Member Login

Logging In
Invalid username or password.
Incorrect Login. Please try again.

not a member? sign-up now!

Signing up could earn you gear and it helps to keep offensive content off of our site.


Jump To Safety

Private Lessons
posted: 02/04/2004
by Wendy Fisher

You're a few turns into a steep chute and it abruptly ends at a rock band. You can't sideslip or downclimb, and you're too far in to hike out. Now what? The easiest and safest solution is to jump it with your skis on.

This may sound like a risky, pros-only approach, but it's very simple and surprisingly safe. The key is to establish a stable body position before you jump so you can have a solid, stable landing. Sideslip to the lip of the rocks and anchor the edge of your downhill ski into the snow. Keep your shoulders square to the fall line and plant your downhill pole in the snow or rock below your skis (Fig. 1). With most of your weight on the downhill ski, push off the slope with your uphill leg and hop out over the rocks (Fig. 2). In the air, keep your upper body facing down the fall line, keeping your skis parallel to the hill. Focus on your landing spot.

Touch down by planting your downhill pole and stomping a two-footed landing without reaching into the hill (Fig. 3)—otherwise, your skis will slip out from beneath you.

Former Olympian Wendy Fisher is a two-time World Extreme Skiing Champion and is featured in the 2003 Warren Miller film Journey.

Click the slideshow below to view all the figures.

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • No HTML tags allowed

More information about formatting options

Type the characters you see in this picture. (verify using audio)
Type the characters you see in the picture above; if you can't read them, submit the form and a new image will be generated. Not case sensitive.
All submitted comments are subject to the license terms set forth in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use