We'll see how assimilated I'll be.....I like my knees the way they are now
skiing bumps is an up down natural motion. you're actually much more likely to damage your knees carving at high speed than skiing bumps. You're putting more strain on them at angles that can snap a ligament like a twig if you catch an edge at speed.
Speaking of carving at high speed. I got absolutely dusted today by 65+ year old man. I shared a lift ride with a guy with a Senior Season pass, which starts at age 65. Real nice guy, said he'd only been out for the past two weeks this season due to a torn pectoral muscle from a fall he took early season shoveling his driveway. Doc said he was done for the year and he said screw it a few weeks ago. Said he skied every single day and needed to be out there. He had a Gunstock Season Pass, Cannon, Bretton Woods and a Boyne pass (Loon, Sunday River and Sugarloaf), but he turned that in after the injury early season to get a credit for next season.
So, on the lift I notice he's got some Nordica GS race skis on that were a solid 10cm longer than my skis, I'm guessing 185s. I found this quite unusual for a man his age, so out of curiosity, I decide to take the same trail he does. Very quickly it's apparent this guy can carve like a pro and he starts pulling away from me, going faster, faster faster. Half way down the mountain on the final steep section of the trail, he gets in a full downhill tuck and just let's them fly. Fastest I've seen ANYONE ski at Gunstock this season. 65+ Years old with a torn pectoral muscle. One of the most impressive skiing performances I've ever seen in my lifetime on the hill.
......if I can rip half way as good as that guy at 65, I'll be thrilled.