How To Spin To Win

How To Spin To Win

Getting lost in the air happens to the best of us, especially when you get into more difficult spins and off-axis freestyle tricks. This tutorial will show you the Spin To Win drill and how you can use it to dial down your air awareness when training with the Tramp Skis.

(Narrating/Skiing: Kalissa Lolos. Skiing: Dean Bercovitch. Film/Edit: Vince Emond. Filmed At: Whistler Bounce & Whistler Blackcomb)

Loosen Up

Warm up by practicing your spins both ways without the skis on. You want to make sure you are comfortable spinning both ways before trying this drill.

Once you’re ready, you can strap in! Picture a hula-hoop around your body while your hands hold on either side. Jump a 180 but make sure you keep your hands locked in their position. As you come around, spot the other end of the trampoline. Once you land do a jump 180 the other way. Do this as many times as you can back and forth.

Hula Hope To WinIf the hypothetical hula-hoop is out of orbit, your arms are likely doing different things or are spotting too far down or up.

The Spin To Win Game

Spin To Win is the best game to hash out with your friends and it’s great to practice on your own. Start with 180’s left and right, immediately one after the other. Once you’ve done both add 360 both ways, and so on. Essentially, build up until you mess up! Once you’ve made a mistake, start again!

Friends To WinAdd grabs for more advanced practice.

The Spin To Win Rail Version

A more advanced version of this drill is wicked for those techy rail tricks! Warm up on flat ground breaking the spins down further by adding in those quarter spins: 90’s, 270’s, and 450’s. Hop on the tramp and play the game so it's 90’s, 180’s, 270’s, 360’s and so on.

Rail To WinKeep track of your progression and battle it out with your friends!

There's the Spin To Win game! Use it as a warm up drill to dial in your mechanical and visual cues or use it as a fun way to challenge your friends in a spin off. Either way, this drill will help you dial in your spinning technique to make spins on the hill a tonne easier.

Alex McCann
Ski Addiction
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