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How to Get Up On Skis


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Falling while skiing happens to everybody, beginner to expert, so don't be too embarrassed if you fall. The first thing to do after a fall is to take a minute to compose yourself and make sure you didn't hurt yourself or damage your skis, boots or poles.

How to Get Up on Skis

Once you are calm and collected, maneuver your skis so your ski boots are together and your skis are perpendicular to the slope of the hill. It's important to be across the fall line because the bottom of the trail may not necessarily be the immediate fall line.

As best you can, determine that when you right yourself and are standing, you will have a firm footing and edge control. Now lean into the hill with both ski poles together and with one hand atop the poles and the other hand down low to the snow.

Leaning a little forward, with knees bent over your boots engage your leg muscles and push your poles into the snow. In one motion use the arms and poles to steady yourself as you push with the legs from a squat to a standing position.

As soon as you rise, remember to keep on your edges until you have fixed your ski poles into the skiing position. Once you are composed push off and continue to enjoy skiing.

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