BIG AIR

by Jon Lamb

Students often ask me, "How do you 'tail grab' on skis?" I tell them, whenever your taking air, it is important to plan a landing. When planning a landing look for a slope with somewhat of a pitch and soft snow (this should be a priority). When taking air it is important work towards a good pop up (extension of ankle, knee and hip) and balance. Visualization is important. When performing the task ,grab your tails with one hand and counter balance with your other hand.

Other students ask, "How is a 360 done?" My answer is, commitment. Commitment is THE Number 1 step! First you must practice (without skies on) on dry ground extending and popping. This will enable you to get air off the ground and then spin around 360 degrees. Practice spinning around on the snow first before taking it to air. To get a strong spin lead with you're outside hand and eyes. On the snow you must keep your body balanced and 90 degrees off the slope. In the air, it's important to keep your chin level with your shoulders and keep looking around tell you find a landing. Never under estimate the power of visualization, see yourself spinning around and landing (believe in yourself). Go up . . . go around. . . come down!!!!!





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