This article is an excerpt from The Clendenin Method©. While the complete book examines the art of all mountain and mogul skiing in greater depth than we can on the site, here, in the Member section, are 9 excerpts with the key concepts to help any level 6 or higher skier improve performance, along with simple exercises that help skiers develop the skills necessary to tame bumps—or ski anywhere on the mountain, including the groomed.
This is excerpt No 1.
"John has style for days. He is legendary not just for winning Freestyle competitions at the height of the sport, but for doing it with style and charisma. Of course, he has just gotten better with time.
"I skied with him in the movie Fistful of Moguls, among other times, and he was ripping. He is so smooth. He has mastered the art of effortless skiing. His technique through the moguls is buttery smooth and efficient.
"I have seen him tirelessly develop The Clendenin Method™ to help everyone else learn to ski effortlessly forever and he has it down pat. I'm stoked to see him taking it to the next level. Go John. You're the man!" —Jonny Moseley
In all sports, joy is achieved through mastery of fundamedntals. Solid fundamentals create efficient movements that evolve into instinctive movements. As the knowing and doing become one, the joy begins. The Clendenin Method is dedicated to this journey. - John Clendenin.
We're going to examine the often misunderstood art and science of mogul skiing. In a sense, bumps skiing is at the very heart of all mountain skiing, not only because bumps can be found anywhere good skiers go and grooming machinery does not, but because the skills involved in controlled, pro-active mogul skiing are the skills that open access to all three-dimensional skiing, from steeps to deeps.
Let's start with a skills inventory. This is patterned after a process we use at Camp with the Champs in Aspen, where we have found that honest assessment of current skill level, understandings and attitudes is mandatory for rapid progress. There are no "right" or "wrong" answers, but by taking an honest inventory, you begin the process of mastering moguls and the all mountain experience.
When you have finished the complete series of questions, you'll be able to find a point-by-point discussion of each issue addressed by the questions in our member section if you choose.
The next 8 articles are available in our Member section