Play It Smart Once You Get On Snow
Snow sports are a little bit like riding a bike; once you’ve got it, your mojo and feel for the snow returns pretty quickly. But, if you’re not a pro who literally skis year around—a season-to-season layoff will leave anyone a bit rusty. Commit those first few days of skiing acclimating to altitude, staying hydrated, protecting yourself from the harsh high altitude sun, paying attention to your edge and base ski preparation, as well as getting used to your boots. During days one and two at the resort, less is better. If you over do it, the rest of your stay might be ruined. If you’re jammin’ in on Friday and leaving on Sunday, your pre-season preparation is even more important! In this case, time is not on your side!
Stay Fit In-Season, Through-The-Season And Out Of Season
Cross Training in and out of season is fantastic. Circuit training, indoor rock climbing, single track mountain biking, trail running, hiking, balance training and slack lining are just a few activities that can be a part of getting and staying in shape.
Remember, an effective dry land program focuses on general fitness, core strength, mobility, strength, anaerobic fitness and body control. Whether you’re a world-class competitor–or simply want to get better, have fun and reduce your risk of injury–you need to be fit and ready for the start of the season. Dry land training not only reduces the risk of injury, but it makes your sport easier to do, and more enjoyable, not to mention you’ll recover more quickly from your long days on snow.
Complement your weekly cross training with at least 2 conditioning workouts per week at the intensities you last trained for power/strength development, core strength, endurance, balance and mobility, and/or implement the Quick-6 workout detailed previously.
Go Big, Dawg—No Need To Stay Home On The Porch
If you want to improve every year, jump-start that goal with a good fitness base. Skill improvement begins with being fit before the season starts. Once you get your rhythm, timing and feel back on snow—and that will happen more quickly if you’re in shape–then you can quickly move to a next level of ski ability.
Bottom line: Getting better is fun and rewarding, but depends a lot on your fitness level. Finally, change your mindset. Getting and staying fit for skiing is a year-round commitment if you want to avoid injury, improve your skiing, get the most out of your ski day and have your best season ever. Your year-around activities will be enhanced too. Here’s to an exciting breakout ski year!