At the end of this tutorial you'll be throwing down 360's cleanly, on command and taking your park skiing to the next level!
(Narrating/Riding: Ahren Stein. Filming/Editing: Blake Dubler. Filmed At: Whistler Blackcomb)
Getting A Feel For It
If you have the chance to try it on a trampoline first, do it! It will give you a good sense of how the rotation feels. Once you're on the ski hill, try it out with your ski boots to give you a feel what what its like with the extra weight.
Your First Attempt
When you're ready to try a 360 out, find a jump that you’re fairly comfortable with. Remember that a bigger jump will give you more air time to complete the trick which is sometimes a good thing! As you approach the jump, keep your vision up, hands in front of you in a balanced position and your shins pressed against the tongue of your boots.
Find your "Go-To" jump for straight airs & give it a go.
Approach, Takeoff & Landing
As you come up the jump, set your rotation with your entire body. Use your hips, shoulders and head while moving in a fluent motion.
The 3 key actions you should be aiming for.
Trick Tip: Be sure not to spin too early. Only spin once you're in the air, not while you're on the takeoff.
Keep your leading arm and shoulder spinning through the rotation. Don't let it block your spin. When you're at the 180 mark, spot back up the hill, not down at your boots.
Looking at your feet will throw you off axis.
At this point in your rotation, the landing should be coming into your vision. Reach for it with your hands as this will keep your hands in front and get you into the aggressive body position.
After you're comfortable with your 360's, try tucking in your legs and even adding a shifty in there for extra style points. Now that you've got 360's dialled, remember that although they are a basic trick, there are numerous variations and they never get old. Ok now stop reading and start getting creative with your 3's!
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