Originally Posted by dchan
You could be. Watch Nick when he lands his heli. He actually hits the snow with the skis ready to engage his first turn.
It's great to watch Nick ski because everytime his skis leave the snow, (which happens a lot at the speeds he was moving) he just moves to the next set of edges and puts them back in the snow right into the new turn.
Not that I look anything like Nick,
: but when I go off cornices, I use his technique of having my skis ready to engage my first turn. That is how I was taught to do it, and it certainly makes me feel in control for my landing. It would, of course, be very difficult if not impossible to do this into a super-narrow chute, where you'd be straight-running your line. But I do not launch cornices into tight chutes, only into wide-enough landings to make nice turns. Must be that self-preservation thing kicking in...
I was also told to think of a pouncing cougar and emulate that when getting air.
Jeez, there must be some other ladies here who launch cornices. Pipe up with your thoughts!