We all know that Whistler Blackcomb is probably the best ski resort in the world: the season here is next-level. Whether ripping it on groomers or sending it in the couloir, we place big demands on our bodies during the winter. There are a number of ways that you can prepare for an epic ski season. Here’s our five tips on getting ski-ready this season…
Stretches are key to staying limber prior to, and during, the ski season. We find that yoga really comes into play in the winter. There are a number of great yoga classes in Whistler – our recommendations would be Loka Yoga and Powerfulosophy. Both of which offer guided practice with an emphasis on flexibility & stretching as well as breath and balance. All of which are great for recovery after a day on the mountain.
Do You Even Lift?
Fitness is key to enjoying a fun and safe ski season. To really up the ante, we like to train with Basecamp Fitness in Creekside. Their studio is packed with everything you need for strength and conditioning. They even offer one-on-one personal training to target muscles you didn’t even know existed. Check out Ski Canada Magazine’s guide to shaping up for the season.
All Of The Carbs.
Diet is also super important to maintaining peak ski performance. Ultimate Ski explains: ‘The average skier burns 300-600 calories per hour…intermediate to advanced skiers tackling difficult terrain at a fast pace, can burn up to 1,000 calories per hour.’ Our advice? Firstly: have a hearty breakfast. Secondly: stop for lunch. Most important of all: stay hydrated!
While the temptation is to hit après hard after a day of riding, don’t underestimate the importance of sleep. ‘During the physically restorative phases of non-REM deep sleep, muscles and tissues are rejuvenated and new cells are regenerated.’ Explains Healthfully.com. We always aim to get 7-9 hours of sleep per night to stay on top of our game.
Ski Gear 101 .
For the most enjoyable time on the mountain, you’ll want to have the right equipment. This not only includes having the right skis, but also the right clothing to keep you dry and warm. We would advise doing your research well in advance – ask your skier friends for their recommendations or do some product research. We say a good place to start is the 2018 Buyers Guide by Powder.