Pipe Tricks Skiing

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.

  1. Ride up the Wall just as you would for a straight air
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. How to 360 in a Halfpipe pop

  5. 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.
  6. How to 360 in a Halfpipe Land

  7. Land Switch and ride away!
Pipe Tricks Skiing

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!

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. How to straight Air in a Pipe angle

  4. As you ride up the wall, keep your weight 90 degrees to the wall(Don’t lean back!).
  5. 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.
  6. How to straight Air in a Pipe popHow to straight Air in a Pipe turn

  7. Land on your uphill edge and carve across the bottom of the pipe to the next wall
  8. How to straight Air in a Pipe land

  9. Now you can try and get higher and more confident each time and you can start nailing some other tricks in the halfpipe!
Pipe Tricks Skiing

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.

  1. 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!).
  2. 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.
  3. How to Drop into a Halfpipe Skiing

  4. 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.
  5. How to Drop into a Halfpipe

  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. How to Drop into a Halfpipe Suck Legs

  9. 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)
  10. How to Drop into a Halfpipe Pumping

  11. 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.
  12. Have fun, It is a great feeling when you get the timing an pop just perfect.