We asked athletes how they stay fit during the off-season (when they aren’t in South America).
The best skiers know there’s a direct correlation between summer activities and winter abilities. But when the temperature spikes and the sun starts to shine, it’s easy to forget the challenges of carving out turns, enduring tough terrain, and ripping through powder. We asked some of the sport’s strongest athletes what they do to cross-train before ski season.
To tighten those turns and improve that stance, try SKI Magazine’s NASTAR racing.
Square your shoulders. Always look ahead. Drive your body forward. Skiing tips sound effortless on paper, but feel so tricky once you’re on the mountain, clipped in and moving downhill. The key to getting better, as with most sports, is repetition and practice to generate muscle memory. One way many strong skiers get better and hone technical skills is through racing. Luckily, ski racing is about more than attending an expensive ski academy as a grom or traveling every weekend to race with a club.
Try this routine to prepare your body for a stellar ski season.
In any sport, the less your body can handle, the less you’re capable of. You’re not going to be able to crush Pali Face all day if your definition of exercise is the walk from your car to the office. We talked to Dr. Mark Pitcher, a chiropractor and physiologist in Vail, as well as a specialist in TRX suspension training, to get a better understanding of pre-season training.
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.