SKIER: Chris Lennon
PHOTOS: Gillian Morgan
When skiing fun little lines in the trees, it ‘s often necessary to catch a little air without interrupting the flow of your turns. In tight trees, you can’t always land in the same direction that you took off from, but there’s no reason to. Just make an air turn like this:
|3. Once fully airborne,turn your feet to catch up to your body’s direction of travel.|
Hop to recover
Skiing is about constantly dealing with hanging terrain. occasionally little obstacles will get in your way and threaten to knock you off balance. The key is to adapt as best you can and roll with it. And that sometimes the best way to regain your balance is to hop into the air for a moment to re-centre. For example, in this sequence, I unexpectedly got a little too close to a tree:
As my right ski and hand collide with the tree, I have to shift my weight to the left and inside ski to avoid crashing right into the obstacle.
Obviously off balance, I afford myself a few moments to get my right ski back underneath me by hopping into the air …
…and after doing a little tree pruning, bring my arm and pole away from the tree and back to my side.