Style points. That’s what it’s all about!
Grabbing your skis and pulling them makes for awesome style.
Grabs pulled hard enough that it feels like you’re tweaking your body out are
what we call tweaks. Tweaks can be done after grabbing or by doing a Shifty
then a grab. Grabs that you poke out a part of your body during the grab are
called pokes or bones. Every grab has a few different tweaks and pokes that make
that grab look and feel different. Having some spins, Shifty’s and grabs dialled
in before tweaking is helpful. Having a minimum of two fingers fully gripped
around your skis will help your tweaks. Tweaked Mute’s are the backbone of
freestyle skiing, so let’s start there. Make sure your Mute Grab doesn’t have
any rust on it. With the skis on, play with some 180 Mute Grabs, where you grab just
above your binding. This gives you the feeling of a Tweak before having to
commit to it. To have time to tweak it out, bounce higher than normal.
For a side tweak, make everything about your Mute Grab the same until you’re at
your highest point. With your firm grip, pull your ski to the side towards your
hip making the skis cross bigger. Use your other hand to reach out to the
opposite side for balance. The other way to tweak a grab is by
starting with one type of Shifty and then grabbing. This is most commonly done
in Tail Grabs. Between tweaking and poking there are all kinds of different graphs.
If you grab a Safety Grab and extend the opposite leg it’s called a Louie King. If
you grab Double Safety and tweak both legs and slide your hands up it’s called
a Truck Driver. If you go up past the Truck Driver to the tips it’s called a
Rocket Air. We’re at the Whistler Water Ramps. I’m Dean Bercovitch from Ski
Addiction, helping you ski better!