Video loading...

How to Carry Skis in the Backcountry

Outside's long reads email newsletter features our strongest writing, most ambitious reporting, and award-winning storytelling about the outdoors. Sign up today.

Skinning is the preferred mode of uphill travel for most backcountry skiers. But sometimes steep or icy terrain calls for hiking. In these scenarios, we use our backpacks to carry skis and keep our hands free. Pro skier Drew Petersen teamed up with Salomon TV and Switchback Entertainment to demonstrate the diagonal and A-frame ski-carry techniques.