Expert Ski Lessons #9.1 – How to Jump on Skis

Expert Ski Lessons #9.1 - How to Jump on Skis
Learning how to jump on skis is a great skill to have. It can help get you out of difficult situations, avoid obstacles, adjust your line and add a fun element to your skiing. In this lesson professional ski instructor Darren Turner takes you through the basics of jumping on skis. As with a lot of skiing jumping can cause injury so progress gradually and be safe.

This ski lesson series is aimed at building on your advanced skiing technique and helping make you an Expert all mountain skier.

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  1. I can't practice jumping on skis while not moving cause I don't want to make my friends wait for me and I don't want to look like an idiot XD

  2. I like how on a previous video someone was lauding this excellent skier for not being a wimp and skiing without a helmet. But here we are, and he's now wearing a helmet. It's your choice. Skiing is a dangerous sport. Wear one if you want to or not. I love skiing but I always wear a helmet. I have a brother that got a concussion when skiing once and he was wearing a helmet and the helmet broke on impact. But I don't think anybody should be required to wear one. Do want you want. That's the libertarian way!

  3. I spent 1 day last year in it's entirety in the Snow Park due to very poor snow conditions. You're completely right about starting off small, getting the hang of what it feels like to be in the air, and increase the jump size as your confidence increases. By the end of the day I was on the biggest jumps in the park, and at the start of the day none of us would have even considered attempting them, building up was key! Also worth noting falling over a few times comes as part of the package, always just laugh it off!

  4. I've been skiing for years, i started on March 12, 2009 and I've been going to Rabbit Hill. I've went about 16 or more times and i really wanna do jumps, you give amazing tips! but do you have a tip how to build up the confidence to actually do it? because I'm a little scared that i will crash the landing or something like that.

  5. This lesson has taught me a lot about skiing/jumping. And you are correct, jumping on ski's is an essential skill.

  6. Thanks Darren for these videos, i have progressed from basic intermediate to advanced since downloading your video apps.  Having them there while skiing on holiday was a great point of reference especially bumps and variable snow conditions.  Keep up the good work.

  7. Very good series and I have found some helpful things. On thing that seems to be missing though, and I hope this isn't nitpicking, is/are comments on the types of mistakes beginning and intermediate or even skiers who are looking to make the jump to advanced skiers make. Maybe the instructor has been a good skier for so long he forgot or maybe (and more likely) to go into some of these things would make the series too long! If that's the case, I get it.

    For example, there wasn't much discussion of the reasons most beginning skiers fall such as crossing ski tips, etc. In the jump up to skiing crud many yard sales are had by "catching an edge" on one ski and the other not being adjusted quickly enough, or dipping the tips in powder, and many other common problems.

    Just some comment on how best to keep your tips up and skis parallel over rough terrain would be helpful, its not obvious to anyone without a lot of lessons or who wasn't on a ski team, etc. The skis don't always just dig through variable snow when you're learning that terrain. Many minute adjustments have to be made instantaneously even if your turns, balance and weight transfers are spot on. Any tips there? Maybe there aren't any.

    Or suggestions on how to keep everything lined up on jumps, especially if there's an angle or turn involved would be helpful. I had to learn all that by watching others and trial and error, and please I hope you take this as constructive criticism (as I really like and value this series) but I was hoping to find some pointers on these things that I missed in my self-education and there weren't any that I could see. It wasn't helpful hearing "be confident going into turns" or "trust your line" or whatever.

    Again, thanks for the videos and I do look forward to future episodes.

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