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FITNESS FLASH - Jump Start Your Way into Ski Season!

The days are getting shorter, the temperature is dropping and the mountain tops are beginning to shine white.  It could only mean one thing—ski season is almost upon us!  Now is the time to amp up your ski conditioning program to maximize those early days out on the slopes.

Everyone loves to hit the trails hard the first day out, anxious after months and months of waiting. But, no one enjoys that friendly burn that creeps up your thighs once you’ve taken your third run of the day.  Prevent early burn-out and extend your day of skiing by getting in shape before the season. 

Skiing is a dynamic sport, so we all need to “practice like we play” and utilize functional movements in our routines.  Skiing and riding tap into our glycogen stores for quick bursts that tire us quickly but reenergize just as fast.  For that reason we need to train with a high intensity and explosiveness that the sport requires.

Circuit training is a great way to prepare for the mountain.  By focusing on short bursts of high-energy workouts, our body begins to fine tune those anaerobic pathways. A simple program that can be completed in twenty minutes two-three times per week alternates one minute of cardio activity, such as jumping jacks, mountain climbers or jogging/sprinting, with one minute of strength, like squats, lunges or pushups will jumpstart your conditioning. 

Over the course of four to six weeks those strength and cardio exercises can be progressed to plyometric and agility activities that help us get out of a jam downhill.  Box jumps, lateral and forward hops, split squat jump, cone and line drills improve our coordination and help the body improve reaction time that will help us recover if we lose control on the hill.  Also, focusing on single leg balances will help improve dynamic stability and core control necessary to carve those tight turns.

Whether you ride 100 days a year or take one annual adventure, preparing for the season before you arrive is sure to make all your days on the mountain more enjoyable.  Visit the fitness center in the Stowe Mountain Lodge and speak with one of our personal trainers to help create a program specific to your skiing and riding style.

- writtebn by Maria DelliVeneri, ATC

Maria 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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