progaticianI'm an intermediate-advanced slope skier and want to try more of the park scene. So far the only jumps I've tried have been about the ~2-3 feet tall rail-park jumps. My question is: Based on everyone else's experience, how long will it take me to be able to land (just without crashing 50% of the time) some of the jumps & tricks you see in semi-professional slopestyle/big-air competitions? I've got pretty good motor skills/balance, a season pass to a nearby resort, and all the ambition in the world to learn.
Thanks a lot for any input.
I don't wanna knock you, but you might be setting your sights a bit high. Start out with learning how to hit a decent size jump, then learn tricks on it, and then you might have worked your way up to at least hitting your average 50-70 foot comp jump. Like stated above, going from hitting a 70 foot jump to doing something that would be considered semi professional is a long fucking way, as that most likely would involve double corks.
My best advice would be to go and join a club, or find a regular crew to ski with. Then have a bunch of fun, and progress at your own rate. If you're doing cork 9's clean by the end of winter, you might be on the right track to being a semi pro, if not you will most definitely be on the way to having an obscene amount of fun!
PS: don't hit rail take offs as jumps please, it messes up the lip, and creates dangerous situations when you accidentally cut people off.