Had any good falls lately? You will when skiing. Everyone does, from mighty experts to skittish novices. Not to worry. Falling on snow is much like falling on a firm mattress. Snow yields. You usually won’t hurt anything, except your pride.

However, as with all ski techniques, there’s only one right way to fall, and that’s to fall, or sit down, sideways - dropping onto the snow, not your skis. Keep your hands upward and forward to avoid spraining a wrist or fingers.

Once you’re down the problem is: How in the hell do you get back up? If the skis are tangled under you roll onto your side, or your back if it’s necessary to maneuver your legs until your skis are free of your body.

If you’re on a slope make doubly certain your skis are below you and at right angles to the fall line. Next, scrunch your butt close to your skis. Roll over onto your knees. Push yourself up with your poles and/or your hands, keeping your weight forward and on the uphill edge of the skis.

Remember: If your skis aren’t at right angles to the fall line you’ll slip or slide downhill. If your skis are too far from your body you won’t be able to stand up.

It’s comforting if a partner holds out a hand to help you back onto your skis, but what happens if you don’t know how to get up and you’re all alone on that great big mountain?

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