Getting Ready for Skiing and Snowboarding: The Basics

Despite the fact that there are still leaves on the trees and the weather has not gotten to that bitter cold yet, now is a great time to start planning ahead for the upcoming skiing and snowboarding season. Depending on the weather, we typically will hit the slopes sometime in December if we are lucky, if not, January. That conceivably gives us around two months to start a preseason program.

Why start a preseason program for hitting the slopes you ask?
A preseason program will improve your strength, endurance, and flexibility in an effort to improve your overall performance and decrease your chance of injury. I am sure you have never heard anyone on a lift tell you that they wish their legs were not as strong as they are because they really miss the burn in their thighs half way down the mountain.

A quick Google search will illustrate just how many hundreds of exercises are out there that will help you descend a mountain better, quicker, faster and stronger.

Time to start off training right!
You will focus on eight total exercises that can be separated into two categories to start off your preseason training. These are known as “the basics and the not so basics.” As always, before you start any type of exercise program, make sure you are healthy enough to start it safely. If you have any questions, doubts or any medical conditions, you should check with your MD first before you rock and roll.

Some Pre-Basics: Cardio and stretching. Both are important for the slopes, when it comes to cardio, pick your poison. You can do something as cheap as running, enjoy the fall foliage on your road or mountain bike, or you can spend the money to get a ski trainer. The type of cardio is not as important as the fact you are doing cardio.

Stretching: Stretching is an important component for the slopes. With greater flexibility, you can improve your overall ability and prevent significant injuries. There are various types of stretching techniques; static versus dynamic, to foam roll or not, and various types of yoga. Ultimately, everyone is different and flexibility is just as different between different types of people. Therefore, the key is consistency. Whatever method you feel improves your flexibility the most, utilize it on a consistent basis to get the greatest gains you can.

Check back next week for our next blog post in our new Getting Ready for Skiing and Snowboarding: Exercises and Tips Blog Series!