Cross Country Skiing — Going Uphill

How do you go uphill on skis? On cross-country skis, you have three options. First, you may have skis with ‘fish-scale’ type material on the bottom. With these skis, you can ski straight up small slopes easily. If you find yourself slipping, however, you’ll need to use either the side-step or herringbone technique. The side-step is a beginner’s move, but it comes in handy in a pinch. Pivot your skis and turn so that they’re perpendicular to the slope you want to climb. Move your uphill ski up one step, then move your downhill ski up until it’s next to the other ski. Keep ‘stepping’ until you climb the whole hill.