Before you head to the top of a hill, start by pushing your way around on the flats. Start with your shins pressed against the front of your boots to stay forward and to stay balanced. This will also get you used to the sensation of gliding around on snow.
But what do you do when you can’t glide? That is where duck walking and side-stepping come into play.
Side-stepping is when you move with your skis perpendicular to the slope (meaning your skis are pointed across the hill instead of down the hill) and navigate up the hill. When you are in position, lean your knees uphill and take small steps sideways. This can be useful when you have to get up a small incline or if you drop a pole uphill and have to retrieve it.
The other way to move uphill is the herringbone or duck walk. For this move, make a V-shape with the tails of your skis closer together than the tips. Flex your ankles forward and sink your knees inward, this will create a wedge so you don’t slide backward. From there, you can walk around almost anywhere. Just make sure the tails of your skis don’t cross.
The next thing you’ll want to learn is how to get up when you fall. There are a few different ways to get up easily.
The first way is to place your skis parallel and across the slope. Make sure they are downhill (so your head is closer to the top of the hill and your feet are closer to the bottom of the hill). From there, use your hands to slowly push your way up.
Another way is to roll onto your stomach and bend your knees so your skis are in the air. Now, put your feet sideways so that the insides of your feet are touching the snow. From there, navigate into a duck walking position and push yourself up like you would if you are doing a pushup.
And as a last resort, take off one of your skis to make standing up even easier.