Drills such as squats and deadlifts will build strength in the legs and improve athlete’s ability to stay on their equipment longer without a break. Agility drills are another a great way to prepare for the season. Agility drills are not often associated with skiing and snowboarding but offer skiers and snowboarders the technical ability to think and act quickly on their feet. These skills not only improve the technical skiing and snowboarding ability of a skier, but they are also essential in avoiding many injuries. Tires, jump roping and other plyometric exercises are great examples of the kind of exercise that helps prepare skiers for their season on the mountain.
Incorporating a few sessions of cardio each week is also a good idea to build endurance and to allow skiers and snowboarders the stamina to enjoy long days on the slopes without tiring out. Thirty minutes on a stationary bike, a few miles jog on a track or trail through the woods are great ways to boost lung capacity. In colder weather, group aerobic classes are a great way to warm up, get the blood pumping and to prepare completely for the Winter Season.
Yoga strengthens the core muscles helping to avoid falls on the mountain and improve balance. Often overlooked in fitness, a strong core and good balance are essential aspects of fitness. Additionally, yoga stretches the muscles, aiding with recovery post time on the mountain.
As with all good exercise regimes, balance between strength training, cardio and agility exercises is key to total health. A well-balanced exercise plan does more than just keep skiers and snowboarders strong and safe, but it develops a much faster athlete as well. For athletes looking to not only enjoy the winter sports season, but to reach new personal bests, or to try harder mountains and trails, carefully planned muscle development, strength and endurance will ensure these skiing and snowboarding goals will be met.
Don’t forget! In addition to taking the time to tune up your body in the weeks leading up to Opening Day, make sure to have all equipment tuned up, waxed and repaired. Broken gear or gear that is not functioning correctly can cause injury and discomfort as well.
Have your best winter season yet! Prepare with Aspen Club and Spa this fall with Hi2T the Slopes! Come on by to meet the staff and trainers at the Aspen Club and Spa and get started today!