I went through this myself in about 1976 in Vail. My friends had built a kicker on the hillside up above their condo and one of them was doing backs and Mobius's - thought it was my turn.
No one else was there. I put on my skiis, walked up about 60 feet above the kicker and stood there for 45 minutes staring at the kicker and thinking about it (visualizing). I finally went, threw myself up and back, looked for the landing and hit it. I WAS REALLY LUCKY.
Yes, your center of gravity is lower (you pivot maybe around your belly) and you come around more slowly. First, you need the right kicker - steep. Next, a steep landing so you don't hit hard. Truly, I would try it on water first, if you can. Next best would be a trampoline, but that's rather dangerous too with skis (use a rope spotter). A helmet won't help you if you land short - its your neck.
Eventually I used to go upside down a lot, but what these guys do today scares the heck out of me. Just do what you're capable of
- please don't risk your whole life for the sake of a stupid video clip.
Originally Posted by lonewolf210
Please don't flame me about how dangerous this is I am aware.
Anyways I am very proficient at flips on diving boards and trampolines and have been thinking about transferring it to my skiing and had a quick question. Its not so much about the mechanics of the flip itself but about how the skis affect my rotation.
From a physics stand point the extra weight from skis and boots will cause a slight lowering of my center of gravity. Is it enough to notice and if so is it enough to cause any changes in the feeling/mechanics. My experience from spins is that it will affect it a little but not enough to worry about. Any help is appreciated.