Skiing not only requires a good general level of fitness, but it also asks a lot of muscles that you may not use every day. When prepping for your time on the mountains, you should focus on building endurance, strength and flexibility.
Improving your endurance is all about enhancing your cardiovascular fitness, and the best way to do that is to try and get at three aerobic sessions of 20 minutes to 1 hour per week. Aerobic exercise is anything that gets your heart rate going. Cycling is a good substitute for skiing as it gets your heart pumping but also requires a lot of work from your legs, running is great for building up endurance but can take its toll on your knees, especially if you already have any injuries and while swimming is a great aerobic exercise it tends to focus more on your upper body. However, the most important thing is to choose an exercise you enjoy because this will help you stick to your routine.
Strength is important as you’ll quickly feel the strain in your legs and core if you don’t put the work in beforehand. Keeping your muscles toned and in shape will help reduce fatigue. Squats, lunges and jumps are all exercises that will help boost your strength so you can tear up the powder.
Skiing also requires flexibility, particularly in the hips and lower body, so you should incorporate stretches into your fitness routine. Hip flexors tend to be tight, especially if you spend most of your day sitting down, so try and focus on stretches that loosen up your hips and pelvis, and you’ll reap the benefits on the slopes.
To help you put this into practice, we've got some top training tips from some leading GB Snowsports athletes.