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by Cameron Walker

Winter leaves even the best skiers worked. A bad air off a roller fractured skiercross champion Reggie Crist's pelvis in 2001. Exum guide Mark Newcomb once cracked a sinus with his knee. Pro snowboarder Megan Pischke dropped a cliff and sprained her back. And every May, extreme skier turned telemark guru Mike Hattrup is so beat up he just wants to hang up his skis.

To recuperate, Crist does what any self-respecting adrenaline junkie would do: He jumps in a kayak and hammers Class V whitewater. Hattrup trades his tele boards for a road bike. Pischke goes surfing. And Newcomb runs through the Tetons all summer.

According to Laura Keller, a physical therapist at the Stone Clinic in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />San Francisco, switching up sports not only lets ski-weary muscles rest, but can give you an edge come winter. "Strengthening muscles not used directly in skiing will only enhance the muscles that you do use," she says.

To that end, we tapped Keller and our four athletes - Crist, Newcomb, Hattrup, and Pischke - for workouts that can take you from Nepalese rivers to the Tour de France course, all while building strength, fitness, and new skills for winter.  Click on the links below to get all the details:

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