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Mountain Biking 101: For Skiers

Mountain Biking At Deer Valley Ski Resort
Mountain Biking At Deer Valley Ski Resort
Four tips for skiers who want to get fit in the off-season.

Want to avoid pow-day and hot-lap bonks? Try mountain biking. This off-season activity promises to improve your aerobic fitness and balance—plus hone your focus for choosing lines, tree skiing, and facing fear.

Scott House, communications director and guide for White Pine Touring and Jans Mountain Outfitters in Park City, Utah, gave us countless tips on a recent trip to tackle some of Park City's 400-plus miles of single track. Here are the most important things you should know about mountain biking.

Why Skiers Should Try Mountain Biking

A Rookie Gets Hooked on Mountain Biking

Mountain Bike Park City: Deer Valley Aspens
Mountain Biking Park City: Deer Valley
Park City’s 400-plus miles made it an easy sell.

I rode around the parking lot of White Pine Touring on a $6,000 Specialized mountain bike called “Epic Expert Carbon.” But on that sunny summer morning in Park City, Utah, the problem was that I was no “expert.”

I was about to embark on the longest, most epic bike ride of my life, led by Scott House, the communications director for White Pine Touring, and other guides—all tanned mountain men with chiseled calves. Earlier, House’d reassured me that the group would be broken out by ability levels, that a guide would stick with me.

Need to get in shape? Less just might be more.

Need to get in shape? Less just might be more.
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Good news for procrastinators, the overworked and the overbooked—kind of.

We’re not sure if this helps or hurts us in our quest (ok, often a battle) to stay fit, but recent research seems to indicate that you don’t need to grind it out daily to get in shape—if you’re willing to pump up the intensity of your workouts. The magic, according to scientists, is in interval training, where you push yourself to max effort and heart rate for shorter bursts of time. Now, if you use this news as a handy excuse to cut back on your workout schedule but never follow through with the whole interval thing—yeah, that’s a trap we’re also trying to avoid.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe (or not)

Choosing the Right Running Shoe (or not)
Lululemon Athletica Runner
Lace up those new running shoes? A recent study says that barefoot running puts less stress on your joints.

Wish we had read this before running the Bolder Boulder on Monday. Your running shoes—probably along with your skis—just might have too many miles on them—cutting down on their performance and foot protection. Your running shoes hit the wall after about 600 miles, which for fairly active runners can be six months or so.

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