let me introduce you to a little known sport, or as it’s referred to more accurately by aficionados: art-form, called snow jumping.
there is one very important pre-requisite for this activity: you need a shed-load of snow to be dumped on your location daily for about four days in a row, with freezing temperatures at night to maintain consistency and depth.
preparation is key: you want to wrap up warm with plenty of waterproof clothing on top. make sure that there are no tiny gaps between gloves and sleeves, scarf and neck etc. in fact, tucking your vest into your thermals is also a good idea (but not the sexiest style you will ever carry off) to prevent any ingress by the tiniest amount of the cold stuff, which will melt as soon as it reaches any of the cosy parts of your body and turn to freezing water which will then run down your neck, leg, arm etc. not good.
to allow you to take part at home, here is a quick guide. bear in mind that perfecting this technique takes many, many hours of practice so don’t be too disheartened by your first, stumbling attempts.
step 1. find a stretch of particularly deep, untouched, lovely white stuff.
step 2. run as fast as your many layers of clothing will allow.
step 3. launch yourself from the ground by pushing off with one foot.
step 4. bearing in mind that points are awarded for style and panache as well as distance travelled and landing, turn/twist/spin/kick/flail/somersault even, as many times as is possible.
step 5. the landing, ah the landing, my favourite part. if you have nailed your take-off perfectly, then landing pretty much takes care of itself.
to assist you: if you’re doing it right, the end result should look something like this:happy snow-jumping everyone!