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HI all, I have just registered, this place looks like a great resource. I have skied my whole life, and had not skied for while and am just taking it up again. I had lessons when I was young and then was in ski school for a few years, I think I have will have my kids folow this pattern as well.

My big question is about jumping, and I am not referring to tricks like spinning around and stuff. When I learned to ski, no one ever focused on how to take jumps, so I would like to know what is the proper preparation, and execution of how do this. I like to ski in snow parks, which didn`t exist when I was younger, but I do not feel confident enough to take these bigger jumps with a lot of speed without feeling like I know some fundamental basics. Keep in mind I have been doing this for many many years, but before I try on my own to take it to the next level in jumping, I want to get away from any bad habits I may have right now.

Thanks a lot
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Huck a 15-Footer

Try this article:

Huck a 15-Footer

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First off, please be aware of "smart style" (a short equivalent to Your Responsibility Code for park and pipe):
Look Before You Leap
Easy Style It
Respect gets Respect
You'll see specific examples of these points in the advice below.

One method used for learning jumping is to break down the jump into 4 pieces: Approach, Takeoff, Maneuver and Landing. Always inspect the jump before taking it. On bigger jumps this will necessitate a "wasted" run in order to inspect the landing. When you're inspecting the Approach, you are looking for things like where you're starting point will be, if there is a double fall line that will cause drift on the run in, what kind of ramp is involved and if there will be a compression as you get on the ramp. For Takeoff, you want to know what kind of "lip" is on the jump so that you can plan how much and what kind of jump you want to do at takeoff. Even for simple airs (i.e. no tricks, grabs or spins) you want to plan the Maneuver portion for how long you will be in the air and the path you will take. This will help you plan the Landing. During your inspection you want to identify the safe (i.e. non flat) portion of the landing ramp. Pick the middle third of this zone as your targeted landing area. Watch others to get a sense of the speed necessary to hit in this zone until you have enough experience to intuitively know the right speed from the construction of the jump (with the knowledge that even experienced jumpers can sometimes get fooled).

In general, you want to have the assistance of a spotter on larger jumps, stay low on approach, extend on takeoff, stay compact in the air, extend before landing and softly absorb the landing by bending the knees as you land. Before you start your approach run, if there are other people waiting for the jump, it's polite to call "next" after the person in front of you starts and then "dropping in" before you start.

You want to start small and work your way up to larger jumps, but sometimes this is not perfectly possible, especially with table top jumps (these are jumps with a flat spot between the take off and landing ramps). For table tops, you can start small by planning on landing on the flat spot and then increasing the "air" distance as you get more comfortable. As your landing spot nears the end of the table, it becomes easier to go for the extra air to land on the ramp instead. For other types of jumps, you can often shrink them by using the sides either for a shorter take off or landing point.

Many resorts are now offering Terrain Park Lessons that can offer this kind of information in more detail, guide you to the best places to practice and help speed up your learning curve.

The last point is to do your Mom a favor - wear a helmet.
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