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post #1 of 9
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Been skiing forever and a day, but just started entering the terrain park and pipe. Everytime I go up a side of the pipe I land on the top, not coming back down smoothly. Do I need to pop back towards the center of the pipe right before clearing the top edge?
post #2 of 9
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Originally Posted by Beotchsadie View Post
Been skiing forever and a day, but just started entering the terrain park and pipe. Everytime I go up a side of the pipe I land on the top, not coming back down smoothly. Do I need to pop back towards the center of the pipe right before clearing the top edge?
Yes.
post #3 of 9
No.
post #4 of 9
It depends.
post #5 of 9
It depends on how the walls are cut. If the top of the walls are perfectly vertical, you won't need to pop. How often are things perfect? Some poorly maintained pipes have (more than vertical) walls that actually direct you back into the pipe as you clear the lip. Clearly you don't want to launch off that and drop all the way to the bottom. So most pipes, if they are going to err, will err at sending you out of the pipe instead of to the bottom. Besides having a slight angle less than vertical will let you pop off the wall to get extra vert and have more time for tricks as you leave the pipe. You just don't want to pop too hard and land on the bottom instead of the wall. It really sucks when you land flat on the bottom.

So yes, if you're always landing on the top instead of the wall. Do more pop. But add a little pop at a time instead of just popping hard. And remember it is best to inspect the pipe before you dropping in so that you can minimize the guesswork for how hard to pop.
post #6 of 9
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Originally Posted by therusty View Post
It depends on how the walls are cut. If the top of the walls are perfectly vertical, you won't need to pop. How often are things perfect? Some poorly maintained pipes have (more than vertical) walls that actually direct you back into the pipe as you clear the lip. Clearly you don't want to launch off that and drop all the way to the bottom. So most pipes, if they are going to err, will err at sending you out of the pipe instead of to the bottom. Besides having a slight angle less than vertical will let you pop off the wall to get extra vert and have more time for tricks as you leave the pipe. You just don't want to pop too hard and land on the bottom instead of the wall. It really sucks when you land flat on the bottom.

So yes, if you're always landing on the top instead of the wall. Do more pop. But add a little pop at a time instead of just popping hard. And remember it is best to inspect the pipe before you dropping in so that you can minimize the guesswork for how hard to pop.
Classic Rusty...such a "Stirrer". Good post...totally agree.
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the explanation.
post #8 of 9
Err, unless the pipe is in truly horrific shape you shouldn't need to pop very much at all, most of the time when I am teaching in the pipe I try to get people to pop less, you only need a very small amount of air to change edges and adjust the direction of your skis.

If you are 'rolling out' or hitting part of the deck rather than transitioning smoothly, a possible cause would be a poor body position. It's super common to see people breaking at the waist as they ski up the wall, this makes popping and rotating correctly difficult as your weight is too far forward and if you reach the top you can't change your body position to re-enter the pipe properly.

So as you ski up the wall think about feeling upright and centred or even a little back, I try to feel the back of my calves on my boots and I also find looking up and out of the pipe helps a lot as well. If you have the right stance it will be much easier to transition smoothly and land on the correct edges.

Obviously having not seen you ski this could be inaccurate for you but this is a really common problem. What size pipe are you skiing in? Where?
post #9 of 9
a good analogy is swinging on a park swing . as you move up the tranny absorb the incline by flexing your body . As you run up the vert smoothly extend your body and then draw it back up as you near the apex of your air .look back into the bottom of the pipe(imp.) and throw your arm across your body to turn in the air . extend the body to absorb the landing after you descend past the lip again . Avoid any kind of "pop" it will create weird movements that will not have good outcomes .
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