Originally Posted by Gleb
Which resorts have the drops?
Most of the big mountains (not resorts, mountains) in New England/New York have decent sized drops if you know where to look or who to ask.
Having watched Sir Glen Plake himself throw a double-back flip at Tucks last year, I can say with confidence that ANY good sized cliff drop (over 10') in the bowl is for extremely strong skiers only. Forget the skills needed to actually get off the cliff, or even initially land the jump -- the speed picked up immediately following the landing is what does most people in.
I'm not saying you are incapable of doing this; to the contrary, I'm of the mindset that half of life is 90% mental. That being said, I would give it a "test run" first by STRAIGHTLINING a good portion of your intended landing zone to get a feel for the speed and forces that you'll experience immediately after touchdown.
Most people can get into the air successfully -- it's the landing that often bites them in the arse. Heed the advice of previous posters with regards to lack of emergency care, time/distance from a hospital, the lives of your buddies, fellow skiers, and volunteer patrol. Also remember that if you seriously wreck yourself, the State of New Hampshire will be presenting you with a bill for your ride out on the whirlybird.
That being said, let me offer two final pieces of advice gleaned from years of landing and not landing jumps & cliff drops:1) One's # of takeoffs shall always = one's # of landings;
2) Always (mentally) follow a flight plan prior to takeoff, and NEVER deviate from it once aloft!
# 2 really applies more to park & pipe stuff (i.e., don't hit a feature thinking "360", than decide halfway through the spin to keep going for a 540 or 720...it never ends well!) than cliff drops, but it never hurts to heed...