I ventured into the park recently (on skis), and I have a couple basic question about jumping on small park jumps. It was the first time that I had spent meaningful time in the park, though I am a strong type 7, and comfortable most places on the mountain.
- After you are in the air, what, if anything, do you do to control your distance, or is that pretty much set based on your speed and pop? Sometimes I landed short (in the initial flat), as I became more comfortable a few times I landed long (past the downslope), but obviously I was targeting the downslope (which I was surprised to discover feels sweet when you hit it right).
- Where do you look while jumping? Approaching the jump, the landing area is not visible and it feels a bit blind. I think I sort of just looked at the jump as I approached and then looked kind of straight ahead while in the air, rather than looking down. Do you look down at some point to spot the landing?
Also, what exactly is a kicker vs. a lip vs. a step down, etc?
Thanks so much.
By the way, here is a rough description of the "jumps" so you can get a sense of the scale I'm talking about.
- The "smallest" jumps consisted of a ramp up, maybe 2 to 2.5 feet high, a flat portion, maybe 5 to 6 feet long, and then the down slope.
- The slightly larger jumps (still small) consisted of a ramp up, maybe 3 to 4 feet high, then a straight drop down of a foot or a bit more to the flat portion, which ran maybe 7 to 10 feet horizontally, and then the downslope.
- A third type were adjacent to some unpopular rails. They were flat in the lead up, then a sharp transition to a fairly steep downslope. I liked them because I was guaranteed to land on the downslope.