After traversing across a steep or icy slope, a kick turn is the safest option. It is an effective method of turning 180° while stationary. With your skis across the slope, face your body downhill, and place both poles behind you for support. Kick the downhill or front ski forward, and rest its tail on the snow next to the tip of the other ski. Then spin the tip of the raised ski out and away from your body, to place it on the snow facing the opposite direction. After putting your weight on this ski, lift and place your other ski parallel with the first. Bring your poles and upper body around to face in the new direction. Make sure your legs are flexed, and do not place too much weight on your poles. It can be done both facing up and down hill, but is more commonly done facing downhill, as described above.