The Cork 3 is one of the most stylish tricks that exists in freeskiing, but to master it needs some practice as this jump is not as easy as it looks – there’s a reason that many riders learn this one only after they already have a pretty large trick repertoire. When approaching the kicker there are several types of approaches you can take – straight or curved. This rider in the photos has decided to go for the second version, so that he is ready for the rotation in the air.
The jump is a crucial part of a Cork 3. Half a meter before the jump continue as normal in the knees and hips. Turn your head not only in the direction of the rotation, as you would in a usual 360, but also look to the lower ends of the back of your skis. As a result of this movement you should get the ‘Cork’. It is important not to put too much momentum in the rotation because it can rotate rapidly. By turning you head, the rotation should bring you back all by itself to the landing position. The calmer you are in the air the more stylish the Cork 360 is!
It is important when landing to bring your weight forward and ride the landing out – a successful trick is nothing without a safe landing. Once you’ve mastered everything don’t hesitate to take the Cork 3 to the backcountry, as overhanging snow is especially good for this one!