How to Do a Rail Slide on Skis

How to Do a Rail Slide on Skis
Once you can comfortably ski at an intermediate level, you're ready to learn some tricks. But first, make sure your equipment fits properly and wear the required safety equipment---in case you fall---such as a helmet or elbow pads. It will take some time and practice to master a rail slide on skis, one of the harder tricks to master. The key is to gain enough speed to jump onto the rail, then you need to land on it at the correct angle so you don't fall.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Things You’ll Need:
  • Skis
  • Protective gear
  • A rail, at least six feet long
Step 1
Begin far enough up on the mountain so you gain good momentum as you aim for the rail.
Step 2
Speed toward the rail, bend your knees, then crouch further down when you're at about five feet from the rail's edge. Jump up and turn your body to a 90 degree angle, turning in the direction of your dominant foot, which should be forward. Land with the rail right under your feet, your weight distributed evenly.
Step 3
Stay as balanced as you possibly can while sliding down the rail, keeping the majority of the pressure on your dominant front foot. Your knees should be bent, with your upper body and hips straight up helping you balance. Your feet should be shoulder width apart.
Step 4
Keep your focus on the end of the rail, and as you slide off it, redirect your skis so that they face directly out in front of you, front tips straight ahead.
Step 5
Land in the snow with the tips of the skis pointed up a little at an angle so they don't catch on the ground and tip you forward.

Article Written By Lauren Wise

Lauren Wise has more than eight years' experience as a writer, editor, copywriter and columnist. She specializes in food, wine, music and pop culture. Her writing has appeared in various magazines, including "Runway," "A2Z," "Scottsdale Luxury Living" and "True West." Wise holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Arizona State University.

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