The mute grab was one of the first grabs ever done by skiers and remains the most stylish. Watching a skier suspended in the air with his skis tweaked into that perfect crossed-up position is one of the most beautiful things you'll ever see above the snow. It's a versatile move that can be thrown off every type of jump, in the halfpipe, and in multiple combinations.
The great part is that it's not that hard to do.
Being able to hit a jump cleanly
Being able to lift your knees to your chestThe Technique:First, find yourself a good jump. Small- to medium-sized tabletops in the terrain park are a good place to start. At first, simply hit the jump and pull your knees to your chest while in the air. Once you've got that down, add an old-fashioned tip cross. When you're feeling comfortable with that, reach down with one hand and grab the opposite ski by the outside edge (i.e., right hand grabs left ski), just in front of your binding toepiece. Make sure you wait until you're in the air and balanced before you go for the grab.Your first grabs will probably be more like touches than grabs, but as you get more comfortable with this move, you'll want to really grab your ski and tweak it behind you. That's the way to achieve the really stylish crossed-up position. Grab with your top two fingers -- you need the others to hold your pole. A final reminder: Lift your knees aggressively toward your chest, as opposed to just reaching down with your hand, and keep your eyes up.Progression:
Mute grab; other grabs, like the Huntony.
Japan air, or tail grab
Mute grab 360
Back flip mute grab