First, let's get the big question out of the way. Do you even need to get fit before a ski holiday? Hmm. If you plan to make the most of your ski pass and hit the slopes for 4 - 6 hrs a day, you’ll need a good base level of skiing fitness and about 12 weeks of training before your trip. But if you’re aiming for just a couple of hours on the slopes, followed by long, lazy lunches, spa treatments and plenty of apres ski fun, you won’t need such a long build-up. Anything you can squeeze in before you go will help. There are two main things you need to do...
Get set for epic days out on the mountain by building your skiing endurance.
One of the best ways to build this stamina is with cardio. Take inspiration from pro skiers and replicate the fitness needed for skiing or snowboarding with some time on the bike. Two-wheeled exercise will get your heart rate racing, preparing you for steep verticals and long marathon days on the slopes.
Ice skating or rollerblading are also great ways to train for endurance. Yes, we're serious. They mimic the balance, coordination and lateral movement of skiing. Plus, they’re good fun too.
Targeting key muscle groups is the best way to strengthen your body for skiing.
Your legs will work flat out when you’re out on the slopes. So get your quads, glutes and calves carve-ready with repeated knee bends, downhill squats and lunges.
Include sit-ups and planks to strengthen your core too. Not only will you find it easier to keep your balance, maintain a strong stance and turn at speed, but you’ll also help prevent injury.
Simple right? Go on tiger, you can do it.