Uphill traverse

When a slope becomes too steep for diagonal stride or herringbone, an uphill traverse may be used, involving diagonal stride up and across the slope. A variation of this on steeper or icy slopes is a diagonal side step using more edge. The angle of traverse is dependent upon the type of snow and steepness of the slope. Steeper or icy slopes are tackled using a shallower angle than those with soft and deep snow. Try to make large ascents in a series of manageable angles, particularly if carrying a heavy pack, or breaking a trail in deep or soft snow. A traverse usually ends with a kick turn or tacking turn.