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Skiing The Halfpipe?

post #1 of 9
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Do any of you do it? I've seen a few skiers on the halfpipe at Brighton (UT), and it looks like a lot of fun.

Any suggestions for a newbie to the pipe? Should I bring my old shorter skis?

How 'bout lessons? Anyone know of a good teacher in Utah for this sort of thing?

post #2 of 9
It IS fun. Bring a helmet. I am learning the pipe in the Ski School of Hard Knocks.
post #3 of 9
Instruction in that area may be hard 2 find. Just drop in and ski 1/4 the way up the wall. Then try 1/2. Before you know it you'll be cresting the lip, this is where things get exciting. It's all about getting comfortable with the new set of motions.
Helmet=good idea, the walls and lips are usually rock hard.
If you don't do it this year...
post #4 of 9
Best tip I ever got for skiing in the pipe was to not use my poles. It worked out great. Try to learn how to ski the pipe with your feet, and use the poles only to get yourself out of trouble. I spent about two days in the pipe without poles at all, and before long I was able to climb the wall, time the take-off, and air out above the coping. Tons of fun!

By not using the poles to plant and airplane around, I found it was easier to get used to the fact that I was going to be in the air sideways. When I did use poles, I kept finding myself returning to a more upright place and catching some weird (and painful) landings.

Once you get used to those feelings, bring the poles with you and COWBOY UP. (or COWGIRL UP... however you take it!!)

Spag :
post #5 of 9
I get dragged in screaming by my instructor.
Don't ask me for a tip - I just try hard to scream less.

Instructor is good in pipe - so the other instructors tell me - I'm too scared to watch him.

he will give lessons - is on private desk at Deer Valley - Brett Plumridge (Aussie)
post #6 of 9
Few tips (?) from here too...

1.Get your helmet.
2.Wear it.
3.Riding the wall at the right angle is crucial.
To low angle (too much sideways, you know?!)
and you end up loosing speed. Which may result
in "quick lesson to land in fakie". With too high angle
(going too much down hill) you pick too much speed,
and you easily end up on the lip.
4. Pushing of the wall. Its like jumping from a hit.
Bend your knees, relax and a straighten your legs
slowly when riding up the wall. Add a small "punch"
just before you leave the lip. To little, you end laying
on the lip. To much,you crash to the bottom of the pipe.
In the air just rotate your skis slowly to the downhill
downhill direction. Keep your knees close to the chest
like jumping from jumps.
5. When you begin to land, slowly extend your feet so
you touch the sidewall of the pipe, run down the wall
with your knees bent a bit and straighten them at the
bottom of the concave. This way you pick your speed
up for the next air. Just like in skateboarding.
6.Prepare for pain...

post #7 of 9
Half pipe instruction maybe hard to come by. I know people that do it, but none that teach it. A helmet is a good idea.

Start by skiing the pipe near the entrance. You will see good boarders and skiers drop in from the lip. Not a good idea if you are new. Keep your body as perpendicular to the slope as possible, like the mast of sailboat to the boat. You don’t need short skis to do the pipe. I ski our super pipe with 181 cm Rossi 9X racing skis. The pipe will be icy have sharp edges.

To go high up the walls to the lip you have to ski almost straight up the side. You will need to have some speed to get to the lip. You don’t need to ski to the lip. Go half-way up and learn to spin your body back down to the trough. I find retracting my legs is helpful when spinning. If you push off the wall you may end up landing lower on the transition or worse in the trough. Keep your eyes moving to look where you want to go. It will feel like you are looking way up when you are going down the wall to the bottom while you are looking at the lip on the other wall. I use my poles. I plant the pole on the wall that I’ll be spinning around.

Good luck, I hope you have medical insurance. Our super pipe is at the bottom of the mountain right in front of first aid. Ha, ha, ha.

post #8 of 9
peace pipe

pipe dream

[ January 09, 2003, 07:46 AM: Message edited by: ryan ]
post #9 of 9
I'd suggest using softer flexing skis. They take some of the "sting" out the wall's transition.
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