How to switch from skis to crampons on a slope - Petzl Belgique

How to switch from skis to crampons on a slope


  • Read the technical notice before viewing the following techniques.
  • It is important to fully understand the information provided in the technical notice before using this complementary information
  • Mastering these techniques requires training.
  • Consult a professional before attempting to perform these techniques on your own.

During a ski descent, if conditions are unsafe or if you took the wrong path, you may be forced to remove your skis and put crampons on, then downclimb or go back up the slope.


This maneuver, while simple on flat terrain, is incredibly tricky when stuck on a slope and unable to move to a more comfortable place.


In this video, Tony Lamiche, steep skier and Team Petzl member, will show us his technique.


Your first instinct should be to anchor yourself using an ice screw or other temporary anchor, as there is a great risk of losing your balance or slipping during the many equipment manipulations.


WARNING: Tony Lamiche uses his own technique to strap on his crampons, which gives an advantage in convenience, but carries a higher risk of the crampons catching on each other while walking. Petzl recommends following the Instructions for Use for the crampons and to take the utmost care in fitting the crampons to the boots before use.