I'll save you a lot of pain by first saying this... If ya don't got the landings, work on them first!!!! Throw some big airs that don't require spins and get used to hang time, because without it, your spins will look shabby and hurried. When they look shabby and hurried, there's a good chance you won't stick the landing anyway.
Anyway, big forward airs to start. Get comfortable putting your hands on your skis and throwing maneuvers that make you leave the "normal" upright aerial position. Iron crosses, easy mutes, twisters, etc. The better you are at these, the better you'll be at hunting and sticking your landings. (By "hunting" I mean "Looking for")
Once you have a handle on getting back on the ground and not washing out, you can try spins. First thing's first! It's not the speed at which you rotate that counts, It's the air you have under you. Plenty of air = plenty of time. It's the QUALITY and BALANCE of the rotation that matters. If you leave the ground out of balance, guess what? You're taco meat. If you try to spin before you leave the ground? Taco meat. Go off with confidence and You'll have time to spin. Trying to "whip" the upper body faster will only cause bleeding and pain.
the Spin. The guys are right, the head is the key. Look all the way around until you see your landing. This is called hunting, or "gagging for it". There is one other thing though, the Center of Mass. If you turn your head on top of a static CM, you'll just strain that little muscle in your neck that controls the ability to nod "yes". Think of it this way:
As you leave the hit, imagine a string that reaches from your chin to your belly button. As yor head turns, you have to move the center portion of your body, not the shoulders, along with it, or the string breaks. Try it without skis on, you'll see. Jump in the air and just turn your head... nothing right? Now jump and rotate EVERYTHING along with your head. Hopefully you see what I mean because it's the same thing on skis.
Most of the time when people have trouble with 3's it's because they fear landing sideways. So do I. That's why I waited for a nice fluffy day to learn. Once you get one or two under your belt, you're good to go even on the stiff days. Good luck and don't jack yourself up!
<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ November 26, 2001 08:42 PM: Message edited 1 time, by Notorious Spag ]</font>