Do you crave an adrenaline rush when you are on the ski hill? Maybe you want to learn a few tricks on the terrain park? Perhaps you simply want to teach your children how to ski? To do all these things, it is essential to learn how to ski backwards. While learning this requirement may be daunting for many skiers, this skill can open many new doors on the slopes.
Here at The Adventure Junkies, we’ll to teach you everything you need to know to learn how to ski backwards. In addition to step-by-step instructions, we’ll also touch on some safety tips, what gear you’ll need, common mistakes and a few tricks you can show off while skiing backwards. So, let’s get started!
TIPS TO LEARN HOW TO SKI BACKWARDS
GET INTO STARTING POSITION
Your knees should be shoulder width apart and centered on your skis. Your hands should be out in front of you. You should also keep your chest up and resist the temptation to fold at the waist.
As you begin to slide backwards on your skis, scissor your legs a little so that one ski is further backwards than the other ski. If your right ski falls back, you should then rotate your shoulders and hips so that you are looking over your right shoulder. By doing this, you will carve towards the left.
Next, let your left ski fall back while you rotate your shoulders and hips over your left shoulder. Doing this will let you carve towards the right.
LOOK WHERE YOU ARE GOING
If you turn your body fully instead of merely glancing over your shoulder, you will be able to see more of what is going on behind you when you are skiing backwards. It is important not to look straight back up the hill because then you will have no idea where you are going and could easily run into a downhill skier or an obstacle. This could even cause serious injury to you or someone else.