How to Carry Your Skis and Poles from the Car to the Slope

Trekking in ski boots with heavy skis all the way from the car to the lodge is daunting, but the manner in which you carry them can reduce the load on your body and start your day off better. Also, you won't call as much attention to your inexperience, as everyone else cringes when you drop your skis on the ground.


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    Get all your gear on first. Ensure that it's comfortable (don't forget your gloves). Make sure you have everything you need for the day in your pockets and anything you don't need stowed away, so it's just you, your skis, and your poles.
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    Lean your poles against a car/building/snowbank. This makes them easily accessible with one hand while standing up.
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    Grab your skis. Keep the bases together and look at the bindings. The brakes (the plastic and metal arms that stick out when your boot isn't clicked in) should overlap, one set on top of the other.
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    Put the skis on one shoulder, the tips facing forward, the whole binding behind your shoulder. Place the skis flat so that the edges don't dig into your shoulder. Lift up the same side arm as the skis are on and wrap it over the top of the skis, letting your wrist hang over the inside edge of the skis.
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    Grab both poles with the other hand below the handles. You're good to cruise up to the lifts!


  • When the brakes on the bindings overlap, one set ends up on top (closer to the tip of the ski). Keeping the ski with the brakes overlapping "on top" with the graphics facing down when placed on your shoulder will keep the other ski from sliding forward when you carry them.
  • If you want to look like a park rat (slope-style style skiers that hit jumps and slide rails), or you have tele (free heel) or AT bindings (made for ascending mountains) that are really light, you can opt for just carrying them in one hand at your side at the balance point of the ski so the bases are perpendicular to the ground.
  • Unless you want to look like a gaper (a goofy newbie skier) don't let your skis cross when carrying them, and don't let the tails (behind you) ever drop lower than the tips (pointing ahead).


  • Try not to decapitate anyone or smash cars when you turn around with your skis over your shoulder. This can be accomplished by making sure you put enough pressure on the hand that's looped over the front of your skis, creating an angle to keep the ski tails high.

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