Originally Posted by lonewolf210
This is true we were suggesting he go to the park first to learn some basic control in the air. However, if the OP has no desire to do such then the one piece of advise I would give is keep your hands up and forward. If you do this properly you should be able to look at them the whole time and you will instinctively keep your weight forward. This really only works for rollers and cliffs. Those jumps on the side of runs are a completely different thing mostly because a lot of them launch you with a really poor body orientation and have very flat landings
Very true. Hands up is a great mental cue for maintaining a solid stance, and a good habit to have for any terrain. There is something calming and confidence-inspiring about it, too. It feels like you're in a state of readiness.
But, for me personally anyway, I don't think terrain park features would cross over to natural drops well, simply because on a TP feature, you begin the air tilting up. Allowing yourself to descend off of something smoothly is rather different. You start facing down, which can feel a bit odd at first. I recommend finding a steep dropoff (like off of a catwalk onto a steeper run, or a small cornice), and practice keeping the hands up, and staying forward and over your skis as you tip down the feature.
But, I think TP jumps would be a good opportunity to practice maintaining a forward stance and forward arms in the air.
Edited by LiveJazz - 12/12/11 at 8:19am