The Big Huck: Getting Air without Getting Killed

Right from the start, beginning skiers and snowboarders love to catch air. As the size of the jump increases, though, technique and basic safety considerations become more important. Here's a brief guide to staying safe with style.

Skier Jumping off Cliff

Hucking. Nothing brings out the hoo's and hah's on a powder day, and almost nothing feels closer to free flying through the clouds. Hucks come in all shapes and sizes, and each pillow line, natural booter or cliff air carries its own risks and challenges. Learning to safely manage run-ups, takeoffs and landings, and make good decision, can make the difference between a busted knee and a post-session congratulatory toasting of spirits.

Pre-Inspection: The Essential Step for Safety

A safe launch off a cliff