How to Drop on Skis | Cliff Dropping

What you will learn in this Tutorial 

This tutorial offers tips and advice on how to drop on skis, specifically focusing on cliff dropping. The speaker emphasizes the importance of proper technique, such as fully extending the legs and maintaining a forward posture while jumping. They stress the need to assess the height, landing, and potential obstacles of the cliff before attempting it. The transcript also mentions the significance of using appropriate skis for freeriding and gradually increasing the size and speed of the drops to reduce fear. The speaker recommends landing in an aggressive stance and avoiding sitting back, which can lead to crashes. They discuss the option of absorbing the impact when dropping off wind lips or certain terrain features. Lastly, the transcript touches on the phenomenon of back slapping and advises keeping the arms forward to avoid potential injuries.


  • Before attempting cliff dropping, practice jumping in easier locations such as terrain parks or slopes.
  • When jumping, maintain a nice position, sink down in the ski boots, and fully extend the legs.
  • Fear of the unknown can be a major obstacle when cliff dropping; assess the height, landing, and obstacles beforehand.
  • Ensure you have suitable freeride skis based on the location and type of drop.
  • Start with smaller drops where you can clearly see the landing and gradually increase the size and speed.
  • Try to land in a skiing position with a slight forward absorption for a smooth recovery.
  • Be aware of the angle and shape of the cliff face when determining the speed and approach.
  • Absorbing the impact can be a legitimate technique, but it should be done correctly by leaning forward without sitting back.
  • Consider the surroundings when choosing a location to drop, such as near restaurants for an audience.
  • Avoid back slapping by keeping the arms forward and close to the body.
  • Practice and gradually increase your skills to enjoy the thrill and fun of skiing drops.