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post #1 of 10
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I've been learning to jump - mostly around three foot vert and maybe four feet hori. - yesterday I landed in a sitting position - tried to turn to slow while sitting - big mistake. A few jumps later I did the same thing, but was able to stand up and save it. Question is, what am I doing wrong - the jump is so fast and short that I don't have time to think about anything...

Anyone know of resources for watching slow motion jumps?

p.s. It's funny - every time I think I'm slowing enough for the jump but after I launch I'm going way to far out.. hehe


post #2 of 10

You are risking a knee injury when you try to get up from a sitting position. If you insist on trying to save the landing, at least keep your hands above your knees when you do this. Otherwise you should just lean over to the side and crash.

To avoid sitting in the first place, stay low to your skis on the approach ramp and then extend up and a little forward at the lip of the jump. If your weight is back when you take off, it will be back when you land and thus you sit.
post #3 of 10
Also, just try a few more jumps, you should be able to get the hang of it. I found that (and I still do it, but am working on it) I tend to sit down when I catch bigger air as I get a little panicked and try to absorb too much shock when I land and sit.

Don't go too slowly if the jump has a flat top or you may get a hard landing. I found landing on the tails seems to help with that, but better yet is to just make sure I land on a down slope. Maybe try a few small drops too as it gives you a similar feeling, but I have never sat down after a drop like I do on jumps.

post #4 of 10
another thing to consider is looking at the jump takeoff itself. Is it a properly formed jump that ramps up and flattens out for the last few feet or does it progressively curve the entire distance to the lip. If it progressively curves all the way to the lip, popping, even properly popping forward is not necessarily the answer. If this is the case, try to stand a little taller on the inrun and don't pop so much as unweight when leaving the ramp (pop with basically just the ankles and not so much full body pop).
post #5 of 10
What kind of hit is this? Is it something in the park or is a shoddily built little trailside kicker that some kids put together without ski patrol knowing about?

Being on well-built hits can instantly make a difference on your position in the air and the possibility of injury.
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
Two of the jumps are ramps with a kicker on the end - sort of forces my skis to pop up right at contact. It's a bit disconcerting. The third is more a hill with a drop on the end - no ramp. This is the one I get distance on but landed sitting down. All three built by the park staff, but worked on later by boarders rebuilding it. It would be great if I could do jump after jump, but only three then ten minutes on the lift, so I lose the rythm/feel of the jump.


post #7 of 10
Use the lift time to think about what you're going to do next time down. Alternately, you could hike back up and go down again. I did that a few times when I was first going off of a groomed jump. I didn't get much speed as I didn't hike up really far, but I got enough to get the feel of it a bit. Part of it is just getting the legs extended a bit I think. That's why I think a drop would be a good place to get the feel down a little since you don't get launched, you just drop and land. Once you know how you're landing that, then try to land similarly from a small jump. If you can do that, I'm sure you'll be able to go bigger with practice.

I seriously see a lot of boarders at one place I ski walking back up though, so it isn't uncommon to walk up a bit and go again instead of taking the lift all over. That is mainly on the small jump, the people hitting the larger one at that area don't normally bother walking up, so I figure they must have more experience.

post #8 of 10
anybody know how to jump on skis from a flat and get good air? Kind of like a bunnyhop a bike if you know what im talking about? is it possible on skis
post #9 of 10
If you have a springy park ski, you can Ollie. You flex way back on the tails and then move up and forward letting the tail of the ski bounce you up into the air. If I could do it better, maybe I could describe it better. This is how you are supposed to get onto those rails that are off the ground and not connected to a kicker.
post #10 of 10
When I jump I usually do the following.

-Keep my eyes on the jump while heading in
-push into the face of the jump and pop off the top
-Keep my eyes on the landing, and tuck knees up
-Extend legs on the way down, absorb the landing and ski out.

Not landing on flat hardpack definately helps you to stay upright on your feet.
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