With the holidays behind you and a new year in full swing, spare time is hard to come by. But this is no time to neglect your training, no matter how packed your schedule. Exercise for only a few minutes, three times a day and you’ll still get a big on-hill payoff. Need more incentive? Wayne Westcott, author of Building Strength and Stamina, attests that the multiple short blasts of exercise can boost your metabolism, to help you finally nix those pesky pounds you’ve been carrying around since the holidays.
Artful skiing boils down to this: when, where and how you turn. The “when” and the “where” are totally up to you. The how, though, leaves less room for personal choice or impulse. Steering your skis, no matter when and no matter where, is best accomplished by turning—or, more specifically, twisting—your legs. Doing so without involving the rest of your body is crucial, but it’s harder than it sounds. This month, we show you how to separate the actions of your upper and lower body for strong and accurate turns. In doing so, you’ll separate yourself from most of the skiers out there.
Moguls are like snowflakes: No two are the same. Each has its own size and shape, and that’s what makes bump skiing a challenge. The trick is to synchronize your movements with the contours of the bump field. This requires you to make some turns with your legs extended, and some with your legs flexed. And you have to be able to twist your skis at different speeds—sometimes fast, sometimes slow. When your movements match the ups and downs and ins and outs of the terrain, the road gets a lot smoother. Put it all together, and you’ll impress anyone who’s watching.
While this winter brought us sweet powder and effortless turns, all good things must eventually come to an end. Spring brings the promise of softer snow and sunny days. Help your body stay in shape for skiing into June with these simple routines.