With a little preparation and key knowledge, you can hit the slopes with a little less worry and (hopefully!) avoid a season-ending knee injury!
In the weeks gearing up to ski season, a conditioning routine can help prepare your body for the demanding paces you will no doubt put it through in the mountains. An effective conditioning routine should focus on 3 key things: strength, flexibility and balance.
It is often overlooked that skiing is no different than any other workout, therefore a proper warm-up is recommended, but quite often forgotten or simply overlooked. Try including 15-20 minutes of stretching and aerobic activity to prepare for a full day of skiing.
If you don’t have room to stretch at your accommodation, look around you and take advantage of the great outdoors! Make the most of the journey to the chairlift to get your body moving and warm your muscles up.
Having correctly-fitting equipment can be the difference between a fun day on the slopes or one that is overrun by discomfort, or worst case, ends in injury! Before you set out, make sure that your ski equipment has been sold by a reputable seller, that you have been fitted properly, and they know what skill level you are. It may not be a rule at every ski resort, but it is so important to understand that wearing a helmet can prevent serious and life-threatening injuries, no matter what your ability or experience level.
Correct skiing technique includes:
❄️ Keeping your hips in line with your waist
❄️ Keeping your arms forward
❄️ Maintaining balance and control
❄️ You form will likely vary throughout the day, so make sure you address and correct it when you notice bad habits creeping in!