Skiers are carried to the summit of the trails by a variety of lifts. But they also do a lot of puffing and chugging to climb small slopes with their skis on. There are two techniques for climbing: the herringbone, which the French call the montee en canard, or duck walk; and the sidestep. The herringbone is used on easier slopes, the side - step on steeper pitches.

To start the herringbone, face uphill and make a wide V with your skis, the tips pointed out and the tails together. Place your poles behind you to help you push yourself up if you need to. Put your weight on the inside edges of the skis by bending your knees inward.


With your weight on one ski, raise the other and move it forward, then set it down at the same angle and put your weight on the inner edge. Lift the second ski and move it forward, again planting it with your weight on the inner edge. Go uphill step by herringbone step.

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