Every skier regardless of their experience has at least once dreamt of doing the freestyle skiing. Although freestyle skiing sounds fun, it comes with a lot of risks. They seem little tough at starting but with little practice and techniques anyone will be able to do them. All you need is determination and little hard work to pull off these tricks.
This beginner guide will help you in understanding the freestyle skiing tricks.
Types Of Jumping
There are two types of jumping that are involved with the freestyle skiing.
Springing- This is the first technique that most of the beginners start with. It is very simple and easy to balance too. The skier should compress the body first and then should jump upwards creating the required momentum. Both knee and hip will be brought to as low as possible, and then they just jump upwards by fully extending the body. Once they are in the air, they will bring the chest close to knees for the aerodynamic purposes.
Ollie- Ollie is a little bit tough jumping technique, and it is advised for the beginners not to try it so soon. The skier should lean forward and then throw the weight backward. This will let back of skies bend, and front tips will come of ground. Now gently the skier will lean forward again and use spring from skis to jump into the air. After going into the air, they tuck the body to maintain balance upon landing. If this is perfected, the skier will be able to get more air time.
Freestyle Skiing Tricks
Air To Fakie
Air to Fakie is a different trick, and it is better for beginners not to opt it until some time. The skier will do a 180 or 360-degree turn in the air and then rides backward after landing. Sounds complicated right! It is complicated, but this trick is pretty famous, and most of the skiers love to try it at least once. At first, the skier starts by riding down the hill at a moderate speed and then he/she will start the turn by twisting their hips and shoulders in the direction that they like to spin. While doing this, they crouch down and shift weight to the back foot. The front part of the ski will be lifted first following the later part. Once your board is in air, twist the body as you want but make sure to land with both the feet. They will crouch a bit to reduce the impact.
Usually, kids do this with cycle. They balance with one tire while the other one is in air. The ski wheelies technique is similar to that. The back tires of ski stay on the ground while frontend remains in the air. This is one of the simplest techniques to do, and it makes a person comfortable with the board too. To initiate this wheelie, the skier crouches slightly and leans backward, then shift their weight onto the back foot, and lift the front foot up. Now they try to hold this position for as much as time possible. This freestyle skiing trick is perfect for beginners.