If you've already checked out our 'How To Ollie' tutorial and you're looking for the next step, well you've found the right place. In this tutorial, we're going to take you through the opposite motions as last time to help you to learn the Nollie!
A Nollie, is where you pop from the tips of your skis rather than the tails. Through mastering this skill, you'll be able to add a stylish variation into your jumping when popping over features, ropes, rollers and anything else that takes your fancy.
(Narrating/Riding: Dean Bercovitch Filming/Editing: Vince Emond. Filmed At: Whistler Blackcomb)
Step 1: Find a flat area that is out of the way of skier traffic to practice this skill while stationary.
Step 2: Lean your weight over the tails of your skis while keeping keeping your feet close together. This might sound like the opposite move to what you're aiming for but this is just building the momentum for your eventual pop.
Lean your weight back initially to help build momentum
Step 3: Reverse this motion by rolling forwards onto your noses with bent knees. During this weight transfer, you also want to pull your skis backwards by sliding your feet back.
Begin your pop by sliding your feet and skis back
Step 4: Now it's time to pop! To build pressure into your your noses, press into the front of your boots. Once you feel the pressure is loaded, begin to push off the tips through the extension of your knees, then push your hips back to centre and bring your shoulders back.
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Step 5: As you come into the landing, ensure that your skis are at the same angle as your landing to avoid heavy nose or tail first landings.
Avoid tip or tail heavy landings by keeping your skis level with the landing
Time To Hit The Snow
A great place to start practicing this skill is over mellow rollers. Work through all the same motions that you practiced while stationary on the front side of the roller. This will help you to load pressure into your noses.
As you become more and more comfortable with this skill, you can begin to stretch your legs, get more creative and add spins into your Nollie's.
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