Mogul skiing is one of the best ways that experienced skiers can be introduced to a new and fun activity. It comes as somewhat of a challenge, especially to skiers who are used to a traditional, smooth downhill style of skiing. Mogul skiing can either be done downhill or can be done in the more cross country style of skiing. It is more difficult to do when the skier is going downhill than it is to do in a downhill style. Mogul skiing is a great new challenge for skiers who are bored with their traditional skiing style or skiers who simply want something new to add to their routine.
Mogul skiing is a branch off of the more popular freestyle skiing. It is now considered a part of freestyle and is included in the statistics for freestyle skiing in The Olympics. Jason Begg-Smith and his younger brother Dale participated in Olympic Winter Games 2006 for the first time. As the result, Dale won the gold medal and was recognized one of the best freestyle skiers. The freestyle skiing includes many different avenues including the different tricks that can be done while going downhill. Moguls are simply one more obstacle that skiers must accomplish when they are participating in a freestyle event, whether it be an event in The Olympic games or in any other type of competition. The term mogul skiing is often synonymous with freestyle skiing, although they both meant very different things at their inception.
Understanding mogul skiing is all based on an understanding of what a mogul is. Moguls are small bumps that form under the snow. They are not formed because of anything in particular that is under the snow, but they are sometimes formed from the snow falling naturally. In most locations where mogul skiing is performed, the snow is blown out of machines and does not lay naturally. In these cases, the moguls are created by the grooming equipment that is used to smooth out or rough up the snow that comes out of the machines. Moguls are nearly the same when they are made by a machine as they are when they are created from the pattern of snow falling out of the sky.
Skiers who participate in moguls must be very steady on their skis. This is not an activity for beginner skiers and something that should not be attempted without prior training in skiing. Skiers who do moguls often go over these large bumps at high rates of speed. The bumps can be very dangerous to skiers who do not know what they are doing and for skiers who are slow on their skis because they can cause the skier to fall forward while they are going down the hill.
At the end of most mogul courses, skiers must go over two very large bumps before the course is completed. Their score at the end of the mogul course is dependent on not falling or getting tripped up on these large moguls at the end of the course. Even if a skier is able to go over all of the smaller moguls throughout the course, they may not score well if they do not go over the big moguls at the end of the course. The big moguls can be the deciding factor for whether a skier is able to score the right amount in the course.