Skier: Oscar Tjärnberg
Photo: Tomas Annerby
Spin a 360
The Heli is not a new trick. But
it's still fresh, maybe now more than ever.
Completing a 360 is unfortunately harder than it looks, but what
can you do? It's such a heck of a crowd pleaser. You know that you
just have to do it. Before your skis come on, be sure to have completed
at least one hundred 360's on your living room floor. When confidence
is up high and the feeling of correctness in your mind is right,
first, it's time for snow. Start up in a table top jump which reduces
speed, this helps you keep balance and makes the landing somewhat
1. Enter the jump knees softly bent.
On kick-off point jump by extending your legs and hips to get the
right balance and height. Back weight is a killer and not having
enough height is devastating, meaning you will not have time to
complete your rotation and might land backwards. (Though this could
be done, I've never considered this on telemark skis 'cus the bindings
tend to get a bit wobbly-wink)
2. Create rotation by moving one
arm forward - up from the hip, cross diagonal over your skis, pointing
your right arm forward to your left (if clockwise rotation) and
looking over your shoulder.
3. Get a feeling for how much rotation
is required, control it by extending or contracting your arms. (i.e.
- not enough rotation, contract arms. - to much, extend arms.)
4. Staying in a straight up position
is super nice, looks like you're in extreme control over the situation.
Be sure to stay extended in the hips, knees and back to avoid a
sloppy position. Clean and cool. When this is mastered, try adding
something to your jump like a different rotation, rolling, or going
into a position (for example to a mute grab or an iron cross).
5. When you're closing in on a full
lap, start taking your raised arm down (and let go of any resumed
positions), to slow rotation speed.
6. Start looking for landing and
spot your point of impact.
7. Focus on the landing, extend
or raise arms to the side and spread your feet if necessary for
8. In the moment of impact, put
arms forward to reduce the possibility of getting back weight on
your skis (i.e. landing on yer ass)
9. Keep skiing like nothing ever
happened, that this was a most routine and almost obligatory jump,
and collect the ovations from your crowd.
Do it, and do it again. There is
nothing like practice.
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