Ski and snowboard season is going to here soon. Now is a great time to get in shape for your winter adventures and get your gear tuned up for the 2022-2023 season.
STEP #1: PREP YOUR GEAR
The first thing you need to do to get ready for ski season is prep your gear. Whether you’re a skier or a snowboarder, this starts with a good tune-up. Don’t worry if you don’t have the right tools…. Sun and Ski has a great crew that can get your gear ready to shred. They can remove the burrs on the side of the edges, give you a full wax and repair the base wherever it needs it from hitting rocks or whatever. They'll basically give your skis/snowboard a manicure. It’s also helpful to give the rest of your gear a quick look over to make sure that everything is in place and working properly. Check to see that all the important pieces of clothing still fit, and nothing is broken or torn—you don’t want to wait until you’re on the mountain to discover that a button has snapped off your jacket or a ski glove is missing!
STEP #2: PREP YOUR BODY
Starting an exercise program ahead of ski season is the best way to get ready for winter. Combine strength-based exercises with cardio and you’ll be ahead of the game. In addition to having more fun on the hill, being in shape will reduce the likelihood of injuries. Increasing your fitness level could also lessen the impact of the altitude on your body.
There are five key factors to focus on when training for ski season:
Concentrating on core and glute strength is going to get you through multiple full days of skiing/snowboarding. Mobility and stretching are key to preventing injuries while training for ski season and during ski season. Balance training is also beneficial because skiing and snowboarding depends heavily on staying balanced on your skis or board to not have a yard sale. My personal workout routine includes CrossFit style classes 6 days a week, cardio training with incline walking or sled intervals, yoga once a week, and a nightly full body massage gun session before going to bed. You don’t need to do all this to get in shape for the ski season. Any physical activity that you can work in to prepare your muscles and cardiovascular system for ski season is good. Below is a good pre-season workout that can be done at home and requires no equipment.