Top 5 Impressive Ski Tricks That Even a Beginner Can Master

Once you’ve mastered the art of skiing without falling and your confidence starts to grow, you might start to think about conquering a few simple tricks. It may be easier to impress the kids than you might think, here is a list of the top ski tricks that are relatively easy to master but still look impressive on the slopes.

Spread Eagle

This is usually the first trick skiers attempt and is a good one to begin with. Making an ‘X’ with your body as you come off the jump you want to remember to approach the kicker with plenty of speed and keep your arms and legs as stiff as possible.


Moving onto the slightly harder ‘Daffy’ where you are effectively doing a front split in the air, splaying your arms and legs forwards to either side. You want to make sure you’ve got plenty of air with this trick to avoid catching your skis.

Iron Cross

With this trick your skis should cross in the air to form an ‘X’. Again you need to make sure you gain plenty of air off of the jump and focus on timing and coordination. It may sound easy but it is easier to hurt yourself than pull off this trick effectively so give it the time and attention it deserves.

Tail Grab

The tail grab is one of those classic tricks that you will always remember the day you first pulled it off. For this one you need plenty of air and speed whilst focusing on foot position. As you leave the jump turn out your toes so the heels of your skis cross and arch your legs back so the heels of your skis are raised behind your back. Then touch the back heel of your ski before bringing your skis back under you and making a soft grounding.


Finishing with one of the harder beginner tricks, the 180 is one of the most impressive out there and if you can master it will have you the talk of the chalet. Considerably easier than attempting a 360, this trick will still look good even if you don’t quiet manage the full angle. If you start practising on flat ground you will find out which way is more comfortable for you to spin. When you’re ready, ride up to the slop with good speed and then pop as you would for straight and then make the small spin.

All of these tricks take plenty of practice and shouldn’t be undertaken alone or underprepared but once you’ve mastered them they can make for great family photos and videos of your skiing holiday.