I just built it last weekend...I'm scared as shit. Every time I've tried a rail, I've ate it extra super hard. Bruised hip, super bruised hip, subluxed shoulder, subluxed shoulder again...can someone help me man the fuck up?
"I had to hunt down Pretty Ricky and steal back our Doritos."
"put a piece of duct tape on the tip of your skis that says just fucking do it" -5oh9
Yeah, the key is to relax and keep focused. Try to move as little as possible, the more you move the harder it is to balance. Also, don't go too slow, everyone tends to think that slower will be better when they first start hitting rails, but it's harder to control yourself when you're going slow. Good luck man, I know how much those hippers hurt, I skied almost the entire season with a bruise the size of a DVD on my hip, that sucked.
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speed will make your time spent on the rail shorter, which is good when you first start, cuz your balance tends to be not so good. Also make sure you are committing to the full 90 degree pop because if you only pop 60 degrees you will slip off the side. keep your feet about shoulder width apart to help with stability and keep your front edges a few millimeters up, so that you dont catch your edges. dont exaggerate the tilt or else you will slip out. really only 1 or 2 mm. watch the end of the rail. not your feet. arms out to the side can also help with balance. good luck!
For the speed, I would use plastic lattice fence sold at Home Depot. There are lots of different construction fences; some work well, some suck. Use lattice for the drop and construction fence only for the jump. The construction fence gives more grip for your takeoff.
For the yips that you're dealing with, make sure that you are dropping in a wider stance than what feels normal; about hip width or a little wider. On your ski in, bounce up and down a little. Don't actually get your skis off the ramp but simulate the popping movement a little. That should keep your legs a little looser. When you pop, make sure you are popping from both feet evenly. When you get 90 to the rail, extend your downhill arm out and down toward the far end of the rail. That will keep you from falling back uphill and also it would stop you from rotating past 90 on the rail.
If you think about all of these things when you are about to drop, you'll probably end up with your rail lodged in your ass. Pick one thing and think about it, take a deep breath and drop. These are the things that work for me, and my bruises don't go away as fast anymore.
If you are still freaked, there's one more trick. Imagine something really goofy and funny that you can get stuck in your mind. Imagine Tom Wallisch jumping onto a rail wearing pink fuzzy bunny slippers. It can be someone you know, but it has to be kind of weird and stupid; just something that will distract you from the rail.