How to Put On and Take Off Skis

How to Put On and Take Off Skis

Published: Nov 20, 2020

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Putting on skis and taking them off can be very frustrating, especially for beginners. Learning how to manage and put on all your ski equipment takes time and there are some basic rules to be followed so that everything will be much easier.

To be able to put your skis on, you have to lay them down across the slope and be careful so that the skis won't start sliding. Make sure that no snow is stuck to the bottom of your boot, and use your ski poles to keep you balanced.

To be able to take them off, make sure that you're in a steady position and use your ski pole to manipulate the binding.

Remember that your boots and bindings are the direct connection to be able to transfer your body movement to the skis, so it is important that they are set properly and taken off with care. Read our guide below for more information on how you can get in and out of your skis.


Before Putting On Skis

Make sure that the skis won't slide. They need to be laid down across the slope and as you put them on; you will still be standing sideways and won't slide anywhere.

Make sure that there is no snow stuck to your ski boot because too much snow will not close the binding properly, so scape the snow off beforehand using your poles. If the snow is too hard to scrape off, you should bang or stomp the back of the boots against the binding and take as much care when doing this.
Use your poles to keep your balance while you are booting up, so that it is easier to stand on one leg on a slippery surface.


Putting On Ski Boots


  • Unfasten the boots buckles and the power strap at the top.
  • Open the boot by grabbing the loop of the tongue then pull it forward (away from you) and off to the side.
  • Stand up then step into the boot by sliding your toes in and then your heel. Get your foot in at the correct angle by bending your knees and flexing your shins forward.
  • Hold the tongue loop and pull up on everything. The tongue should be centered in place and the buckle flaps should overlap properly.
  • Stand up with your heel on the ground and your toe pointed up at about a 45 degree angle from the ground.
  • Fasten the power strap but don't secure it as tight yet.
  • Start buckling the top of the boot all the way down.
  • Fasten the top buckles. It should take some effort to close the buckles and get a nice, firm snap. The second buckle from the top is for keeping your heel in place and it is the most important to secure.
  • Secure your power strap so that it is as snug as the top buckles.
  • Flex forward and then fasten the boot's lower buckles.


Putting on Skis

  • Lay the skis on a flat surface or across the slope, at an angle of 90° to the fall line, so that they don't slide away from you. It is best to put your skis on close to where you want to start skiing.
  • There is usually no designated right or left foot on skis. Sometimes, ski technicians mount and test bindings using a left or right boot and might mark skis right or left.
  • Make certain that ski binding's heel pieces are pushed down.
  • Use your ski poles to remove excess snow from your boots or you can tap your boots gently against the binding to remove the snow. Also clear the snow on the binding toe piece.
  • Use your poles for balance. You'll want to put on your downhill ski first, if you're on a hill, to give you more stability before clicking into the second ski.
  • Align the toe of your boot with the ski binding's toe piece. Take note that if the ski brake sits under your heel, then your skis are facing the correct direction.
  • Look back at your heel piece by standing on your tiptoe and drop your heel down into the binding until you hear a solid click. The heel piece should now be flipped up and your boot is secured to your ski.

Common Mistakes

1. Skis are not laid down across the slope properly.
2. Putting the uphill ski on first instead of the downhill ski.
3. Forgetting to clear the snow from the sole of the boot.


Taking Boots Off

  • Undo all of the buckles, starting from the toe and up to the top buckle.
  • Pull the boot's tongue forward and off to the side to be able to open the boot up. Then grasp the back of the boot and push it away as you pull your foot out.


Taking Skis Off

  • Find a moderately flat spot and make sure that you are in a steady position.
  • Use your ski pole to push down the heel lever on the back of the binding, while you take your weight off of the heel.
  • The heel piece will then rotate upwards and release the heel of the ski boot.
  • Make sure to push down firmly to be able to release your boot from the binding.
  • Lift your foot to the side and then step out, then just repeat the process with the other ski.

It is not important which ski you take off first, but it is usually easier to remove the uphill ski first before taking the downhill ski off.

Common Mistakes

1. It is common that some may disregard taking their weight off of the heel when taking off skis. It is important to take your weight off of it to be able to release the boot.
2. Some may also forget to set themselves up properly before taking their skis off.

Remember to always ask a professional for guidance to avoid any mistakes while you are putting on or taking off your skis on the slope.


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