Mogul skiing is a form of freestyle skiing, which is formulated by one timed skiing on a steep or heavily moguled surface. It can also be done by stressing technical turns and aerial bends.
Mogul is speedily gaining popularity among sports enthusiasts, and it is nowadays regarded as a serious sport,which is contested globally at the FIS Alpine World Championships and also in the Winter Olympic games.
Origin of Mogul Skiing
Mogul skiing came into existence in 1971 after the introduction of aerial skiing that were all categorized under freestyle forms of skiing. In fact, the term mogul is Bavarian dialect, “mugel” which means a mound or a small hill. Consequently, the first tournament for Mogul skiing followed in the same year with several people from different states signing up for the competition. The completion was organized by FSIS, which later went ahead to create the first world Cup tournament in 1980.
Since then, Mogul gradually gained popularity among people especially in the USA. The first world cup tournament commenced in 1986 and since then, the tournament is being organized in odd numbered years. In 1992, mogul skiing was incorporated into the world Olympics and was accorded a medal award. Those games involved entire families of talented sportsmen. Jason Begg Smith skier debuted at the Olympic Games 2006 held in Torino with his brother, Dale.
The number of people participating in the world tournament is currently at 500 each selected from several countries especially in the northern regions.
How to Ski Moguls
To become proficient at mogul skiing, you need to have a sound knowledge and understanding of mogul skiing terrain, which makes it easier for you to ski moguls successfully. Moguls normally begin with rounded tops consisting of several turns and snow piles. However, over a long period, the moguls begin to form a teardrop shape due to constant elongation.
Understanding Mogul features
When you closely examine moguls, you will find out that they all have common characteristics. Here is a highlight of mogul characteristics.
- Every mogul has a top, which is flat in shape with the top covered with a pile of snow.
- Mogul also has spines or sharply pointed edges that extend from the top to the bottom of the mogul.
- There are slopes that have an angular appearance on each side of the moguls. However, each of the spines has its sloping angle, and each angle varies across all the spines in the mogul.
- Moguls have troughs, which run between moguls, and they are located at the base of secondary lines of the spines.
- Making a turn in a mogul accounts for 60 percent score that is technically evaluated by skilled judges. Therefore making a good turn will earn you more points.
- When skiing, the head should remain stiff and pointing downhill. The chest should also stay stiff and upfront, and the hands clutched together.
- Air jumps account for 20percent of the total scores. The jumps that are normally awarded include flips, rotations, and loops.
- Speed also accounts for the remaining 20 percent awarded by the judges. To maintain appropriate speed, you should avoid plunging into the troughs and turn on the mogul tops.
Mogul runs consist of several repeated patterns that usually make it very difficult for skiing. The patterns are so invigorated that you may find yourself confused on where to turn. Many skiers admit these patterns instill fear and confusion in them.
Each mogul contains a flat top, which makes several moguls appear like a staircase that you can use to walk down the hills. The clump of snows in each trough is an added advantage to mogul skiers since they provide friction hence mitigating the incidence of falling.