Mastering the Slopes: Essential Tips on How to Carry Skis

Mastering the Slopes: Essential Tips on How to Carry Skis

This is the ideal way to carry your skis if you just need to walk a short distance. Skis can weigh a lot, depending on how you put them up. Even if you've been going to the gym, carrying them by your side over lengthy distances might get exhausting.

Essential Steps To Carry Your Ski

Step 1: Hold skis with bases facing each other and interlock brakes

Hold your skis parallel to one another, bases facing each other, to begin. Set the bases up against each other. Make sure your binding brakes interlock when you put your bases together; this will assist in holding your skis together. Make sure to observe which ski brakes are in contact with one another. 

Step 2: Find the balance point and handle the skis carefully

Next, feel for the point of balance by holding your skis in your hand between the toe and heel pieces of your binding. Verify that the brakes on the outside ski and the inside ski are overlapping. By doing this, you can stop your inside ski from sliding back and creating problems. As you compress the camber, take care not to pinch your palm with the ski's edges.

Step 3: Use ski straps for added stability 

If you have a premium ski carrier, you can enhance stability by placing it over the binding's toe piece, which is where your skis' bases naturally meet, before you go. To prevent yourself from pinching, you might also compress the camber by placing it between the bindings. Avoid leaving a strap in the cambered area of your skis for a lengthy amount of time since this may eventually cause issues with the camber of your skis. 

Step 4: Carry poles in the free-hand  

With your free hand, grab your poles and start moving! One can go skiing in the snow.

Over the Shoulder Method 

Over the Shoulder Method

Skiing over the shoulder is the most convenient way to carry your skis, although it might be challenging at first. I'm sure you'll agree. It is excellent for distributing weight.

Step 1: position skis base-to-base and identify the top ski

This carrying method begins in the same manner as the last one. Place the bases of your skis against each other while holding them vertically. Note which ski brake is underneath the other, please. When you lift the skis onto your shoulder, the one with the brake underneath will become your "top" ski.

Step 2: Lift skis by the front of bindings, place on the shoulder

Since there are more skis in front of your bindings than behind them, the weight of the skis will feel more balanced if you hold the toe of the skis behind your shoulder. Furthermore, your binding's toe piece will be far kinder to your shoulder than its heel.

Step 3: Secure skis with straps

Before you throw those poles over your shoulder, if you have one, put a ski strap on close to the tips of your skis, where the ski bases meet naturally. If this guide has taught you anything, it's that you can never have too many vintage ski posters.

Carry Your Skis with Your Poles (the suitcase method)

Carry Your Skis with Your Poles

Often referred to as "the suitcase," this one needs a ski strap but is an ingenious, comfortable method of carrying your poles and skis in one hand. This is how you fasten your skis and poles together if you ever go heli-skiing, so you can add and remove them from the heli basket with ease.

Step 1: Align skis base-to-base 

Place your skis together base-to-base while engaging the brakes, precisely like in the preceding techniques.

Step 2: Attach poles through ski loops 

Then, insert the tips of your skis through the loops using the wrist straps on your poles with certain broader, more rockered skis, such as those that Reposition the bindings such that the loops slide down the skis at least one or two feet. Remember that you will be carrying your ski poles close to the middle of your poles and strapping the points of them above the skis' baskets. As a result, you should make sure that your pole tips extend over your skis' midway point of balance. 

Step 3: Straps poles to skis

Using your ski strap, secure the tips of your poles to both of your skis. To prevent them from slipping, make sure you tie them down securely. If done properly, it ought to resemble the image above.

Step 4: Find a balance point and carry

To shred that powder, grab your poles, feel for the balancing point, and drag your butt up the hill.

Backpack Carry Methods 

Backpack Carry Methods

In the following two ways to carry skis, you have to climb vertical slopes that you can't reach by skinning up. Both split-boarders and ski mountaineers can use these techniques. For extended days spent in the backcountry, lightweight ski-specific packs featuring attachment points are ideal for carrying extra gloves, avalanche rescue equipment, and a first aid kit.

It goes without saying that if you backcountry ski, you should already have an avalanche safety package that includes a shovel, probe, and beacon in addition to any necessary ice equipment, like an ice axe. The avalanche airbag is an additional piece of avalanche gear that is made to hold your shovel, probe, and skis.

A.The A-Frame

You've probably seen the A-Frame in action if you've ever watched a movie that shows a ski mountaineer boot packing a ridgeline or couloir in the backcountry. This is a pretty simple method that works with practically any backpack that features side-cinch straps to help you get your skis on your back.

Step 1: Attach skis to backpack using cinch straps

Verify that the straps on your cinch are unbuckled. Position the upper cinch strap under the binding's heel piece and the lower cinch strap behind the binding's toe piece. Fasten the cinch straps by fastening the buckles.

Step 2: Use ski straps for an A-frame shape

This is an excellent opportunity, if you have a ski strap, to connect the points of your skis to construct the classic A-frame.

Step 3: Adjust the backpack for comfort and safety

As you normally would, put on your pack, but take care not to bump your head on your skis. Next, modify the compression straps and/or shoulder straps on the backpack to help disperse the load evenly and provide optimal comfort. You're ready to go once you fasten your chest straps and hip belt.

B. Diagonal Carry

A lot of smaller packs and avy packs (mine included) have a diagonal carry style and will tell you not to use the A-frame to carry your skis. This warning is crucial to follow because using the A-Frame approach will stop the airbag functionality from working as intended.

Step 1: Prepare skis base-to-base with a strap 

As if you were carrying them by hand, put your skis together from base to base. To add some stability, slap a ski strap over the top.

Step 2: Attach skis to pack diagonally 

Unbuckle and take out the upper carrying strap that has been stowed within the pack. Place this strap beneath your bindings' toe section. Fasten the strap by fastening the buckle. Just beneath the heel piece of your bindings, wrap the bottom cinch strap, which is diagonal from the upper loop, around your skis, buckle, and tighten.

Step 3: Ensure comfort and balance of backpack with skis 

After fastening your ski straps, proceed to put on your backpack by fastening your hip belt and chest strap. The skis ought to be comfy and balanced and shouldn't get in the way of strolling.

Safety Tips

For those long days, lightweight ski-specific packs with attachment points are ideal for carrying an emergency medical kit, extra gloves, and avalanche rescue equipment. You should already have an avalanche safety package that includes a shovel, probe, and beacon in addition to any necessary ice equipment, like an ice axe. 

The Vertical Ski Binding Handle

There is no better way to carry your skis than this while you're among other skiers, which is usually at the base area.  It's the smallest and least likely to collide with someone or anything while you're moving. This is how you carry skis: glance down at your bindings, then grip the binding of the ski with the brake on the bottom of the ski.  This will guarantee that you can carry both skis by simply holding one binding.

Maintenance Advice

After skiing, make sure your skis are completely dry to avoid any rust on the edges. Next, check for damage to the base and decide if waxing is necessary for your skis. A glossy, smooth finish is an indication of a strong foundation. Your skis need wax if you notice grey patches, especially on black bases.

Personal experience 

I remember my first experience with the shoulder method. I finished a delightful day on the slopes. My challenge was to carry my skis back to the lodge very gracefully. I find delicate balance and secure the skis with straps.

I gained more confidence with each step. I was gliding through the snow with poles in hand. I got a small victory, and it made me appreciable when I carried the skis efficiently. I experienced different methods.


At this time, we can get the answer to how to carry your skis. That's it for learning how to ski like a boarder. More time to enjoy yourself and concentrate on the basics of skiing We now know how to manage our skis by applying pressure, distributing our weight, and edging. When we want to, we can turn on any steepness and in any condition of snow.

Read our other interesting guide on how start-wars posters are shaping the collectable Culture in modern times

Back to blog