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.
High-altitude, cocktails, pizza, and physical exertion wont make you feel very well. Here's how to stay healthy and happy on your next ski trip.
Sometimes, the anticipation surrounding a ski trip creates a type of pressure that detonates the first night of vacation. Here’s what happens: arrival in a ski town, off the plane and direct to the slope side hotel. This is immediately followed by an indecent amount of cocktailing and pizza eating with old pals in effort to blow off steam accumulated by wrapping up work projects needed to get away. The next morning – well, ouch. But you drag yourself out of bed, get an extra shot in your coffee, hit the slopes with half-drunk vigor, and chase it all with a couple beers.
Try these five ski-specific exercises that target multiple muscle groups. You'll get a full-body workout, plus you'll have the strength, endurance, balance and coordination you need to make every run count this season.
iPhone app charges you for every workout you skip and pays you for every one you don't.
Think you'll get to the gym every day this week? Willing to put your money where your mouth—and butt—is? A team of Harvard behavioral economists created an iPhone app that lets you do just that. Every week, you can use the GymPact app to log your workout commitment: how many days you'll visit the gym (or yoga studio or tennis court or swimming pool) and how much you'll pay if you flake out. The theory: The only thing harder to resist than a "Mad Men" marathon or happy hour at T.G.I. Fridays is cold hard cash.