- 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.
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!
- 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!
Dan Gillespie takes us through the 180 on ski’s. Before doing this trick you should be able to do straight airs and ride switch(at least for a little bit!).
- Start by practising on the flat ground, find out which way you prefer to spin and get user to the action of turning your head and shoulders into the rotation, once you have nailed this you can move onto a small kicker or feature(like the side of the piste).
- Ride up to the Kicker with a good amount of speed, nice wide base and confident that you will nail it.
- As you get to the lip you want to pop as you would for a straight air but this time you need to turn your head and shoulders into the direction you want to spin, this will initiate the spin.
- Keep looking round to keep the spin going and you should land facing up hill.
Dan Gillespie Shows us how to Straight air on Ski’s.
- Approach with a medium amount of speed, with knees slightly bent and legs shoulder width apart to give a solid base to start.
- Pop(Jump) just before the end of the kicker whilst maintaining body position with shoulders and head focused in a forward direction to keep you straight
- Tuck your legs up whilst in the air to maintain balance
- Stick your landing gear down and ride away!
Once you have mastered this, you can then move onto grabs and spins on ski’s.