How to Do a Railslide on Snow Skis

Rail-slides are important to a freestyle skier's arsenal. Many people feel intimidated by rails, so you will look really cool if you can do them well.

Steps

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    Find a low, straight, flat rail. It shouldn't be round or kinked for your first rail. Make sure it's low enough to stand over, so falling won't be as painful.
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    Approach the rail with enough speed to do a 90 degree spin in the air. Do your spin and land on the rail.
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    Make sure you land with the rail under your boot, preferably directly under the ball of your foot.
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    Keep both of your arms in front of you to help maintain your balance.
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    Don't lean in any direction. Keep your skis flat and as close to perpendicular to the rail as possible. The worst thing you can do is lean back (uphill).
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    To dismount, jump near the end of the rail and do a 90 degree spin in either direction, to land either forwards or backwards.

Tips

  • If you find yourself falling back a lot, focus on keeping your 90 degree spin more flat or lean forward (remembering to keep your hands out in front) when you land to not slip out.
  • Keep your eyes at the end of the rail
  • Landing with the rail under your boot makes things a lot easier, but if you get good you can 'butter' the rail by doing a nose or tail press on the rail.
  • It helps to have your skis about shoulder width apart.
  • Make sure you turn your whole body when you get on, not just your feet
  • Always wear a helmet when skiing.
  • Move on by doing longer, rounded rails, or curved or kinked rails
  • Don't go to fast, you will end up falling.
  • You can do any kind of spin onto and off of the rail: 90, 270, 450. 90 is simply the easiest.
  • Keep your weight forward and the pressure on the inside edge of your front ski
  • It may not look slippery, but it is. Don't lean back. If you do, you may fall and hurt yourself.

Warnings

  • DO NOT SNOWPLOW ON A RAIL/BOX.
  • Don't lean back (uphill).

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Categories: Snow Skiing