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To Air Hurts? Or is Human.....

post #1 of 9
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One of the weak to non existent parts of my skiing repertoire is air. I'd really like to make some progress in that area this season with a goal of maybe getting 8-10 feet (and landing it - and skiing the next day! [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img] ) at some point in the future. Anyone know of any dryland training/exercises/activities that I can work on now that I can take to the slopes in Dec or Jan?

Tks! [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #2 of 9
Get on a tramp and jump for hours. It's an air awareness issue. You have to develop a calm mind as you're flying.

Also small jumps, straight ahead, on a mountain bike are useful. Just lift the whole bike up underneath you over small potholes.

Remember, you can't get hurt in the air. Landings....? Of course.

Yours in great huck.

Weems

[ October 20, 2002, 08:42 AM: Message edited by: weems ]
post #3 of 9
This is one of those topics I can speak of from a bimechanical/sports medicine perspective, even though I have not been skiing long enough myself to take 'big air'.

Weems is right on about the trampoline training. But if you don't have knee problems, you may also want to think about plyometrics, to take advantage of ground reaction forces.
post #4 of 9
Yikes, double post!

[ October 20, 2002, 05:04 PM: Message edited by: Lisamarie ]
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
Lisamarie,

No knee problems to date. I will look into plyometrics.

Tks
post #6 of 9
The landing sequence on a plyometric jump should be toe, ball, heal, squat. There should be very little sound when you lend. When we get to Solitude, I can do an assesment of your total body alignment, to determine whether there are any muscle imbalances that would impede your technique.
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
LM,

Tks Look forward to it!
post #8 of 9
I really need to work on my air as well. I'm just too big of a wuss!
post #9 of 9
I'm sure the coaches can work out some basic intro sequences to building safe air time in small, unthreatening increments. It's like anything else. If you build it right, it's really accessible. And huge fun. And for me, air is a safety mechanism in bumps. If I hold my landing gear up long enough, I don't smack into the upside of the bump.

Just make sure and bring it up with the coach you ski with. It takes just a few minutes to show you your own take home progression.
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