Thanks to a 20-degree approach and a jump that “had good kick,” Collins and TGR skiers Micah Black and Erik Roner needed to stamp out only a 40-foot inrun.
Black and Roner helped Collins build the three-foot-high kicker in about 20 minutes.
“The cliff I originally planned to huck had avalanched in the landing zone. The fracture was huge and took all the soft snow with it. Luckily we spotted another good cliff a short distance away.”
“From that height, stomping it isn’t really an option,” says Collins. “To avoid a knee-to-face collision, it’s ideal to land leaning slightly back. I landed just about how I wanted to – leaning back, then popping up.”
30-degree landing with 10 inches of fresh.