A. Look, then leap Always scout your line before taking off. Note your entry point, how much of a drop you’ll have, what type of snow you’ll encounter and how much room you have to bail out if something goes wrong.
B. Stay calm Enjoy the “tickle” in your belly as you drop in, and prepare your landing gear. Reach for the snow with your legs, but don’t overextend them. Be ready to plant a pole immediately for extra stability.
C. Land gently Touch down softly and flex your legs to absorb the impact. Remember: The snow might be deeper than or not as deep as you expected. Feather your edges as if you’re tapping anti-lock brakes.
D. Keep moving Don’t draw out the first turn or stay on your edges for too long or you might get stuck there. Keep your momentum flowing into the next turn and let the snow help control your speed.