Tips for saving your knees while skiing moguls

Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 13, 2009 7:04 am

I know a lot of people who are very interested in mogul skiing, but shy away from it for fear they’ll tear up their knees. Sometimes it really does look hard on the knees. If you’ve watched The Blizzard of Aahhhs on The Ski Channel, you know those mogul skiing scenes? Looks like a lot of slamming and banging to me. Ouch. From the perspective of a guy who’s had back surgery, I would think twice about trying it too.

But, if you do it right, mogul skiing is easier on your knees than jogging down the street. Today’s correct World Cup mogul skiing technique lends itself to very smooth riding (well, as smooth as mogul riding can get). Courtesy of, here’s an example of things you can do to insure your body will feel the same after mogul skiing than it would after flat skiing. Firstly though, you have to know how to carve correctly. 

Absorption and Extension: 

The skier should follow the shape of the mogul through absorption from the start until the top of the mogul. Extension starts right after the top of the mogul. Extension also follows the shape of the mogul. Pressure between the skis and snow should remain the same during absorption and extension, absorbing as the skier moves up and extending as the skier moves down. Additionally, the skier should aggressively utilize the moguls to assist initiation of turns, rather than waiting for the moguls. 

Upper Body: 

The head should remain still, facing downhill. The chest should also stay straight and natural. Hands stay in front of the body in a natural position. Pole plants should be light and wrist movement goes forward.


So if you’ve always wanted to try it, implement the correct technique and your body should be just fine. Go out with someone who’s done it before and can watch and correct you.