HOW TO SKIING BACKWARDS A BEGINNERS GUIDE

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Next, let your left ski fall back while you rotate your shoulders and hips over your left shoulder. Doing this will let you carve towards the right.

LOOK WHERE YOU ARE GOING

If you turn your body fully instead of merely glancing over your shoulder, you will be able to see more of what is going on behind you when you are skiing backwards. It is important not to look straight back up the hill because then you will have no idea where you are going and could easily run into a downhill skier or an obstacle. This could even cause serious injury to you or someone else.

CONTROL YOUR SPEED

When most people are first learning how to ski backwards, they will want to control their speed by doing a backwards “pizza” maneuver. This technique is pretty similar to how they learned to slow down when skiing forward. While this maneuver works, it really isn’t the proper way to control your speed.

The best way to control your speed when skiing backwards is to carve deeply in one direction. For instance, it would be advisable to let your right ski fall back while looking over your right shoulder. Your skis will eventually carve around far enough that you will be skiing up the mountain, thereby controlling your speed.

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