|Dedreer, nice to have someone on board who knows of what they speak.
I don't mean to sound like a nagging mother, but I spent the better part of 9 years skiing competively, 5 doing areials, moguls and Acro, and the last 4 specializing in aerials, and I know how much work goes into it.
Now that I am a coach in the sport, I have to train my athletes to do things properly and model the behavior myself. I really hate seeing people get hurt badly when it could easily be avoided.
I just recently started flipping again after close to 18 years. Granted I have done it on snow too many times to count back in 1982-89, and have spent every summer/fall at the gymnastics centre.
But when it came time to do it again on snow with all my athletes watching, I did what I always used to do, I rode the jump for about a half an hour, getting used to the lip and the physical movements required. Then I stood at the bottom of the jump and just looked at it, visualized myself hitting it over and over again.
Finally I wnet to the top of the hill and stood there for about 5 minutes going through my mental checklist, practiciing my pop (if you miss your pop there is a really good chance of landing on your head) and going through the motions again just like you see the aerialists on the world cup do.
then I let em ride and here is the result:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KqUn0GWKN0
When you're my age though, you can't work if you get hurt, which means you can't pay your mortage, and all the other BS that comes along with being an adult.
I loved it when I could crash hard and miss school and have my parents wait on me hand and foot...lol
Anyway, it is nice to be a part of the forum and chat about this stuff.