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How to Ollie on Skis

post #1 of 7
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Here's an easy to follow tutorial on how to ollie on skis!


Learning to ollie with skis is fairly easy and straightforward. All you are going to need is of course some skis and a hill. It is also really helpful to have another small hill to go over to help propel you into the air. You can use this small hill as sort of a jump. As you can also see in the video, I use another plastic jump to help. To preform the actual ollie, put your feet about shoulder width apart and crouch to get ready. When you are ready, spring back getting the tips of the skis off the ground. By this point you will be already half way in the air with just the very back tips of your skis touching the ground. To get your entire body into the air you must then immediately lean forward and tuck your body. When your'e ready to land, put your legs back out and crouch to take the impact of hitting the ground. That's it! 

post #2 of 7

Hey there, 


Welcome to epicski! 


Fun tutorial. It's cool to see someone making the most of that snow. Hope to see you make some more videos.


The ollie here looks a lot like a dolphin turn. Does anyone want to comment on differences? 

post #3 of 7

Well, the text tips given are pretty good, however the skier doing the demo isn't actually doing what the video says. A good tail pop or ollie is when you are really using the elasticity of the ski to manage your energy. In the video, there isn't much active pressuring of the tails. When the tails aren't pressured, there isn't the subsequent pop from the skis rebounding. Because of that, the skier spends the entire time in the air in the back seat on most of his demos. 


Beyond that, the time spent in the air is fairly uncomposed. Most of the amplitude is coming from the skier making a huge break at the midsection to bring his knees up, and subsequently bring his shoulders down. This is highlighting the fact that the skier did not get any energy off of his skis on takeoff, and is compensating for it by bringing his knees up so markedly to give a false impression of height. When the skier executes a 180, the body core position in the air is somewhat better, but the execution of the rotation is poorly done, with both hands and arms falling behind the body during the turn. A well executed spin uses a positive forward motion from the arm to facilitate both the spin and a balanced landing. 


Apex, I commend you for your eagerness. However, I would say that at this point it may be best if you keep yourself in learning mode. Your skills are not at a level where creating online tutorials is advisable. 

post #4 of 7

Kind of similar to absorbing a mogul?

post #5 of 7
Originally Posted by agreen View Post

Kind of similar to absorbing a mogul?

No, a tail pop and absorbing a mogul are almost opposite in their execution. You really do want to get back on your tails to pop, whereas in the moguls you want to stay on the front of your skis, and draw the ski back in under you as you absorb the mogul. In one, you're looking for the ski to give you energy, in the other you're looking for it to absorb energy. 

post #6 of 7
Freeski, I know you're trying to contribute. However, the op has attempted to add real value here in an attempt to fill a void. Perhaps you can make a video showing how it's done? In absence of your video, the op's is the next best option.

I see a similarity in bumps because you move the feet forward through the trough, then flex as you move over the bump (much like how a dolphin turn). I wouldn't get over the front of my skis in a trough approaching a bump.
post #7 of 7

Ski addiction has a good demo of the difference between a pop take off and an ollie take off (go to 31 seconds)



An ollie on skis seems like more work for essentially the same result, but hey whatever floats your boat. BTW - Freeski has nailed the mogul explanation.

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