Hi, so as the name describes. I was a racer. I'm a very good skier, as long as at least one ski is on the ground most of the time. I really like big mountain/all mountain extremes and small cliffs and whatnot but I would like to add some elements of style into the mix. Basically one goal I have is to just get really comfortable with 3's and be able to throw them just about anywhere I can find a little bit of air. But I don't live out there, and where I live one thing we do have is parks... and I am getting a bit ahead of myself. I would like to get park fundamentals (like super basic) down solid.
One thing I've never really fully understood is this idea of "the pop." I mean WTF I have skiboots on! I started watching some freestyle videos this European dude, he does this whole video on "Pop" and talks about it alot in his 360 video....as if you're literally jumping off the jump. (SRSLY?) My whole life, I always thought that you are just supposed to GO OFF the jump, not literally actually jump. In ski racing, like in the speed events (Such as Downhill, Super G) there is big air, but you are trying to minimize it, because air is slow; snow is fast. As a little kid I would fearlessly fly off jumps, but I've had one too many bindings practically tear me a new asshole at a ripe young age.
And I also couldn't figure out really how to control my body in the air (or make a correction) if I launched a little off. Later, when racing motorcycles, I learned some little stuff, like just tapping the brakes midair or kicking the tail over could help bring the front wheel down, and slow the bike down so it would be less prone to overshooting the landings.
Please help me understand this "POP" in skiing. Last week I skied for the first time, and didn't hit any jumps, in part because whenever I tried to "POP" I would end up back seat or something dumb just off of knolls or groomer lips. Seriously, I'm dumb and I need halp. I tried to watch this video of this European dude explaining it and I just got more confused. And just what I'm realizing too is I just don't have super consistent, at least park-oriented air awareness skills.
Any sage advice besides that I will never be cool in my racer helmet?