Catch Some Air
ON A CHAIRLIFT a few weeks ago a man was asking his son what trick he was going to do next. “Back flip?” he waits for an answer. This lift was not on the East Coast but at Snowbird where the Junior Freeride/Freeski Tour was on. Father and son lived in Tahoe. Then Dad turned to me. The day was sunny warm and you could see people, teenagers, the size of ants waiting for their runs on the tours. Others shaded their eyes in the sun to watch. And Dad asked would I be doing a back flip on my next run? We all laughed, father, son and especially me. I asked the dad, if he was.
"No, I'm not that crazy."
“But, do you ever worry about your son…”
He explained that there’s all the preparation, air bags to practice on. "He’s got the tools."
Near the top I asked the son if he ever got scared. “Yeah,” he said and I asked how he managed the fear.
“I just think about how sick it will look if I stick it."
Moral of this story, just think how sick it will look. And practice, like this weekend on the Acrobag at Plattekill. The Acrobag is as its site describes a “great big nice pillowy soft air bag.” Tough enough for snowmobiles and motocross, it was designed for you on planks and boards. National ski teams of a half dozen countries use it so does Whistler’s Summer Gravity Camp. And this Saturday and Sunday you can too.