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RIP Sarah Burke
Sarah Burke was a Canadian Freestyle Skier, Widely regarded as one of the best and most influential in the world. She helped push freestyle Skiing events in to the Olympics and was a gold medal contender for the 2014 Olympics.
She Was Severely injured on the 11th January whilst riding at Park City, training in the Superpipe. Now, eight days later she has passed away due to cardiac arrest.
How to 360 in the Halfpipe
This is how to do a 360 in the halfpipe from Fall Line Skiing. Before doing this trick you should be able to Straight Air and preferably but not crucially 360 on a Kicker. You should also be able to ride Switch.
- Ride up the Wall just as you would for a straight air
- Timing for the pop is crucial, if you pop to early you will loose all your momentum. Pop when you get to the top of the pipe or when you as high up the wall as you are going to get.
- As you pop you need to turn your head and shoulders hard into the rotation, this will initiate the spin, Again do not do this too early.
- Keep looking round past your landing so that you are facing back up the pipe, this will mean that you have done a 360. Unfortunately it also means you are landing switch and you cant see your landing aswell.
- Land Switch and ride away!
How to Straight air in the Pipe
This is How to Straight Air in a halfpipe on Ski’s. You should be able to drop in to the halfpipe before doing this simple but crucial trick. You should also be able to Carve to get the most out of the pipe, else you will just be churning it up.
A good thing to check out is Common Mistakes in the Halfpipe, It is made for snowboarders but a lot of it is relevant to skiers aswell, So check it out!
- Fist off Start small, you won’t be able to just ride into the halfpipe and get 10 foot of air straight away, start lower down and work your way up the wall as your confidence, skill and feel of the halfpipe increases.
- You should be carving up the wall at an angle facing slightly down the halfpipe, if you go straight up the wall you will loose all speed.
- As you ride up the wall, keep your weight 90 degrees to the wall(Don’t lean back!).
- As you get to the edge of the halfpipe or almost to a stop(whichever comes first) you need to pop and turn your head and shoulders down back into the pipe, your legs will follow and you should land facing down the pipe again at a slight angle.
- Land on your uphill edge and carve across the bottom of the pipe to the next wall
- Now you can try and get higher and more confident each time and you can start nailing some other tricks in the halfpipe!
How to drop into a Pipe on Ski’s
This is how to drop into a pipe on Ski’s with with Fall line Skiing. A basic but fundamental trick to be able to do in order to ride pipe well.
- Start off dropping in at the beginning of the pipe where the transition is smaller and it has less of a distance to fall if you mess up at all(we all do sometimes!).
- Start by riding along the edge of the pipe at a relatively slow speed, this gives you the most time to think and control what you are doing.
- Focus on where you want to drop in and when you get close, turn very slightly towards the pipe. this will set you up for the drop in.
- Just before you ride over the edge(The tips of your ski’s should not be over the edge yet) pop a very small ollie into the pipe. This is less of an ollie and more of sucking your legs up over the lip of the pipe. So as you pop a small ollie, suck your legs right up and lean forward to get yourself and your ski’s parallel to the wall of the pipe
- Now because you have sucked your legs up you will have been able to do a smaller ollie, then enabling you to stay closer to the wall of the pipe.
- As you go over the lip of the pipe you can then extend your legs again to contact the wall again and ride down the wall. As you ride down the Wall push up from your legs to generate power and speed(called pumping)
- As you do this more you will be able to get a feeling for the amount you have to pop to land higher up the wall, the higher you land up the wall the faster you can go and the higher you will get out of the other side of the pipe.
- Have fun, It is a great feeling when you get the timing an pop just perfect.
How To 360 on Ski’s
This is how to 360 on ski’s with Fall Line Skiing. You should be able to 180 and preferably Switch 180 Before doing this trick.
- Run up to the Kicker with a good amount of speed to comfortably clear the knuckle.
- As you get to the lip of the Kicker you want to rotate your upper body as you would for a 180 but with a bit more power behind it to give you the extra spin. You should time this so your upper body has started the spin before you pop, your legs will then follow.
- You will now be looking back at the kicker but if you keep looking you will spot the landing again just like a switch 180.
- To speed the rotation up, tuck up, to slow it down, open up.
- Land facing forwards and ride away.
How to Backflip on ski’s
This is How to Backflip on ski’s from Fall Line Skiing. This trick is all about commitment, it is actually very easy.
I suggest being able to backflip on a trampoline beforehand as it will give you the confidence and the feel of doing a backflip, but in a safer environment.
- So you need to run in just as you would for a straight air, plenty of speed and a nice wide stance.
- Wait till you get to the lip of the kicker before jumping else you could knock yourself out on the Kicker! A good tip is to focus on jumping upwards and not backwards, if you can backflip already this will be a natural feeling.
- Do the flip! Lead with your head and your body will follow. If you are on a small jump and are tight on time then tuck your knees up for extra rotatory speed, else just lay back and chill out.
- You should spot your landing pretty quickly at which point you can judge how fast you need to spin to get on your feet, when you want to bring your feet underneath you again just tuck your knees up.
- Absorb the landing and ride away a happy person!
How to Switch 180 on Ski’s
How to do a switch 180 from Fall line Skiing. Before doing this trick you should be able to do straight airs and ride Switch.
- Start off by Practising on the flat. Ride switch and then get the feel for popping a 180.
- Once you are comfortable with that you can take it to the kicker. Riding switch feels faster so make sure you have enough speed to clear the knuckle.
- Once you get to the lip of the jump, pop as you normally would and simply turn your head and shoulders, your feet will follow. If you try and initiate the spin you will over rotate unless you are on a very small kicker
- Land it and ride away stoked!
How to Ride switch on Ski’s
This is how to ride Switch on ski’s, an essential skill to progress with freestyle skiing. Skiing switch isn’t actually all that hard, it just takes commitment and focus to nail it.
- Start on a nice gentle slope and get a little speed up, it is actually easier if you have some decent speed
- The best way to do the turns is to bee looking round to the outside of your turns, rather than the inside which you would for going forwards. This will help you transfer your weight onto the correct edges and turn your ski’s.
- Try and keep your ski’s as parallel as possible and avoid the snowplough.
- As you nail the turns on the nursery slopes, try taking it to some slightly steeper ones with some more speed.
- Commitment is the key, set aside a morning or even day to learning to ride switch.
How to Tail press on Ski’s
How to do a Tail press on a rail from Fall Line Skiing. Before doing this trick you should be able to slide along a rail fine.
- Pop onto the rail as you normally would.
- Once you are on the rail with your weight central over your ski’s, push your boots forwards and lean back to counter act it. you should now be sliding along the tails of your ski’s. Remember to concentrate on still staying 90 degrees to the rail, if you differ then you could wash out out catch an edge.
- Pop off as Usual