HOW TO SKI BACKWARDS – A BEGINNERS GUIDE

CONTROL YOUR SPEED

When most people are first learning how to ski backwards, they will want to control their speed by doing a backwards “pizza” maneuver. This technique is pretty similar to how they learned to slow down when skiing forward. While this maneuver works, it really isn’t the proper way to control your speed.

The best way to control your speed when skiing backwards is to carve deeply in one direction. For instance, it would be advisable to let your right ski fall back while looking over your right shoulder. Your skis will eventually carve around far enough that you will be skiing up the mountain, thereby controlling your speed.

PRACTICE

Most people find that with practice, skiing backwards can be one of the most fun activities on the mountain. In time, it can even become second nature to any skier.

When you first learn how to ski backwards, you should master the skill on a gentle slope where you can easily control your speed. As you progress to steeper slopes, you can begin to add terrain park features.

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COMMON MISTAKES WHEN LEARNING HOW TO SKI BACKWARDS

STAY IN BALANCE

Most skiers prefer to either carve right or left when they learn how to ski backwards. Usually, that is because it is more comfortable to rotate your body to one side than to the other side.

However, it is important to resist the urge to only look over your right or left shoulder. Over time, it will limit your muscles and make it even harder to break the habit.

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