How to Get Up After a Fall Without Taking Off Your Skis

Every Skier Falls and Here’s a Safe and Easy Way to Get Back Up

Martin Heckelman, known as ‘Mr. Ski Tips’, is the author of‘ The New Guide To Skiing’, ‘The Hamlyn Guide To Skiing’ and ‘Step-by-Step Skiing Skills’.

He is also the instructor and demonstrator in the ‘Ski Tips’ series of videos and DVDs as well as the recently released ‘Ski Tips’ Apps series for smartphones. He is based in Val d’Isere, France, one of the world’s top ski resorts.

How to Get Up After a Fall Without Taking Off Your Skis

Every skier falls and the fact that you fall is nothing to be embarrassed about. However, flailing around on the ground can produce some chuckles from your friends. Martin Heckelman explains a quick, easy and graceful way to get back up without taking off your skis.

From Martin Heckelman

After a fall trying to get back up incorrectly and inefficiently can be very tiring, frustrating and, yes embarrassing. Getting up quickly and correctly without taking off your skis may not look easy at first, but with a little practice, it will become a habit and not difficult at all.

As a beginner, you will know when you are about to fall and when you feel that moment coming on try to fall sideways with your skis straight ahead and together. Of course, there will be times when you just fall all jumbled. If your skis have not released, maneuver yourself so you are sitting on the hill with your skis together and across the fall line.

Of course, there will be times when you just fall all jumbled but if your skis have not released maneuver yourself so you are sitting on the hill with your skis together and across the fall line.

Step one is to bend your knees and bring them close to your chest. Remove your hands from the pole straps and place both ski poles in front of your chest with the tips in the snow next to your uphill thigh, just above the knee. Now place one hand on top of the ski pole grips and the other hand on the poles just above the baskets – or, if the snow is firm you can put that on the snow at your uphill side.

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