1.Take it easy to start. Make sure you practise first on some easy smaller bumps to warm up, don’t head straight to Tortin! Even when you do get to the harder bumps, break the run into smaller sections for example just trying to ski 10 bumps at a time. Before you know it, you will be at the bottom!

2.Pick a line. Before you have even started skiing, it is so important to choose the line you are going to ski and commit to it. Pick a point down the hill and aim for it with conviction, do not hold back!

3.Pole plant! Pole planting is critical to skiing bumps, as it will help with the rhythm of your turns, provide stability for your upper body and help you to stay balanced over your skis.

4.Take a deep breath and relax… Bumps can often be intimidating, so it is important to try and keep a level head. Take a deep breath at the top of the bumps and try and just focus on one action point for the run. The more relaxed and confident you are, the more likely your legs will respond and your upper body will stay strong, leading to great fun ride down the hill!

Tips from Harry Steel – a BASI 4 & Swiss Federal Qualified Instructor working with Altitude Ski & Snowboard School in Verbier.

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