How to Stand Up in Snow Skis

How to Stand Up in Snow Skis
How to stand on snow skis is one of the first things a beginner skier should learn properly. This will enable the skier to learn succeeding snow skiing basics like walking and moving on the slope. The correct standing position on snow skis is called the snow plow stance. This standing position resembles a stance that is called pigeon-toe, a position in which the toes are pointed inward.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Snow skis
  • Ski Poles
Step 1
Prepare to stand up with your ski poles in hand by placing your skis parallel to each other in a position that is perpendicular to the slope of the mountain. This will prevent you from slipping and speeding downhill when attempting to stand up.
Step 2
Stand up slowly and maintain your balance by bending your knees a little while positioning your hands above your thighs.
Step 3
Position the snow ski tips close together while keeping the tails wide apart. Maintain a relaxed position and keep your balance centered.
Step 4
Keep the distance between your skis in this manner as it places your weight in the center, which helps maintain balance. You are now standing in a snow plow position which is the ideal stance for beginners. This standing position offers plenty of stability.

Tips & Warnings

When attempting to stand up on snow skis, it is a good idea to start off by standing across a moderate slope.
Make sure your skis are securely strapped on.
Always assume the snow plow position before you start moving on your skis.
Use the poles to help you maintain your balance.
Before stepping into your ski bindings, clean all dirt, snow and ice from your boots and skis for safety.
Make sure to wear weather appropriate clothing.

Article Written By Rona Aquino

Rona Aquino began writing professionally in 2008. As an avid marathon runner and outdoor enthusiast, she writes on topics of running, fitness and outdoor recreation for various publications. Aquino holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and English from the University of Maryland College Park.

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