How to Learn New Ski Tricks

How to Learn New Ski Tricks
Part of the fun of riding the chairlift is seeing good skiers pull off jumps and tricks on steep terrain. Many skiers like to congregate at terrain parks to watch people do aerials and ride the rails and other features, trying to get ideas for improving their own tricks or doing new ones.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Step 1
Practice skiing both forwards and backwards. Many modern tricks begin with the skier starting backwards and then spinning forwards. Twin-tip skis greatly facilitate skiing backwards and are a worthwhile investment if you plan to pursue trick skiing.
Step 2
Get comfortable in the air. Almost every ski trick will involve having your skis leave the snow at some point. Find small jumps on intermediate trails and practice going off them; you can even practice by going off of moguls.

Work on your landings, maintaining your balance at all times. Learn to keep your balance centered as you land, not on your heels and not too far in front, which will make you fall.
Step 3
Practice keeping your upper body quiet. Excessive movement with the torso will throw you off balance and cause you to fall. Again, mogul skiing is very good practice for learning how to keep your torso quiet. Practice skiing moguls with your shoulders square to the fall line of the slope, and make the turns with your lower body.
Step 4
Start slowly, but not too slowly. When working on a new trick, you don't want to try it full tilt, but you will need to maintain enough speed that you can actually do the trick.

Tips & Warnings

Trick skiing carries with it a potential for serious injury. Make sure your skis are kept in good condition, and consider wearing a helmet to reduce the risk of a head injury in the event of a fall.

Article Written By Candace Horgan

Candace Horgan has worked as a freelance journalist for more than 12 years. Her work has appeared in various print and online publications, including the "Denver Post" and "Mix." Horgan holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and history.

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