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Inspired to ski?

Inspired to ski?

Has the Winter Olympics got you thinking about the slopes? Fancy charging down a beautiful mountain in bright sunshine? Never skied before and no idea where to start? Read on, let us stir that inspiration for you.

Skiing is too expensive. Isn’t it?

Skiing holidays don’t need to be expensive.

You can pick up some great deals to Austria, France and Italy if you’re flexible with your dates. Some under £200 including flights.

Where do I go?

If you’re new to skiing, the Whistler Blackcomb resort just north of Vancouver is a great place to start.

If it’s blue sky and sunshine you’re after, try Squaw Valley in Lake Tahoe.

For families, try Les Arcs in the French Alps.

If you’re more interested in the after ski parties, head to St Anton in Austria.

Do I need to be super fit?

Not super fit. But you do need to do some exercises to prepare your body.

Skiing and boarding may look easy but they take strong muscles and balance. It’s a good workout!

What do I need to work on before hitting the slope?

  • Stamina –get down to the gym and work on that cardiovascular fitness
  • Knees –a knee injury is one of the most common skiing injuries. You need to build up your leg muscles to protect your knee joints. Get on the exercise bike, do some leg presses and squats.
  • Core strength – skiing and boarding needs good body positioning, with strong core muscles (back and stomach) to support the pelvis.

Check this video for some more ski workout ideas for men, or this one for the ladies.

Better still, ask the instructor at your local gym. They will be able to give you some great ski fit exercises.

Ok I’m ready for the slopes. Anything to remember on holiday?

Don’t forget to warm up just before you get onto the piste.  At the top of the lift do some squats and march on the spot. Yes, you’ll feel stupid. Not as stupid as you’ll feel if you have to get airlifted home though.

Some wise advice: don’t stop in the middle of the piste. Don’t ski after a boozing session. It wouldn’t hurt to wear a helmet.

Finally, have a blast. Skiing is one of the best things about winter.

What are you waiting for? Get booked, get down the gym and get on the piste!