Originally Posted by mdf
In the Jamie Pierre thread, somebody said you can't land on you skis above a certain height without hurting yourself. But in the last photo it looks like Tyronne is going to land square to his skis? What gives?
Also, that landing zone looks awfully flat. How deep was the snow?
The statement about not being able to land squarely on your skis, stomp in otherwords, on cliffs above a certain height is true. The angle of the landing also plays a factor, but above a certain point I don't feel comfortable attempting to stomp a landing.
In the case of the Big Jim's cliff in the pictures above, I definitely didn't want to attempt to stomp it. If you click on that last picture where I'm nearing the landing, open it up to its largest size, you'll see i'm starting to angle my body to the side. I wanted to take most of the impact on my side or hip to distribute the impact forces along a greater area of my body rather than directing the impact directly to my knees and lower back if I had gone for a stomp.
Big Jim's is roughly 50 - 60 feet or so depending on snow level and it has a relatively flat landing. There is a very small steeper transition that sits close to the base of the cliff, so you have to try and hit that to lessen the blow. Also, the snow in the landing was about 1.5 - 2 feet of fresh on top of softer crud from previous storms (nearly perfect).
This past season I was about a year and a half out from ACL reconstruction so it was rare that I was going for stomps on my feet and was mainly hip checking and backslapping bigger airs. My friend Nate, who went before me on Big Jim's, pretty much came as close as I've seen anyone stomp it on his feet and ride it out cleanly. But I wasn't even thinking about trying to do that due to the fears I had about my knee.
Here are some other pics from a different cliff, Hospital Air. These pics have been posted alot, but are pertinent to your questions I think. Hospital Air is about twice the size of Big Jim's, and of course, landing on my feet would have gotten me hurt, so the objective was to land on my back. Shoulder blades touching down first is actually ideal as when your heels touch down last, it will be easier for the impact to "pop" you back up onto your feet.
These photos illustrate what I mean:
And a closer look at the moment of impact...landing forces distributed over a greater surface area into a few feet of snow.
As I said, the impact when you land like this it generally pops you back onto your feet and you can ride it out. Which is pretty much happened, but I had to stop about 10 feet down when I realized I lost a pole in the bombhole.
*Also, just as important as landing appropriately, and building your skills on smaller cliffs is to wear the appropriate gear -> Helmet, mouthguard, spine protector/back armor, etc.*
I guess this has gotten a little off topic but I wanted to make sure I addressed the question.
EDIT: Also -- Watch this video of Julian Carr on YouTube. Julian is pretty much the master at this right now and he explains it a bit herehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiL49xRz9LQ