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FITNESS FLASH - Drink-Up for Better/Longer Ski Days in Stowe

It’s cold out and you’re determined to get a good day on the mountain in - there’s fresh powder after all!  Despite those brisk temperatures that come to Vermont every year, we tend to forget we still need to hydrate all year long. 

Even if you don’t feel overheated or perspire as much in the winter, our bodies are still working hard using those fluids as fuel to get us down Hayride! It’s important to keep drinking water and other fluids throughout the day when on the hill.  

A study conducted by Seifert and Kipp found that skiers who did not drink any fluids after 12 runs had greater muscle damage and reported higher levels of fatigue compared to those who drank a mix of water and carbohydrates (similar to a sports drink) and had minimal muscle damage and were ready to  get back out there.  

It’s easy to skip drinking while you’re on the mountain—who wants to stop when the snow is really good?  But, there are many benefits to hydrating while you’re on the slopes, and technology is making it even easier. Many riders are now carrying a CamelBak so you can swig as you go. How’s that for convenience?  

Staying hydrated while on the mountain not only allows you to ski better today, it also helps you recover for tomorrow. Studies show that proper hydration decreases muscle damage by 83% and delays fatigue by 29%, ensuring you make it all the way to last chair.  

While everyone loves a little après ski once the chairs stop spinning, this is the perfect time to catch up on the fluids lost during the day. Sure, it’s tempting to take in the views and imbibe, but be sure for every cold one you put down, you follow up with the other clear liquid—H20! 

“Start early and start often” is a good motto, especially when it comes to hydrating as you hit the slopes. Consuming water has been proven to improve your athletic performance and improve circulation. So, remember to drink up for a long day of fun in the cold! 

Information gathered from: “Skiing: Preventing the Afternoon Bonk”

Maria DelliVeneri is a personal trainer and group fitness instructor at Stowe Mountain Lodge.  To take advantage of Maria's expertise, check out the fitness schedule and join her for weekly classes.

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