|Originally posted by nolo:
Okay, Roto, you have my undivided attention. I am skiing Tues-Thurs this week. I teach four hours each day, leaving me about one hour to devote to this life hurdle. I am completely committed to doing it THIS WEEK, tomorrow if possible.
I have snowblades, if you'd like to include them in the progression.
Well... i really like to be with people during this, because there are a lot of nuances in how people try to spin that are good to tune out of the mix before trying a 360. Geez, I feel like we should enter into some sort of contract or something.
but here goes anyway: EDIT!!:Most of the spin development practice occurs on-snow, with no jumping/air. EDIT!!
---------------------straight run to 180
a) important: the 180 should be initiated/completed with the look only no wedge/edge interaction with snow
get to where you can complete a number of these linked w/straight runs (yes including switch straight runs!)
SR-180-SSR-180-SR-180-SSR-180Straight run to 360
Now that you can do the 180 w/o edge interaction w/the snow, straight run, drop the arm opposite of spin dir. (rt if you spin left, left if you spin rt) back. As you make the look, draw that arm around in front of your eyes. this should add enough momentum to create the non-stop 360.Quick 360
Nearly the same as the prior 360, BUT, make the arm move along with the look, do not let your hand catch up with your eyes. important! the hand should remain close to eye level throughout the spin.
This should bring a quick, smooth 360 around. try some continuous ones.
Now you are ready for a jump. Hopefully you have a small, comfy hit that does not require much speed that you are used to. If you don't, find one. If there is a terrain park where you ski, some of the small hits they build in front of rails serve perfectly if you take them at a slight angle to avoid the rail. If you have a choice of several, pick the steeper of them.
Take the jump a few times; slow, fast then medium. When you do the 3, you want the medium speed. do not speed check on the way into the ramp
Now have a friend, or coach stand beyond the jump so they can wave to you for someone to look for to make sure you look all the way around (this works better than picking a target)
Approach the jump at the medium speed. Flex slightly. Pop the jump and make the quick 360 move. Make sure your hand remains about eye level. Do not let it catch up to your eyes.
An option in the progression, to learn the pop move is:straight run - air to 180.
Use the Quick 360 move, but slowly flex during your straight run until you feel a powerful stance. Without waiting, pop the Quick move and land at 180. When you do the 360, time your flex so you are at the powerful stance as you reach the lip of the jump.
Inclusion of the snowlerblades is up to you. It would allow the use of a smaller jump, but is not necessary. If you find you have a high level of discomfort when you get ready to try it on your skis, use the blades, but make sure you do not end it there. Keep going until you do it on your skis
One final note. If you are not going to make it, or are not going to land balanced, do not fight the fall. Go with it. Let yourself fall. Especially if you turn the 3 but land in the back seat. Fighting the fall is how most people get hurt.
Now that we are at the end of this. I think it is a tad wordy, or cumbersome, but without being able to be there I need to include more, or maybe not. Should I edit it down?[ March 17, 2003, 10:36 PM: Message edited by: Roto ]