Here’s a brief how-to guide that focuses on each of Aspen’s mountains and how to train for the ski season in Aspen, Colorado. We have broken this into a two-part series: the first piece highlighted Aspen Mountain and Aspen Highlands.
This one give training tips and workout advice for those heading to Snowmass and Buttermilk!
So, training for Snowmass should focus on a few endurance, core, and muscle groups working together. Here are two movements and exercises to add to your routine if you'll be at Snowmass this winter:
- Russian Triangle
With a plate or medicine ball, this rotational core workout will get your back, abs, and obliques working together, like what will be required as you bump through long mogul runs and link turns on endless groomers at Snowmass.
- Touch Jump Touches
Touch the ground, jump high, touch the ground again, shuffle, and repeat. The key to these is not to cram as many reps as possible into fail, but to jump as high as you can with good form. These are part of the leg lactate complex and will get your entire system ready for Snowmass's terrain.
So, if you're headed to Buttermilk to spin park laps, hit jumps, and slide rails, you obviously are training specific muscles and joints for handling impact and torque. And, if you're Buttermilk bound to learn how to ski or ride, you want to focus your training efforts on stabilizing muscles to prevent injury and make learning how to ski as easy as possible.
Try these two workouts—one for park skiers and riders and one for "never-evers" and beginners—if you will be logging time at Buttermilk this winter:
- Loaded Jump Lunges [For park rats]
This loaded, plyometric exercise will train eccentric strength, a requisite strength for high-impact activities and sports like snowboarding or skiing in the park. Eccentric strength absorbs force. Remember to gently touch your knee to the ground on every rep of the Loaded Jump Lunge. And, like always, good form is vital!
- Tuck Holds [For beginners]
This isn't a resting exercise, but instead an important foundational movement for skiing and snowboarding. With your feet shoulder-width apart, bend your knees and keep your back flat. Do not put your elbows on your knees! In the beginning of your training, do tuck holds for 20-second intervals. Add time as your endurance increases.
The “Hi2T The Slopes” class at The Aspen Club gets locals ready for an entire winter of riding. Amy Knight, the mastermind behind Aspen Club’s famous ski conditioning class, builds the entire Hi2T The Slopes regimen around 3 principles:
For more information about Hi2T The Slopes, call The Aspen Club at (970) 925-8900.