Ice axe usage for skiing - Petzl Netherlands

Ice axe usage for skiing


  • 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.

Climbing a snow slope

Climbing a steep section or hard/icy snow slope

On the descent, keep your ice axe within reach:

Ice axe under a pack shoulder strap

Accessibility in case of emergency

Comfortable and reliable

Holding the ice axe and a pole

Risk of losing the ice axe

Ice axe effectiveness is weak

Ice axe on the pack

Inaccessible in case of emergency

Comfortable when the slope presents no difficulty

Descending a difficult steep section by skidding or climbing

Snowboard descent

WARNING: in these situations the ice axe is used as an additional balance point. It would not be effective for stopping a fall in progress.