How to Put Skis on While on a Hill

It happens to the best of us. You're cruising down a hill on your skis when suddenly you hit an ice patch or a bump on the run and take a spill. When you stop tumbling and feel ready to get up and continue skiing, you realize that your ski boots are no longer clipped into your bindings. You're going to need to clip back in... on the hill.

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

Ski 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.

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Lauren Seidl
Blogger at Sierra Trading Post
Lauren enjoys hiking, camping, climbing and exploring the outdoors. She's always up for trying something new, especially if it involves getting outside. When Lauren isn't out finding adventures in her home state of Colorado, she can be found writing as Sierra Trading Post's blogger.
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