Old 21-06-08, 01:41 AM   #16
 
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Has anyone ever attempted any type of flips on skiis? Have any tips for people wanting to try?
Inverted ariels (flips) were banned at all U.S. ski areas in the early '70's as freestyle skiing was becoming popular after a rash of spinal injuries caused by inexperienced skiers attempting flips on skis. This rash of poor judgment was partially inspired by a Cambell's soup Ad featuring Olympic Gold Medalist Stein Erickson performing a back flip that was aired during the '68 Olympics. The ban stood until 1986 when the Volvo Ski Show came to Mt Bachelor, OR. This was the first demonstration of inverted ariels in the USA since the ban. This show was the precursor to modern freestyle ariels with precision designed and built jumps that are how the junps are now done for the Olympics.

DO NOT EVER ATTEMPT AN INVERTED MANEUVER without being involved in a qualified training program.
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Old 29-06-08, 03:02 AM   #17
 
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They are quite hard to learn but when you get used to them you can find them quite simple. backflips are the easiest because they allow you to spot your landing. so find a jump that gives you relatively good air and make sure you are clear before you start the rotation or you're messed. when you flip back make sure you tuck really tight and extend when you start to see your landing. hope this is useful.
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Old 29-06-08, 08:18 PM   #18
 
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I've been involved in skiing for a long time and have held many professional positions. I have responded to this thread because it appears to be encouraging a series of maneuvers and a methodology that is ill advised and should not be encouraged. Inverted aerials are a form of gymnastics and anyone wishing to attempt any inverted maneuver on skis needs to be under the supervision of a qualified USSA Freestyle coach. There is far to much risk and while my skiing buddies joke that you never get hurt in the air I'm sure the administrators of this site wouldn't want to hear that one of their subscribers suffered a severe injury because they were encouraged by this thread to perform a foolhardy stunt. I have strong feelings about this issue as I know the effect that a spinal injury has on individuals and it is very difficult for family members to cope with. They are the ones who ask "Why?" and seek out means to make their loved ones lives better. It is very expensive, heartbreaking and that is why these maneuvers were banned in the first place.

To the administrators I urge you to avoid the appearance of endorsing this particular maneuver, or encouraging people to experiment with it and their lives.
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Old 13-08-08, 01:59 AM   #19
 
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Your best bet is to go out on a powder day and build a kicker and make the lip so it will throw you back, thats how I learned
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Old 20-09-11, 09:44 PM   #20
 
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[QUOTE=justskiit;3093] Inverted aerials are a form of gymnastics and anyone wishing to attempt any inverted maneuver on skis needs to be under the supervision of a qualified USSA Freestyle coach.QUOTE]

Couldn't agree more with you. It's dangerous to do it unsupervised. It looks super cool how proffesionals do it
http://www.olympic.org/freestyle-skiing-aerials-men
but they do have a team supporting them (and years of practice).
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