• General - Ski Sense

    Fantastic. It’s that wonderful time of the year again! The snow has been falling in your chosen resort and your raring to go. Got the jacket, got the hat, got the gloves.

  • Perhaps with the other stuff your thinking, maybe I’ll buy my own skis this year, new poles? Or perhaps this is the first time you’ve ever been and you’ve borrowed the lot.

    What ever it is, just remember, you may be looking good on the outside but, to really maximise the fun, you’ve got to look good on the inside and by this we mean:

    GET FIT. It’s hard, hard work on the slopes. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise and the fitter you are the more you’ll LOVE IT!! And the longer you can stay on the slopes and keep injury free!
    Get to the gym and start getting those legs good & strong. It’s never too early but try to be doing it at least six weeks before snow day. Stamina’s the key and Endurance. Get jogging, cycling, cross-training, rowing, swimming. Football & racquet sports are good. Think about what you’re going to be doing on the slopes! Anything thats got twisting, turning, jumping, running will fit the bill.
    Join a pre-skiing exercise class. They’re going to be firming up your thighs and tummies; improving your agility & flexibility. Don’t do any ski-sits-- not good on the KNEES!
    Get some lessons. Make a visit to the dry ski slope . Have a look at the web site www.natives.co.uk for your nearest centre. HOWEVER, avoid them for a few weeks before you go. You want to be injury free before you leave!
    There is such a thing as Apres Ski. Well this is goooood fun and great to look forward to at the end of a long day skiing but remember:

    Alcohol & ski-ing don’t mix. Just like driving it can make you reckless. So moderation please
    Eat foods low in fats & high in carbohydrates like pasta, bread, muesli, potatoes, rice
    Keep up your energy stores during the day. Take muesli bars or if you have to, chocolate bars are good for high altitudes. Take a high energy drink in a hip-flask. Always useful!

    Equipment & Clothing

    Wear-in new stuff before you go especially boots. Wear them around the house for a month before you go. If your getting them there , there’ll be trained staff to help you when you go to pick up you ski gear.
    Buy the best kit you can afford. The better the clothing the better it will look after you. Jacket, salopettes, hat, gloves.
    Go to the slopes many-layered. You can always take some off. If you haven’t got them, you can’t add them. How about a nice pair of long-johns.. We kid you not.. they can really help!
    Eye protection is vital. Goggles are usually too much if the suns up so get the good cool looking shades-Essential. But if it’s not, goggles are a godsend and a face mask can make your day if it’s really cold.
    Don’t forget the PRODUCTS. Face cream, lip salve, sun lotion. You DO NOT want to burned on day one
    Warm up before you set of for the next run. Just jump around a bit
    AVOID "Just one more run" This is when you injury yourself especially at the end of the day