When the end of the ski season arrives, we are usually left wanting more. This is one of the things that keeps skiing so special. With a significant pause in the sport we love, it is not just ‘on-tap’ like so many things today. The summer is an opportunity to keep ourselves in shape and prepared for next winter. So that we can enjoy every moment of the winter to its fullest. So lets discuss how to prepare for skiing and the winter ahead while we have time off.
Honing your muscles and movements is an obvious one, as well as taking care of your equipment. So we have some advice on how you can best prepare those aspects for your next winter ski season.
Get Your Summer Workout Sorted
It’s no secret that skiing as a sport requires strength and power output from your body and movements. One of the most important things you can do over the summer to prepare yourself for next season, is to maintain a good workout routine. We have solid in depth workout routines for skiers here.
Stronger muscles, improved cardiovascular fitness, and increased flexibility will do wonders for your technique on the slopes. And this is not just a cliche statement, the drastic difference it makes is huge. And can be seen in the video proof of teaching an individual that had never skied before. Watching them progress smoothly from zero, to parallel turning in just 2hrs. Yes, 2hrs! Because that person was functionally fit and strong and kept their routine. It enabled them to progress easily with our tuition. So gaining some additional physical benefits will do wonders for your ability on the mountain.
This point goes hand in hand with the first. It goes without saying that the more good stuff you put in, the more you’ll get out.
Its quite simple really, eating a balanced diet using whole un-processed foods. You will see and feel a difference. Eating whole foods does not mean that you need to go on a trendy diet consisting of only Quinoa, or whatever the latest buzz may be. Again keeping it simple, and apologies for the crude reference. If you can grow it, or kill it, and the food you are eating is its original form, its good. One can of course go into far greater depth on this, but starting there will give huge benefits on its own. Nutrition does not need to be a complicated, technical process. If you start introducing more un-processed foods into your diet throughout the summer. You’ll be a lean skiing machine by the time the winter season rolls around.
Another simple one. Although tempting on a summery evening, try to limit your alcohol consumption, avoiding sugary drinks and replacing them with sparkling water.
Rest and Restore
Equally as important as working out, the summer months are a great opportunity to rest and restore your body.
We all need a little R&R now and again, and the summer is the perfect excuse to do something different. A short break from skiing will leave you refreshed and raring to go when you get back on the mountain.
Give Your Ski Equipment Some TLC
Now your training and nutrition has a plan, it’s time to turn your attention to your ski equipment.
Properly looked after skis can help reduce the risk of injury and improve your technique.
To maintain your skis at home, we guide you through everything you need. Take a look at our guide, how to wax your skis at home.
Alternatively, you can leave it to the experts and place your skis in storage over the summer where they can undergo maintenance by expert ski technicians.
Plan Your Next Ski Season
Finally, summer is a great opportunity to start planning your next ski trip.
With a little extra time on your hands, you can research different ski resorts, accommodation, lessons and off-piste activities in the area.
Here’s some of our top ski resort picks;
- Chamonix – best for challenging pistes and snowboarding opportunities
- Megeve – best for cruising and occaisional challenges.
- St Gervais – best for all round pick mid mountian of terrain
- Les Contamines – best for relaxed vibes and clear slopes
Once you’ve picked your perfect ski resort, it’s time to get booking.
Alps2Alps provide professional, reliable ski transfers to all major ski destinations in the Alps. For cut-price ski transfers that never compromise on quality, a ski transfer with Alps2Alps is the hassle-free option for regular skiers.
Then get your skiing and snowboarding organised with us, from one to one tuition, guided off piste skiing, group tuition, and courses. Get in touch or book online directly.