The History of Mogul Skiing

the_mogulsMoguls have been around as long as snow has been coming out of the sky with the wind blowing and pushing it into drifts. It naturally occurs from the wind and is something that cannot be helped, even on the calmest days of the winter. Snow is feather light and the wind can push it to different parts from where it originally lays. The moguls that are in nature are different than the ones found at ski areas only in the way that they look after they have been formed. Naturally-occurring moguls are different because they are inconsistent and do not have regular shape. The ones that are formed artificially in a ski area are created by the snow blowers and special equipment that can form them. They are often uniform and are larger than the ones that occur naturally.

Skiers have been skiing on moguls for as long as skiing has been a sport. When skiing was originally done and there was no equipment to groom, most mountains were completely made up of moguls. Skiers had to go over these moguls if they wanted to get to the bottom of the mountain. As skiing became more popular and more innovative, grooming machinery was created to help make the moguls smoother and the mountain easier to go down. This machinery was great at revolutionizing the skiing sport and helped make the mountains both easier and safer to go down. As time went on, the skiers became somewhat bored with the smooth mountains. They had learned how to go down even the steepest hills at the highest speeds, they had added equipment and tricks into their skiing routines and they had mastered all of these things. At this point, the skiers considered going back to the way the mountains used to be. They began to create artificial moguls that allowed them a rougher terrain to go over. While this made the mountains more dangerous, it created a challenge for the skiers. They had to learn how to navigate the mountain as it once was while learning the balance it requires to go over large hills at fast speeds.

Freestyle skiing is an Olympic sport. Skiers who participate in this event must be able to do tricks while they are on their skis, go over jumps and even ski on the half pipe equipment. They must also know how to keep their balance and move at fast speeds. In 1992, when freestyle skiing and snowboarding began to pick up in popularity, moguls officially became a recognized part of the winter Olympics freestyle competition. Since that time, it has been included in the winter Olympics.

As the competition has increased at each of the Olympic games, other things have been added to make the mogul skiing competitions more intense as well as fair. Moguls must be a certain height and must be uniform within the descriptions that are set by the commission. This helps ensure that all of the courses are the same and some skiers will not have an advantage over the others. Included in these mogul competitions are the jumps at both the beginning and the end of the course that has moguls on it, these must be completed to ensure that the competition is able to be won.