Welcome to Breakthrough on Skis II - Bumps & Powder Simplified. Three years ago when I made the first Breakthrough on Skis videotape, I really didn't know whether a video ski lesson was such a good idea, whether it world work. That first tape was an experiment but, as it turned out, a successful one. And this is the video ski lesson I have been thinking about ever since.
Bumps and powder are two very important sub words of modern skiing, of expert skiing, for two very different reasons. Bump skiing seems like a nagging challenge to many skiers--awkward, difficult, frustrating, and not very graceful, though often all too exciting. Bump skiing is an important part of expert skiing simply because it is so hard. This tape should make bump skiing a lot less difficult, but I promise it will remain just as exciting. Powder is different. To be honest, powder snow is not a serious athletic challenge--at least it shouldn't be. There are days when skiing perfect powder feels almost like an out-of-body experience. Sublime.
Together, bumps and powder are something like the frosting on the cake of expert skiing. Together they represent the final step along the path we began with the first Breakthrough on Skis tape; the direct path from intermediate to expert skiing. This has been my most stimulating and challenging assignment as a ski teacher. Bu I'm sharing this lesson with my most motivated students. Buying this video and working with it is an act of commitment--and that's exactly what it takes to master bumps and powder. The payoff, the freedom to ski all snow, all terrain, is even better than you might have imagined.
I'm sure you've already looked at the tape before pulling this small booklet out of its sleeve and opening it. You already know the program, the steps I've laid out in as clear a path as possible to get you into these special worlds of bump and powder skiing. So why this booklet?
This is just another tool. Another set of reminders. A few more pointers. A chance for me to reinforce, one for time, those few key ideas and skills that are going to make bump and powder skiing easier and much more pleasant for you.
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This hour of intensive lessons from veteran ski instructor Lito Tejada-Flores puts the focus on two areas feared by many intermediate skiers: skiing over bumps and in heavy powder. Tejada-Flores begins with some words to build confidence, stating that "mastering bumps" can be done if some fundamental skills are learned and practiced, and with careful study "you can ski bumps better than you ever imagined." After a quick review of some principles covered in the first tape of this program, Tejada-Flores begins showing films of skiers practicing "bump turns," as the principles of turning are central to safely navigating bumps. The films are shot very well, with occasional graphic overlays demonstrating the "exit lines" a skier can choose when traversing a bump. There is even some footage of a skier making obvious mistakes, so the student can learn from his bad example. The section of skiing powder begins with Tejada-Flores noting that one must visualize skiing "inside the snow" rather than on top of it, and all the basics of turning in deep powder are covered in a series of detailed lessons. It goes without saying that considerable practice following the viewing of these tapes would be required to fully develop the skills shown, but the lessons on the tape are very detailed and would provide a great foundation for learning. Also included is a booklet that essentially duplicates the information on the video. --Robert J. McNamara
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