SUGGESTED PROGRESSION FOR LEARNING
TO JUMP ON THE MINI

How to start and progress

GEAR:

  • Helmet (some use mouthpiece)

  • Gloves

  • Jump suit

  • Jump Skis

  • Bindings (should be tight enough to require soap)

  • 70’ Rope

  • “Jump Handle” with 5’ bridle (slip knot onto 70’ rope)  Jump handles are narrower than slalom handles

SKIER ABILITIES
BEFORE JUMPING:

  • Feel weight on toes consistently while skiing

  • No bend at waist (hips forward)

  • Relax arms – do not pull – ever

  • Do all of the above perfectly while crossing the wakes

  • Handle Grip: (Always when on Jumpers) Left palm up & Right palm down     

PROPER NOVICE JUMP TECHNIQUE:

Body Position

Common Mistakes

Result of Mistake

Falls backward

Falls forward

Falls backward

Does the splits

Falls forward

Arms Straight (relaxed)

Back Straight 

Knees and Ankles Bent

Skis Together 

Eyes and Chest up

Pulls handle in off jump

Bends at the waist  

Rides with weight on heels

Allows skis to drift apart  

Look down

Recommended Speeds, Cut and Boat Path 

(All progressions made only after jumper has 95% success rate at current settings/boat path.)

Height

18"

24"

30"

36"

40"

Speed

20-21 mph

22 mph

24 mph

24 mph

26 mph

Cut

Left to Right, then Up the Center

Up center, then soft single

Soft single, then hard single

Soft single, then hard single

Soft single, then hard single

Parallel and right

Boat Path

35'

35'

40'

45

50'

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> Katie, 18" height, 21 mph, slide left to right over the ramp

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> Will, 40" height, 24 mph, 3/4 cut

DEMONSTRATION OF CUTS ON THE MINI

I'm convinced that we need a Mini.