How To Not Get Tired Skiing

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Skiing is fun but can be tiring. Not only is getting your equipment to the ski resort work but getting the equipment on and wearing heavy boots can be more than people expect. You may even find yourself helping someone else up, off the snow or other movements. It all adds up. About the only movement that’s easy is at the end of the day when lifting your favorite drink to your mouth when you’re relaxing.

This article will provide tips on how to not get so tired when skiing or snowboarding. If you’re not as tired, you can be out on the snow more and have more fun with your friends or family.

Preparing for Your Ski Day

It certainly helps to be physically fit. If you’re not working out regularly every week, even doing a 15 minute, at-home workout can help. You don’t even need weights, you can use your body weight. Things like pushups and squats are easy to do. I also suggest some yoga since it’ll help you a lot with balance. Balance is really important with skiing – if you ski in balance, skiing is effortless… if you ski out of balance, you’re always fighting to be in balance and that’s a lot of work. Sure, balance also depends on your stance but to have good stance, you need strong muscles since you’re maintaining tension when you ski efficiently.

You’ll also greatly benefit when you’re properly hydrated. This is especially important if you’re skiing at a higher altitude. Being hydrated will help you with altitude sickness, too. Drink plenty of water a day before your ski trip and then that morning also. As you get going, your body will use it up, so continue to stay hydrated as you get out on the snow.

Make sure you dress comfortably. A thin, high tech base layer that wicks away moisture will help you feel comfortable without being too weighed down. Dress in layers.

Getting to the Snow

ski-lift-mountainSki boots and skis are heavy. The less you have to carry your equipment, the better. Either choose to rent equipment or else drive your gear up to the entrance, drop it off and then go park your car. Save you energy for being on the snow, not hauling your stuff. If you can take a gondola from the parking lot or a bus or something, definitely take advantage of that option. Most large ski hills or mountains provide these services so that you enjoy your day more.

Fighting Gravity

You wouldn’t think that taking a ski lift up a hill or mountain and then coming down a ski run would take a lot of energy but it does. Sure, some runs are steeper but even on shallower runs, you’re expending energy. When you’re just standing on a ski run that has a slope, you’re expending energy as you fight gravity to stand upright. On steeper runs, you’re fighting gravity, too. But what if you weren’t fighting gravity so much?

What you want to be aware of when skiing are something called “blocking” movements. Blocking is anything where you’re essentially trying to stop instead of working with the slope. Breaking would be a blocking movement. It’s when you’re pushing against the slope to try to control your speed. There are other, better ways to control your speed while skiing that work with the slope instead of against it and you’ll expend less energy.

For example, make wide turns and make sure you ski enough across the slope instead of down – that will slow you down and not take as much energy as if you were snowplowing all the way down.

What has helped me was adding a pole plant into my turn. With it, you get rhythm and you set yourself up nicely for the next turn. I love them when I do big mountain skiing. It’s also part of the pole swing and here’s a good video about that:

Just look at her ski. Doesn’t it look effortless? Yes, you can ski this way and learning how to ski well is a lot of fun – which leads me to…

Take a Ski Lesson

Ok, full disclosure… I’m a ski instructor. I love it. I love teaching people and helping them learn a lifetime sport. It’s also great being outdoors in the winter and I really like meeting other people who love the sport.

As a ski instructor, it’s kind of tough watching people struggle when they could instead take a lesson. We know so many tricks and have effective ways to explain things that would take the average person years to figure out on their own. Why not just learn what we know in an hour or an hour and a half instead?

I meet people and often end up talking about skiing and sometimes I hear stories about how they went once and almost hit a tree and then quit. I then asked if they have ever taken a lesson and they most always say they did not.

Even learning the best way to walk up a hill or get up when you fall can help anyone immensely. We know all the stuff. We want you to have fun out there and enjoy it as much as possible.

How Many Ski Lessons Should I Take?

Don’t just think that one lesson will do it for you. During the season, I’m taking at least one lesson a week – and I’m an instructor! With your first lesson, we’re throwing a lot of info at you and you might catch a lot but you won’t catch it all. Take another lesson and we can keep going from where we left off. We’ll review where you’re at, give you tips and take you further – if you’re willing to work with us.

More Resources

There are some great resources and books online that you can order since the time to start preparing is during the summer and fall – get into an exercise routine. What you really need to do, though, is exercise the right muscles or else you’re wasting your time. There’s a book called “The Truth About Skiing and Snowboarding” which really outlines what to do. It’s worth checking into.

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Conclusion

Remember to prepare for your ski day. Plan it out, get fit and be drinking plenty of water. When you get there, be smart and drop off your equipment or rent. As you ski, stay hydrated and remember to work with the slope, not against it. And then know that taking a ski lesson is like a cheat sheet and will be the best thing you can do to not get tired while skiing (even if you just go 1-2 times a year).

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