment below and I promise I’ll respond!