I just started trying to jump stuff, starting small to get a feel for it. But I always seem to land either in the backseat or with my skis not parallel. What is the best way to not only get into a proper position to land but also to feel more comfortable doing it. I'm not looking to go crazy yet maybe 5' jumps at most and even that is rare but I would like to progress to doing some bigger hucks in the future.
Getting comfortable landing jumps
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For me, Jumping at any level is about being balanced throughout - Approach Takeoff Manouver Landing. If you take off in the back seat you're going to land in the back seat and so on.
When Im approaching a jump for a straight air I try to hit it head on with flat skis. On the approach keep your ancles knees and waist evenly flexed with the arms forwards (balanced and neutral). Coming up the jump extend your legs smoothly to 'pop' off the lip. Dont just jump up, jump up and slightly forwards - feeling pressure on the front of your boots as you leave the snow. This will help keep you balanced for the landing, as it will be slopeing down away from you so you need to alter your fore/aft to stay 90degrees to it. As you land absorb by bending those big 3 joints and what really works for me is thrusting my hands forwards as I do this. Helps keep me out of the danger zone!
As you go bigger, and spend more time in the air, try to bring your knees and toes up to your chest and touch/grab your boots (or your skis under your boots if you are flexable) at the same time. Making your body more compact in the air will help you stay stable.
Sometimes its alot to think about so practice the motions statically before you even come to the jump...ie rehearse.
Start small, then go bigger is the best way.
Have fun-Stay safe.