Skiing: How to Hop Turn

Some off-piste terrain features, such as couloirs, chutes and gullies, are too narrow to get down with big arcing turns. This is when being able to hop turn comes in handy. In this REI Expert Advice video, Mac Lyon, from the Professional Ski Instructors of America, explains hop turn technique, including getting low and exploding up.

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I’m Mack Lyon from the Professional Ski Instructors of America. Hop Turns are awesome tools to be able to use off piste for when I have a lot of vertical distance in a run, but not a whole lot of width. To execute a Hop Turn, I really want to focus on being really low and exploding upwards and pivoting around my ski pole. What that looks like is I’m going to set my edges with my pole plant and then I’m going to explode and extend all at once to be able to get my skis off the snow. I’m going to pivot them around my ski pole and as I land I’m going to plant my pole and flex and suck up all of that force to be able to use in my next Hop Turn. A Hop Turn allows you to ski terrain where you don’t have enough space to be able to make a regular turn.

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