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I want to start doing cliff drops and other very difficult things like extremely steep lines that require getting air to get down. Does anyone here do this that can give me advice on how to start and what to expect? I want to obviously start small and work my way up.
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how confident of a skier are you? How comfortable are you on the steepest pitches that are normally available to you? How do you react when it gets tight? How comfortable are you in the air (both when you hit a jump or unexpectedly get some air). How confident are you in your ability to adapt? Is this type of terrain readily available to you to learn (meaning smaller cliffs/drops, gradually steeper pitches, etc)?
post #3 of 7
I used to jump off up to 30 footers + when i was younger but now limit myself to 30 feet or so. Here's some stuff i wish i had known when i was younger

1. For air - practise in a pool off a diving board. Theres lots of articles on stance, keeping yourself compact, extending legs before landing blah blah. Get your stance right first in a pool. When you air out fairly big - say more then 30 feet there's a tendency for the air to knock your skis apart so practise keeping the tips together. I like to cross the tips and then uncross before landing or jsut keep them slightly crossed and the impact will separate them

2. For steeps - practise on steep slopes with safe runouts to start. Practise on really icy hardpack to start so you get great edge control. Remember you don't want to make any mistakes. A lot of approaches are icy, or powdery or have variable snow - or maybe are sun-crusted. You can't get too picky.

3. learn some ropework - how to belay - how to use an iceax etc. Learn how to use a rope to cut an entrance cornice

4. the best landings are fairly steep and have lots of pow also. If you flat land you'll drive your knees through your chin. Learn about avalanche terrain and learn how to assess your landing.

also post on TGR - there are many more skiers into steep and jumps then here I would imagine.
post #4 of 7
and oh yah - pls don't call it "extreme skiing" bleh
post #5 of 7
!st, buy a pack.
post #6 of 7
Originally Posted by MilesB
!st, buy a pack.
haha i forgot about that; while you're at it - get a pack with a shovel pocket and a full face helmet . Cover your full face helmet with NO FEAR stickers
post #7 of 7
Leelau got it right on the point.
His last point though is, well you wanna look like a beginner, so do what he said. (- serious)

It's really not hard hucking some cliffs, you might be lucky and even stand some 40's (feet) right in the first year. But watch out, your health jumps off as easy.

One more advice, IMO the most important for cliffs: Just go above them, don't try to jump off.

No sorry, let's get it straight. I understand your post, but unluckily you won't get many serious answers here. Just get to ride with people who are better than you. BUT ask them before, let THEM asses if you can keep up with your skills.
A backpack is second. First get an avalance receiver.
2. attend some courses to lern how to use it.
3. attend courses about off-piste skiing and security.

If you ever feel unsecure in the air, land on your skis, and through yourself on the back, this might save you some ACL's and other Ligaments.

Oh well, have I said you should get an back-protector?
Well get one. Helmet is compulsory too. Full face is not needed.

If you need any further advice. Watch some videos, go to the same spot and just do it. JUST DO IT (if a big sportscompany told ya so, why not?)

(I have lot's of backcountry experience, and hucked big cliffs - up to 20m, but I wouldn't have done it, had I known the consequences. so keep care)
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