Putting your skis on while on a slope can be a little daunting; you don't want to start sliding downhill as soon as you hear that boot snap into the binding. To safely put your skis on while on a steep hill, follow these steps.
1. Situate Your Skis on the Hill Perpendicularly
Your skis were designed to go downhill, whether or not you're wearing them. Find your skis and place them on the hill perpendicularly to prevent them from continuing down the mountain without you.
2. Remove Snow from Bindings and Boots
If you just took a tumble, chances are snow used your misfortune as a chance to wedge itself into your bindings and boots. You won't be able to clip into your skis if there are clumps of snow preventing the boot and binding from locking together. Brush unwanted snow from your bindings. Clear your boot bottoms of snow by either brushing them off or giving them a good tap with your ski poles.
3. Build a Platform
While leaving it in a perpendicular position, wedge the bottom ski — the one that is farthest down the slope — into the side of the hill. Create a platform underneath the ski by digging the edge into the snow. This platform will give you a bit of a flat area so you can step into your ski safely and in control.
4. Clip into Your Skis
Once the platform for your most downhill ski is established, you can clip into this ski just as you did at the beginning of the day. Use your ski poles to help with balance if necessary. After clipping into the downhill ski, dig the edge into the hill to make sure your platform is still stable. Use that same platform and your ski poles to balance as you clip into your second ski. Take a moment to collect yourself and make sure everything is secure, then finish your run and catch the next chairlift!
Are you more of a visual learner? Watch this demonstration from Heather of Just a Colorado Gal.