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Freestyle Skiing - Freestyle Ski Tricks

Freestyle Skiing - Freestyle Ski Tricks Freestyle Skiing is a combination of Skiing techniques and acrobatics. In this type of Skiing alone, there are a lot of Ski Tricks executed by Freestyle enthusiasts.

In this section, learn the different Freestyle Ski Tricks:

180
Using twin-tip Skis, look to your left or right (whichever side you plan to rotate) as you take off. Bear in mind that you will land backwards. Spot your landing and keep your weight centered. Do not turn forward after you stomp at the landing.

360
When you take off, look over your shoulder and turn your upper body. You will see that the Skis will follow. Grab the Tail and pull it into your spin. Do not let go at this moment. Look over your left shoulder and land upon seeing your landing.

540 Tail Grab
Remember that the grab will slow down your rotation, so set the spin harder.
As you take off, look for the tail of your Ski, hold that with your trailing hand, and pull it into the spin. Keep your eyes over your shoulder. At this point, you are coming through the 360. Spot the landing. Center your weight and reach your landing with the tips of your Skis first, then the tails.

Corkscrew 720
Make use of your edge in doing this Ski Trick. Start off with your right (or left) outside edge. When you popped off your edge, extend your right arm forward and look toward your left hip. If you want a fast spin, tuck up. Otherwise, open up. When you have gone a 540, you will see your landing. Come out of your spin and reach for the landing.

D Spin 720
This is usually done on powder. Start off, turn your head, and throw your shoulder on your left (or right). Tuck up and your Skis will cross. After the spin, try to find your landing. Straighten out and reach the landing.

Mute Grab
Once airborne, maintain your balance by not reaching down make the grab. Instead, lift your legs and grab the opposite Ski.

Half Cab Mute Grab
You need to ski backwards in approaching the jump. Center your weight above your feet. Look over your shoulder and you will spin as you hit the lip. After the rotation, look for the landing and tread heavily.

Under Flip
Start off by turning 90 to face the slope at a right angle. Throw your uphill shoulder down and roll upside down. Make a 270 to land, or tread heavily on the landing.

Backflip

This Ski Trick is a backward somersault in the air. As you take off, shift your weight backwards by leaning back. This will make your spin.

Backflip Mute Grab
In performing the Backflip Mute Grab, you need speed and more rotation. Obviously, this Ski Trick also entails Backflip, so make sure you know how to do it before trying the Backflip Mute Grab. In the tucked position, quickly go for the grab. Arch your back, spot your landing, and then tread heavily.

Flatspin
When you take off, jump in backward and sideways motion. Your body will be horizontal once you get airborne. Spot your landing, and then land after the flip.

Alley Oop
Take off with enough speed. Turn your body up hill, look over your shoulder, and take note of the direction of your spin. Spot your landing, and then tread heavily.

Alley Oop Flatspin 540
Leave the pipe and throw your uphill shoulder down the fall line. Turn your body and let your feet be in the position where it is at the same level as your head. Turn to your stomach and then face the ground. Go for the grab. Extend your arms forward and spot your landing.

Switch Corked 720
In this Ski Trick, it is very essential to look over the shoulder to set the direction of your spin. As you approach the lip, slide your Skis flat. Begin the 180 degree spin as you take off, and then make a corked 540. Tread heavily as you reach the landing then ski away.

Flair in the Pipe

Make sure you can do backflips before trying this Ski Trick. Have enough speed in the pipe. Begin your spin the same way you would do on a backflip. Move your head and shoulders backward and throw your hips forward. When you are inverted, finish that 180, and then tread heavily on your landing.

Rail Slide
Jump to land on the rail. Glide smoothly and keep your weight centered on both feet in order to stay balanced. Turn your shoulders the way you want to exit.

Lincoln Loop
When you reach the lip of the jump, drop your shoulder and wind your arms up to the side so your body will flip sideways.

Lincoln Loop 180
You should know how to perform the Lincoln Loop before doing the Lincoln Loop 180. When you are about to be finished doing the Lincoln Loop, you should see your landing. Make a 180 before you land. Touch down with the Tips first.

Fakie 180
In this Ski Trick, ski like you normally do. When you take off, look over your shoulder to set the spin. Once you get airborne, go for the grab and then reach your landing.

Spread Eagle
Take off and once you get airborne, move or spread your arms and legs to the side, keeping your body upright. Proper timing is important in doing this Ski Trick. Open your legs only if you are in the air. Close your legs before you reach the landing.

Backscratcher
Once you get airborne, bend your knees so the Tails of your Skis will touch your back. Do not lean your shoulders forward while you are airborne so you will reach the landing safely.

Twister

Twisters are actually like 360's. Only, your feet move in a way that your body chest is put forward, with your ski appearing to be in parallel with your chest. To be able to perform this trick, you need to have a good balance. The Twister involves turning your upper body in one direction, and your lower body in the opposite direction. Make sure your head remains in the same direction with your upper body. After you have perfected the twisting turn on one side, try it with the other.

Daffy
To perform a Daffy, put one leg in front of you and the other one at the back. Hence, the Ski at the front aims upward while the other one points downward. Put them back in their normal position and then land.

360 Safety Grab
Shift your weight forward at the start of this Ski Trick. Be ready to spin as your take off. Go for the grab, do not let go for a moment, and then spot your landing. Tread heavily when you reach the landing.

Cossack / Kosak
You can do this Ski Trick if you know the Spread Eagle and Zudnick. In Cossack / Kosak, extend your legs sideways and put your hands forward, between your legs. Keep your Skiing Poles in their upright position.

Iron Cross
This Ski Trick requires enough height from the ground so the Tips of the Skis will not get caught in the snow throughout the trick. The Iron Cross involves crossing your Skis once you get airborne. Similar to a Backscratcher, bend your knees so the Skis will be behind you. But this time, you need to cross your Skis. After that, uncross your Skis and pull your legs back. The Skis should be parallel at this point. Stomp at the landing.

Zudnick
Once airborne, bend your lower and upper body forward. Keep your Skis close to each other.

Helicopter
Once airborne, make a 360, 720, or 1080 degree rotation.

Rocket Air
Once you are airborne, extend both your legs forward and go for the grab.


As a safety guideline, be careful when making these Ski Tricks. This section only aims to give you an idea on how these tricks are executed. You can ask the help and advice of an experienced freestyle skier. Do not push yourself into doing something that you know you cannot do. Learn and do these tricks properly.

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james
Sunday 15th February 2009 at 11:03:44 AM  

i landed my first cork 720 yesterday (on skis)

Conner L
Wednesday 1st April 2009 at 12:37:14 PM  

Hey, thanks for the great tutorial. I am just cleaning up my switch 5''s. This article was so great, I decided to use it on my website under the tricks sections. Thanks so much and keep me posted!

john
Tuesday 11th August 2009 at 1:25:23 PM  

i landed a 360 saftey grab today up at hillend nd im 12 years old =]

Nikke
Tuesday 29th December 2009 at 4:33:51 AM  

nice quides! but u need to add an rodeo to them.. i was here just for the rodeo trick :D:D

jibznixon
Monday 11th January 2010 at 12:16:42 PM  

nailed a 17 stair change up. so stoked

etienne
Tuesday 12th January 2010 at 5:42:07 PM  

Hey guys ! I got a question ! .. If I do sit on my skis.. and than on the top of the kick im like kind of bending or poping up on the side to do a 360 or 540.. whats the name of that tricks ?

John
Tuesday 12th January 2010 at 7:32:45 PM  

Nice Guild, but could u give me a picture of each stunt so i could do it

matias 14years old
Thursday 28th January 2010 at 6:10:03 AM  

hey i made the 1 2 3 4 last year any ine know that one its first a iron cross, mute grap, rocket air and den a spread Eagle imade it last year in zell am see

BlaW''
Wednesday 10th February 2010 at 2:44:04 AM  

My first Cossack Iron - 720 - Helicopter triple flash double melon on Grab'' !!!!! :''D (with switch flat spin double bakcflip)

Mr. Goo
Thursday 11th February 2010 at 6:00:33 PM  

i learned how to backflip today but i am working on rodeo can you add a tip for that and a normal cork 5

Nicole
Wednesday 24th February 2010 at 12:50:01 PM  

I think skiing is scary!
You can brake a bone or something!

Benjamin Buford Blue
Monday 8th March 2010 at 1:11:13 PM  

hey i landed a 1080 while doin 2 backflips

cody
Monday 15th March 2010 at 1:31:59 AM  

hey i landed yesterday a back 180 u need to put on there back 360 back 540 and back 720

Levi
Friday 9th April 2010 at 10:11:27 PM  

landed a 360 today!

tobi
Tuesday 18th May 2010 at 12:43:14 PM  

is it easier do make a grab when you pop up very hard? or is the pop of the kicker strong enough to make a grab?

Ski Touring
Friday 18th June 2010 at 5:42:56 AM  

Nice tutorial! And those are some really cools tricks.

Heliskiing
Wednesday 11th August 2010 at 3:51:32 AM  

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Ski Fan Anne
Saturday 21st August 2010 at 10:34:45 AM  

Where can you train for skiing tricks like these?

Joe
Friday 3rd September 2010 at 6:30:15 PM  

Hey guys! I''m gonna Learn a 180 when I get my twintips, but hey! You gotta start somewhere :D

Dougie
Tuesday 7th September 2010 at 7:13:06 AM  

is it easier to learn backflips or frontflips? you should put instructions on how to do frontflips up :D

cottage Scotland
Monday 18th October 2010 at 8:19:21 AM  

Great tutorial...Picture shows are really good one...

Dano
Wednesday 10th November 2010 at 10:38:34 AM  

Im confused on how to do a 180 still i feel like i will fail and do something wrong i need help

zach
Monday 20th December 2010 at 11:17:42 AM  

this is kinda accurate, not all the names are right but pretty good.
@ dougie, frontflips are alot easier if you are in a park on a standard jump. backflips are easier to learn if you make the jump because you can give it the correct amount of lip to help your rotation.

@Ski Fan Anne
You can learn them at almost any ski area. most area''s have terrain parks with different jumps and jibs (rails and boxes)

@ Etinne
you are probably doing a hand drag. if you drop your hand and begin to rotate just before the lip of the jump and begin to spin off axis it is considered a "Hand drag .....(insert spin)"

jonny daniels
Wednesday 27th April 2011 at 11:15:57 AM  

i nailed an iron cross and i''m six!!!

Dillon
Sunday 28th August 2011 at 10:42:38 AM  

@Dano
Just find a powdery spot, build a jump, and keep trying, you''ll get it :)


 
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