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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Gaper
    I don't seek out bumps like I used to, but I'll ride them all day if I notice that I'm getting out of shape.

    Do the bumps seem different nowadays, though? Or is it just me? I think the boards and short skis have altered them a little.
    shorter skis. back in the day, 195 was a pretty short bump ski.
    Now if i had the venture a guess, the AVERAGE length at any given resort is about 180ish??

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    I'd imagine the Average Length would be even less on the EC, or maybe thats just around here?

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    its not the length that matters, but it helps
    fighting gravity on a daily basis

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    Quote Originally Posted by VTskibum
    I'd imagine the Average Length would be even less on the EC, or maybe thats just around here?
    youre definately right...probably mid 170's I guess.
    Damn thats short.

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    How the fuck do they make those bump courses for comps? Is there some kind of Bump Zamboni?

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    It's more lame to never learn how to ski them. Bumps are a part of skiing and like it or not, you're never going to be able to completely avoid them if you're skiing expert terrain all the time. All those days of hammering ice bump zipperlines down Skiddah at the Loaf have definitely made me a better, more complete skier. Sack up Ladies!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keoni
    How the fuck do they make those bump courses for comps? Is there some kind of Bump Zamboni?
    They have some PVC in the shape of half-spheres and they stake them to the ground and cover them with 6" or so of snow. They got big warehouses they store the bumps(shells) in for the summer.
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    Do what makes you happy…not what makes others happy!

    Having said that…bumps are totally fucking gay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keoni
    How the fuck do they make those bump courses for comps? Is there some kind of Bump Zamboni?
    in some places, yes, they actually do.
    I've seen one at Holiday Valley, NY.

    We have the Pipe Dragon (that cuts the superpipes), why shouldn't we have the Bump Bunny (or whatever it's called)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keoni
    How the fuck do they make those bump courses for comps? Is there some kind of Bump Zamboni?
    Like Yoss said, there is some sort of method to do it with a cat.

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    Those things are too perfect, even I could manage to avoid looking like a total spaz. They need random sized bumps, 18 inch deep ruts, a few stumps, rocks and other assorted oddities thrown in to make it like real bump skiing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foggy_Goggles
    You'll have to bring up the bumpfag think with Rodent99 and Cornholio. Those dudes can wiggle with the best of them.
    That brings back some memories. I usually try to avoid those damn things these days 'cause it's all about the steep pow and trees- but when they are soft and/or slushy- can still be fun. But I'd rather be in the backcountry seeking powlines. Bumps are just good to have for that 'quick tune up' if you legs don't feel centered or you're just not on your game.

    I agree with Plakespear, though. You just hate them if you can't do them. Funny how a lot of the best big mountain guys got their start in bumps- but yet how everyone else bags on them

    Last season, when the snow stopped falling in March- Alpental's "International" run was a force to be reckoned with. It reminded me of a steep and brutal Spiral Stairs. I'm a sissy these days- with 2,280 vert of VW size monsters, those delivered a severe beating

    As for current mogul skiers, Bloom has got to be one of the most underated skiers out there. I've remember that kid ripping 360's on A-Basin's Slalom Slope when he was 11. Now if he'd only focus on some big mountain stuff - like to see more of that guy tearing up biglines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Gaper
    I don't seek out bumps like I used to, but I'll ride them all day if I notice that I'm getting out of shape.

    Do the bumps seem different nowadays, though? Or is it just me? I think the boards and short skis have altered them a little.

    We found that ALTA had the most consistant lines. (NO SNOWBOARDS)
    I couldnt ski them in a straight line on my BIGS so I mached the tops with GS turns. It was ugly but effective.
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    I wouldn't call it lame, but there generally is more desirable terrain to be riden, especially if there is some relatively fresh pow around. When spring rears it's ugly head and the bumps get soft and juicy and there is some nice music playing(ala Bear Trap @ Mount Snow) bumps can be very enjoyable. The only problem is that they often beat me up real bad, especially my knees, which I am sure is a problem for many folks.

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    This thread makes my knee hurt.

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    Talking

    Well, I don't really know how to turn my skis so skiing bumps is kind of a problem...

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    No, it's not lame. Bump skiing will always be fun, even with the difference in equipment on the hill and the changes in the line because of it. A zipper line rush on a sunny, corn slush day still ranks #2 to a two foot dump of powder in my book.

    Yes, the perfectly made bumps you see for comps are definately manufactured.

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    i don't love bumps. i like 'em somewhat. but, i guess in order to get in touch with my skiing heritage i should probably pull out the tampon, practice my twister-spreads on a trampoline, put on a knee brace, buy some vintage skiis and shit, and go kick some ass. ... on the other hand, that sounds like a shit load of work. i'll just stick to the soft stuff.
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    You're all sissys.

    That's what I tell these spoiled Utards. Though I ski Alta/Bird now, my roots are the Sugarbush and Mad River Glen bumps of home.
    Always charging it in honor of Flyin' Ryan Hawks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keoni
    Those things are too perfect, even I could manage to avoid looking like a total spaz. They need random sized bumps, 18 inch deep ruts, a few stumps, rocks and other assorted oddities thrown in to make it like real bump skiing
    I know what you're saying, and looking at Olympic courses and World Championship courses really makes the bump skier in me salivate (perfect spacing, nice LZ's), but those courses can be a complete bitch to ski. I've been on a few right before/after competition (regular WC and Nor Am) and usually the skiers have pounded the shit out of them in training. Hard ice and narrow ruts at the base of each bump. The guys who can rip those courses (especially a steep one like at Blackcomb) are monsters. Don't forget they air about 15-20 feet above the course and often come down right on top of a mogul, and make it look sort of easy.
    As a kid at Blackcomb I remember riding up with a little (150 pound) guy on the French team, and his Salomon bindings were set at 20!! Edgar Grospiron used to sit in the Rendezvous with ice on his knees every day. Insanely good skiers (I also remember watching an X Games awhile back where some French bump skier smoked everyone in the skiercross).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dexter Rutecki
    Edgar Grospiron used to sit in the Rendezvous with ice on his knees every day. Insanely good skiers (I also remember watching an X Games awhile back where some French bump skier smoked everyone in the skiercross).
    I think that was actually Grospiron himself in that skiercross. Was in either the first or second X games I think.
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    Dammit, you're right. Crazy fucker threw a 360 over the last jump, as he won.
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    If there is no pow, I am in the bumps. Bumps around here are brutal, normally ice, rutted to hell, inconsistent, 3 and 4 feet dropoffs, etc. Nothing like the feeling of your brain bouncing around in your skull and your chin slapping your knees.
    I'm in a band. It's called "Just the Tip."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyrone Shoelaces
    I think that was actually Grospiron himself in that skiercross. Was in either the first or second X games I think.
    Didn't a snowboarder once smoke the field?

    Paging Shaun Palmer...or Farmer.
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