5 tips to tackle your day on the slopes.
Updated: Dec 5, 2018
New to skiing or need a refresher from last season? I’ve got you covered with my top five tips to crush your day on the slopes.
1. Wear layers!
I know, it can get very cold out there! Although you will be feeling chilly at the beginning of the morning, your body will heat up in no time when your muscles start working while you’re cruising down the mountain. Being able to add or shed layers throughout the day helps to ensure you stay the optimal temperature.
Because it’s cold out, you may not feel your body losing water through sweat or feel thirsty. However, you are working hard out there so stay hydrated like you would in a SHRED class. Drink extra water or electrolytes in the morning, at lunch, and at the end of the day, and don’t shy away from taking a quick water (or hot cocoa!) break as needed.
3. Nourish your body!
While skiing is extremely fun and may not feel like a workout, your muscles are still working hard and need to be fueled properly. I always eat an extra big breakfast before heading out, making sure to encompass carbs, protein, and fruit. My go-to breakfast is oatmeal with a banana and almond butter. Make sure to also eat a full lunch. I love indulging in the warm, comfort food they have on the mountains – especially the fresh baked chocolate chip cookies. You worked hard, reward yourself with that treat!
4. Speak up if your gear feels uncomfortable!
I will be the first one to say that ski boots can be extremely uncomfortable! But, they don’t have to be! If your feet are hurting in your boots, speak up and take them to the shop. They could be the wrong size, style, or brand, and there is no reason to suffer unnecessarily. If you own your boots, you may want to consider taking them to a ski/boot shop to see if they can perform work on the boot to get a perfect fit. Custom liners, custom foot beds, and hollowing out the shell are all examples of ways to modify a boot to get a better fit. The same applies to anything else on your body or feet that doesn’t feel quite right.
Although you will have worked your “ski-leg” muscles in all your SHRED classes and feel less tired skiing, it is still extremely important to stretch at the end of the day. Not only does this help with any soreness, it also can help with injury prevention through greater flexibility.