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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.