In the heat of summer, snow may be the last thing on your mind, but the warmer months are the perfect time to lay the foundations for a strong season.

Snowsports holidays are no walk in the parkand whilst there are some things you can’t prepare for, notably the cheese and wine consumption, there are many ways you can get snow shape well ahead of the first snowfall of the season.

With most of us opting to hit the slopes for a full week, a winter holiday can be a physically demanding vacation. Putting the time in before your holiday will help you ride for longer and recover faster and ultimately allow you to spend more time on the hill. Even the most leisurely of skiers will benefit from preparing their body for a winter holiday ahead of the season. The more energy you have at the end of each day, the easier you will find it to pull off those tabletop dance moves at après!

Cross Training to build base fitness

Cross training helps to build a good level of base fitness by partaking in alternative sports. A base level of fitness is the essential foundation for performance progression and injury prevention in any sport, particularly snowsports. 

From the Ski Club industry research, we know that UK skiers and snowboarders are an active bunch, with many respondents taking up non-ski activities both at home and in the mountains. Popular sports that snow enthusiasts take up in the off-season include cycling, gym, climbing and yoga, even parkour. Whilst any of these activities will contribute towards general fitness levels, some will lend themselves better to ski specific training. 

Discover the different ways you can stay active at home and away in the latest copy of Elevation, the Ski Club's summer magazine:

 

Snowsports tailored exercises

Activities which engage your core and train muscle sets specific to snowsports will enhance performance when you reach the slopes and reduce fatigue over the week. According to Graham Bell, Ski Sunday host and former GB skier, cycling is the preferred method for World Cup skiers to up their aerobic respiration levels to reduce fatigue when they are on snow. Activities like swimming and climbing are beneficial to building core stability, however they do place emphasis on upper body strength, which is not a priority for skiers and snowboarders.

We spoke to a qualified physio about the best ways to condition your body ahead of the season.

Almost 20% of people who do not intend to go skiing again site personal safety or injury as the reason they will not be returning to the slopes. Jonathan Bell, the Ski Club’s injuries and surgery expert explains that fatigue is directly related to injury, highlighting the importance of pre-season training to improve safety on the slopes.

“If you have a good baseline fitness, you are much less likely to fatigue. I think that fatigue is a common cause of injury in the once a year skier, as evidenced by the fact that the majority of ski injuries occur after 3 p.m.”

The Ski Club’s Honorary President, Chemmy Alcott worked with us to create a ski-specific workout you can follow at home. 

Chemmy's Ski Fitness Workout

 

Read more fitness tips from Jonathan and Graham in the Info & Advice section of our website. 

Get out onto the slopes before your trip

As the old saying goes, “practice makes perfect”, preparation is one of the best ways you can ensure that those snow legs never escape you over the summer. The UK is home to some fantastic facilities that stay open through the summer months and offer enthusiasts of all abilities the chance to hone their skills either on a dry slope or on real snow in one of the many indoor centres.

Discover more about skiing in the UK and find your nearest slope here. 

It’s never too early to start

Experts recommend that skiers start to train for their winter holiday between six and twelve weeks prior to departure, meaning that if you are heading to the mountains for Christmas then you should be beginning your regime around September.

But why wait until then? The warm weather won’t last forever, so fall into those good habits while it’s easy to do so. Starting your training early will enable you to ramp your schedule up ahead of your trip, factoring in circuit and interval training to boost anaerobic respiration. You might even have time to incorporate a few dance sessions to nail that table-top dance move you spotted at après last season!