Powder Day at Winter Park Ski Resort in Colorado

Pre-Winter Fitness

Ski Season Training and Preparation

Time to Get Fit for Winter Fun

Ski Season Training and Prep

The autumn equinox has already come and gone, which means winter is fast approaching in the Rocky Mountains. Soon the snow will start falling, and another spectacular ski and snowboard season will be upon us in Colorado’s Favorite Playground! With two downhill ski resorts nearby, plenty of cross-country terrain and countless can’t-miss winter activities, you should start conditioning for the season now!

You can get ready for ski season by beginning your ski and snowboard conditioning today. Winter Park Resort Competition Center Director Jeff Burrows recommends focusing on two primary elements of conditioning.

First, try to build a strong aerobic base. Stay active! Running, swimming, and biking are great ways to get an aerobic workout (hint hint: there are still plenty of fall bike rides to enjoy up here in Mountain Bike Capital USA™!). Inline skating is actually a great option for ski conditioning as well, since many of the movements of skating are similar to skiing.

Second, Burrows recommends strength exercises, especially for your lower body and your core. Squats, lunges, and plank exercises are all great for building ski strength, especially when you incorporate the use of additional weights such as dumbbells. Balance is also an important part of ski and snowboard conditioning. Incorporating fitness balls or roller planks into exercises can help to build balance. It’s also important to regularly stretch – stretch your legs, stretch your knees, stretch your hips, stretch your back, stretch your body!

The Grand Park Community Recreation Center offers ski and snowboard conditioning classes for skiers and snowboarders alike. This is a challenging 8-week class that starts at the beginning of October, so sign up soon if you’re interested! In addition to getting yourself in peak ski condition, it’s important to get your gear in peak condition too. With several ski and snowboard shops in the area, you can get equipment tunes and repairs, rentals, retail, and everything else you’ll need to be ready for opening day!

Where to Ski and Board

Our area features two great ski resorts. Winter Park Resort offers over 3,000 acres of skiable terrain for all abilities,  and with an average annual snowfall total of over 27 feet, there are always plenty of powder days to be had. Winter Park Resort opens for its 75th season on November 12. Grand County’s other resort, Ski Granby Ranch, features family-friendly skiing in a more intimate small-resort setting. Plus, your day of skiing doesn’t have to end during the day: Granby Ranch offers night skiing on Friday and Saturday nights! Granby Ranch’s ski slopes open December 11.

Oh, and in addition to our area’s downhill ski resorts, we have even more cross-country skiing options as well…and even more wonderful winter activities too!   For more info about ski and snowboard conditioning, or the downhill resorts in Colorado’s Favorite Playground, or anything else about this ski season, contact us at the Chamber!