Do you need an adrenaline rush when skiing on a slope? Maybe you want to learn some tips about the snow park? Maybe you just want to teach your children to ski? To do all these things, it is essential to learn to ski in the back. While learning this technique may seem daunting to many skiers, this skill can open many new doors on the slopes.
I will teach you everything you need to know to learn to ski backwards. In addition to the step-by-step instructions, I will also discuss some safety tips, the equipment you will need, common mistakes and some tips you can do when skiing backwards. So, let’s go!
1 TIPS FOR LEARNING TO SKI BACKWARDS
1.1 HAVE THE STARTING POSITION
1.2 START OF MOVEMENT
1.3 WATCH WHERE YOU’RE GOING
1.4 CONTROL YOUR SPEED
1.5 TRAIN YOURSELF
2 Common skiing errors in the back
2.1 STAY IN BALANCE
2.2 SWIVEL TOO FAR
2.3 MINIMIZE ARM MOVEMENT
3 SAFETY TIPS
4 EQUIPMENT YOU NEED TO SKI BACKWARDS
4.1 SKI HELMET
4.2 DOUBLE SPATULA SKIS (TWIN-TIP)
TIPS FOR LEARNING TO SKI BACKWARDS
HAVE THE STARTING POSITION
Your knees should be at shoulder width. Your hands should be in front of you. You should also keep your chest and resist the temptation to bend to your waist.
START OF MOVEMENT
When you start sliding backwards on your skis, try to have one ski a little further back than the other. If your right ski is ahead of schedule, then you must rotate your shoulders and hips to look over your right shoulder. By doing this, you turn to the left.
Then, let your left ski move forward while you rotate your shoulders and hips on your left shoulder. This will allow you to turn to the right.
LOOK WHERE YOU’RE GOING
If you turn your body completely instead of just looking over your shoulder, you can see more of what happens behind you when you ski backwards. It is important not to look straight up the hill because you will not know where you are going and could easily hit a skier or obstacle. It could even cause serious injury to you or someone else.
CONTROL YOUR SPEED
When most people learn to ski backwards, they will want to control their speed by using a pizza snowplow in the back. This technique is quite similar to how they learned to slow down by skiing forward. Although this manoeuvre works, it is really not the right way to control your speed.
The best way to control your speed when skiing from the back is to dig deep in one direction. For example, it would be advisable to leave your ski straight ahead while looking over your right shoulder. Your skis will eventually turn sufficiently until you feel like you are going up in the mountains, thus controlling your speed.
Most people find that with practice, skiing backwards can be one of the most fun activities in the mountains. Over time, it can even become second nature to any skier.
When you learn to ski in the back for the first time, you should master this technique on a blue (easy) slope, where you can easily control your speed. As you progress to steeper slopes, you can start adding freestyle jumps.
COMMON SKIING ERRORS IN THE BACK
STAY IN BALANCE
Most skiers prefer to turn their bodies to the right or left when learning to ski backwards. Usually, this is because it is more comfortable to rotate your body to one side than to the other.
However, it is important to resist the urge to look only over your right or left shoulder. Over time, this becomes a habit.
PIVOT TOO FAR
While it is important to rotate your hips and shoulders to see where you are going, rotating too far can also be a problem.
MINIMIZE ARM MOVEMENT
If you are learning to ski in the back to do jumps or tricks, it is important to keep your hands in front of you and not behind you.
You can use your arms to keep your momentum going by keeping your hands in front of you when jumping, especially if you plan to change your direction, from skiing backwards to skiing forwards or vice versa. If they are too far behind you, there will be too much arm movement before you finish your turn.
When you start learning to ski in the back, it is essential to start on a blue slope or on an unovercrowded groomed trail. Follow the rules of the slopes, give way to the downhill skier and always be aware of those around you. Through this tutorial, you will learn to rotate your body to get the maximum visibility of the slope in front of you.
EQUIPMENT YOU NEED TO SKI BACKWARDS
Some may say that any experienced skier can learn to ski backwards without special equipment, but most will not agree. As a general rule, a ski helmet is recommended.
Although wearing a helmet is always a good idea when learning new skills or skiing in a snow park, it is particularly important to prevent head injuries.
DOUBLE SPATULA SKIS (TWIN-TIP)
In addition to the helmet, most skiers recommend double-spatula skis. These are rounded and overturned at both ends, preventing the spatula from getting stuck in the snow when the skier is skiing in the back. Skiers find it easier to manoeuvre in the snow park and can generally be used anywhere in the mountain.