I've read the whole "put your weight forward, arms out front" stuff but I'm still having a hard time getting my weight right.
1. The man-made jumps always have a pop at the tip which throws my balance completely off, weight forward or not. A lot of times I have my weight *too* far forward and have even crashed staring straight at the ground. Does this just require more jumping? Over and over and over and over to get used to the amount of pop and to compensate for it?
2. How do you know what speed you should take a jump at? I've done it too slow and landed on the flat before as well as taken it too fast and landed on the flat *after* the runout. I've found that you can't just start at the "official" starting point (the area where everyone else gathers to begin) and straight line it down because then you go too fast.
My legs are short and stocky and my flexibility is not good. Good switch skiers have their legs together and scissored, and they scissor it from side to side depending on which direction they want to turn.
Well, I can't scissor my legs so narrowly, even when just going straight. I can do it on one side but I'm not flexible enough to do it on the other.
And when I scissor while riding switch, I end up carving hard into the direction that I scissor and it brings me back around again.
Right now when I go backwards I just have a wide square stance. I make little direction changes by applying more weight to one side than the other.
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