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How To Ski Bumps

Skiing. It's pretty freakin' rad, but our legs take a beating! In this tutorial, we're going to show you how to prepare your muscles to make your time on snow much more valuable.

(Narrating/Rider: Kalissa Lolos. Film/Edit: Vince Emond. Filmed At: Whistler Bounce)

Warm Up

Warm up on flat ground by doing big jumps into a deep squatting position while keeping your core tight and rigid. When you’re ready, strap on your Tramp Skis. Try a few of these jumping squats with the skis on flat ground, keeping your weight and centre of gravity over the skis.

How To Ski BumpsRemember not to hunch over. Keep your chest and tips up.

Get On The Tramp

Keep it super simple and start by jumping on the tramp. When you're ready, absorb the rebound of your landing and come to a complete stop. This is called a Stop Bounce.

Stop BounceIt’s an important tool for trampoline as well as training your legs for absorbing the knuckles of jumps. 

Next, stand in your squat position and look at the end of the tramp. Bend your arms and hold them in front of your body like your holding ski poles. Push down with your knees on the trampoline and absorb the take off instead of popping. You’ll know you’re doing it right when you can keep your torso and arms in the same spot the whole time.

How To Ski BumpsStart slow, you can add speed by fully extending your legs and pushing harder downward on the tramp while still maintaining your position.

Drills

Add a challenge by pumping side to side like a moguls line, keeping your core engaged and weight centered over your skis.

Simulate MogulsDon't worry about looking like a kook. Master this skill and you will slay it on the hill.

You can also simulate rail drills. Start with your hips square and doing a shifty 90 both ways in your set.

Simulate RailsIf you’re keen on building leg strength, pump for 10 seconds and rest for 5 as many times as you can before your legs feel like jello.

There you go. Short and sharp! These are some killer drills to build up that leg strength to get you ready for the hill.

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Alex McCann
Ski Addiction
Helping You Ski Better

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