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Train with the U.S. Ski Team: Romanian Dead Lifts

Protect your knees by strengthening your hammies.

Conditioning for skiing has two benefits. The first is no surprise: The better shape you’re in, the better you’ll ski. But being fit also helps reduce your chance of injury. Here, Ernie Reimer, USSA’s Strength and Conditioning Coach, and U.S. Ski Team athlete Kiley Staples take you through a step-by-step introduction to a workout with our favorite name: Romanian Dead Lifts. This exercise strengthens hamstrings, helping to reduce the chance for knee and ACL injuries.

Run for Your Lives—Or Your Ski Legs

We don't know if a zombie apocalypse is coming, but we're sure ski season is.

A handful of recent reports about zombie-like attacks have many wondering: Is the zombie apocalypse near? The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released this statement: ”The CDC does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead (or one that would present zombie-like symptoms).” If you want to believe that, go ahead, but don’t say we never warned you.

Gore-Tex TransRockies Run

Stage 6 of the TransRockies Run
Teams making their way through stage 6 of the Gore-Tex TransRockies Run.
This version of couple’s therapy isn’t for the faint of heart—or feet.

No one ever said love is easy. It’s all about teamwork, communication and compromise. So perhaps the best way to build a lasting relationship is to push it to the brink. Funny...that's also a great way to get in shape for ski season. Enter the Gore-Tex TransRockies race, a six-day, 120-mile team trail run that starts in Buena Vista, Colo., and ends in Beaver Creek. Inspired by the TransAlpine race—an eight-day event that takes pairs of runners from Germany to Italy—TransRockies isn’t for the faint of heart or weak of feet. 

 

Cross-Training: Cycling Road Rules

Cross-Training: Cycling Road Rules

Competitors of all ages and abilities will be able to race on the original Time Trial course ridden by legendary riders such as Greg LeMond and Bernard Hinault back in the late 1980's. The race is open to both recreational and licensed road cyclists, with winners crowned in age group racing categories. A cash purse will be awarded to this year's top rider and all participants will receive an athlete bag with wicked cool Teva Mountain Games swag. For more info, click here.

Guidelines for skinny tire travel and training before the lifts crank up.

Many skiers trade their boards for a pair of wheels during the long snowless months of summer.  One part transportation and one part sport, biking is a fun way to keep those legs in shape during the off-season. “The Skier’s Responsibility Code” is posted at the bottom of every chair and on the back of every lift ticket, but you won’t find a similar code on the trails and roads this summer, so we spoke to The League of American Bicyclists and Bicycling Magazine to come up with a few helpful guidelines to keep you and your riding partners safe this summer.

Are You A Tough Mudder?

Are You A Tough Mudder?
One at a Time
It takes a lot to win this race. A full deck of cards isn't one of them.

Forget marathons, eating contests and Ahmedinejad. Crazy has a new name, and it's Tough Mudder.

Josh Dueck's Incredible Sit-Ski Backflip

Josh Dueck
Josh Dueck
Paraplegic skier Josh Dueck amazes and inspires by landing the first-ever sit-ski backflip.

Freeskier Josh Dueck was only 23 years old when he overshot a front flip off a jump at Silver Star, B.C., his home mountain, in 2004. He came to in the hospital to find that he was paralyzed from the waist down, never to ski—traditionally, at least—again. But that wouldn't stop him. Not even close. Nine months later Dueck was back on the slopes in a sit-ski, which he called his freedom chair.

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