Welcome to the Newschoolers forums! You may read the forums as a guest, however you must be a registered member to post.
Register to become a member today!
Need Help with FS Switchups
I really need some tips on how to get these down. I always end up either clipping my skis on the rail and when I do get the 180 around, I lose my balance/ fall off the rail in my new stance. I've even done some FS surface swaps no problem, but I've been trying for weeks now and still just can't get switchups. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
I've always found sliding your unnatural way makes FS so much easier. It then becomes your natural spin.
Once you're comfortable with those and get the feel for the trick, it's much easier to get them with your natural foot forward.
Practice, practice, practice. It takes a lot to figure out how to slide unnatural, just treat it exactly how you slide naturally. There's absolutely nothing different between the two. Same moderately wide stance, same control with your leading foot. Just point the toes up with your lead foot, push off with it as you pop with a good 50-50 weight distribution and you'll lock into the front swap like you've been doing it since you were a youngin.
Make sure you bring your shoulders with you after you set your edge and pop
Thanks for the help everyone, I'm getting closer.
First you want to be sure that your skis are locked onto the rail, I had a problem before where I wanted to do a FS switchup without being completly locked on and they looked sloppy.
Once your skis are locked onto the rail, you want to do the scisor with your skis to try to push you to turn on the rail (press the heel of your downhill ski and the toes of your uphill ski). Your shoulders should always be 90* with the rail, don't turn them too early or you might get off the rail early.
When you start feeling that you are turning on the rail you want to pop somewhat high enough to bring your knees up and twist your hips 180*. When you land, you want to keep your head looking at the end of the rail but your whole body doing a 90* with the rail.
Basicly, always keep your shoulders 90* with the rail, don't turn them too early, do the scisor with your skis that's what's going to help you turn and pop on the rail and bring your knees up. Don't try to exit the rail facing down hill just yet, you'll pretty much always end up skiing switch after. If you feel comfortable, you can try to add a blind 270 out after if you do it on a box first. They come down pretty easily.
Hope you land it soon!
All times are Eastern (-4)