How to Slide Kinked Rails on Skis | Slide It, Front Swap & K-fed

What you Will Learn in this Tutorial

This tutorial provides instructions on how to slide kinked rails on skis. Jens Coach Vinnie, demonstrates the technique of sliding on a downflat down tube, emphasizing the importance of a parallel approach and a light jump onto the rail. They also discusses the balance adjustment required when encountering a change in angle on a rail. Furthermore, the tutorial introduces an advanced level technique called the front swap, which involves landing on the rail and transitioning smoothly into a 180-degree spin. Jens advises practicing the front swap with a focus on heel down and toe down pops for better execution. Overall, the tutorial offers valuable tips and suggestions for skiers looking to enhance their sliding skills on kinked rails.


  • The downflat down tube is an ideal rail for beginners due to its low height, wide width, and less steep angles.
  • A parallel approach and a sideway hop onto the rail are recommended to make it to the end of the rail successfully.
  • Maintaining a balance with the rail and adjusting for changes in angle is crucial.
  • Slowing down while approaching the rail makes it easier to navigate the kinks, whereas higher speeds increase the challenge of completing tricks.
  • The front swap technique involves landing on the rail and smoothly transitioning into a 180-degree spin.
  • Practice the front swap first without popping too high, then progress to the full maneuver.
  • Practicing on concrete in ski boots can be beneficial for skill development.
  • Finding a balance between speed and trick execution is a tactical trade-off when skiing on advanced features like kinked rails.