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 Snowboarding

How to ride halfpipe with Dan Wakeham

This is a tutorial from Britain’s best halfpipe rider Dan Wakeham. Here he goes through three tricks:

  • The Backside air
  • Air to Fakie
  • McTwist

Top Tips

  • Backside air and air to fakieMake sure you wait untill you are at the coping before popping and turning your shoulders else you will loose height and speed for the trick
  • McTwistFor this trick you should commit, if you don’t commit, it will hurt. So get it it in your head and nail it!
Pipe Tricks Snowboarding

Halfpipe – Common Mistakes

Common mistakes to avoid in the halfpipe Tips roundup:

  • Keep your legs bent and nice and soft,this should be the same for all aspects of riding
  • Pump the walls of the Pipe to keep and gain speed
  • Take baby steps, start out slow and get the feel for the pipe and nail the basics before you try and boos out of the pipe