Friday, April 03, 2015

Ski Trip Values: The Pillars of Skill Development

Before you set out on your next ski trip, you may want to consider whether you have the adequate fitness level to handle skiing for multiple days in a row. Realistic factors for determining how physically prepared you are can come in many forms. Here are just a few of the most recommended things to focus on pre-ski trip:

Muscle endurance
From constant bending of knees and curdling your back, up to the rigorous steering of the poles during sharp swerves - all of this requires decent muscle endurance. You don’t need to have a physique resembling Arnold Schwarzenegger in his prime. It’s not about the muscles that show, but more of the muscles and how they actually work for you.

Balance
Another key element that determines your ski ability learning curve is balance. Like most sports, having a good sense of balance is fundamental. Being able to land on your feet on slanted terrain after getting launched from a ramp doesn't come naturally to all people. Balance helps prevent you from getting painful injuries (as well as painful embarrassment).  

Immune system
Skiing is often in frosted, high-altitude terrain. It goes without saying that this type of extreme sport is more of a test to your endurance to the harsh climate than anything else. The mountain top air is thin, which can cause some light-headedness and nausea. You need to be tough in multiple aspects in order to be a good skier. A healthy immune system allows you to have a smoother acclimatization transition, especially during extended ski trips.

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