There's no difference in jumping off small or big rocks. It's all in your mind. You've got to dare yourself. Picture yourself succeeding with your drop. This one didn't physically feel more than a 10-12 feet huck. Here's how to do it:
1. Check your landing. Most important part because a bad landing often means pain. You're looking for soft snow, at least a pole deep, with a firm, but not a baked base. Absolutely no rocks or ice anywhere. It's not worth it. And don't forget, a steep landing in the slope, it reduces the impact.
2. Scout the jump-off area. Some space to turn around with the skis is good, a short runway is better. Free sight to the estimated landing spot is a bonus. Convex cliffs are tough - give 'em a rest.
3. Gear up. Loud count down, let the photographer know your intentions, so you won't have to walk up and do it all over again.
4. Use your poles to get some speed before the edge. Speed equals balance in the air. No speed means that it s harder to estimate what the jump-off will be like, often resulting in poor balance.
5. In the air, resume pre-decided position. Tuck in, a tight position with bent arms and legs often looks and feels more controlled. Try to avoid the most common mistake, too much weight on the back of your skis. Flying, sitting on the couch, looks like a sure crash just waiting to happen. And often is.
6. When out of the picture, do everything to keep your balance. Take down the windows, breathe heavily, and scream if necessary.
7. Close in on the landing, extend your legs and prepare for the impact.
8. Take ground skis first. Skis in the fall line reduces impact power.
9. Roll over to your back or to the side and let the body share the hit. Don't make your knees take all the impact.
10. When the ground stops shaking, collect your widely spread equipment. (Not necessarily if you're on Riva classics)
11. Cruise down to the local pub and lie your heart out at the Apres Ski.
Fellow skiers out there, please remember, hucking a cliff can, like tobacco, seriously damage your health. Use your head.