23 Sep 11

Get Fit For The Season

23 Sep 11

With new superfast lift systems replacing meandering chairs and gondolas, and ski design evolving all the time, it’s now possible to cover huge areas of terrain in half a day. Gone are the days of half hour lift breaks between each run, leaving many skiers wondering why they’re feeling the burn at 2-3pm when they used to ski until the lifts closed.

It’s no bad thing to finish early and relish the additional après time, or sample the growing variety of non-ski activities on offer in resorts, but those who do want to keep up with the new lifts and skis might want to consider some pre-ski fitness training.

In association with the Ski Club of Great Britain, the Warren Smith Ski Fitness team are launching a brand new Ski Fitness campaign. The UK skiing public can attend the first ever official Ski Fitness session in Hyde Park on Saturday 12 November. Whether they need to step it up from a fitness or technique perspective, the fitness day will help skiers to tune up for the winter season and even develop areas of their skiing technique… without setting foot on snow!

The programme gives skiers an insight into overall ski fitness covering four main areas:

  • Essential pre-ski warm up
  • Ski physiology + biomechanics range tests
  • Ski specific dry land training
  • After ski cool down + stretch

The four training areas help develop a range of movements essential for skiing which will increase performance and massively reduce the risk of injury, either on the slopes or during après-ski! They also introduce a dry land training system that covers many aspects of fitness, muscle development and technique which can be practised in the back yard.

Skiers will leave on the day with a better understanding of their ski specific fitness and with a good idea of what to work on before they go skiing.

The Ski Club of Great Britain Fitness Day will take place 11am-1pm in Hyde Park, Saturday 12 November. The meeting point is by the park gates near Hyde Park Corner tube station at 11am. Tickets cost £15 for members and £20 for non-members and are available from skiclub.co.uk/tickets or by calling 0208 410 2000.

Non-members who wish to attend the Fitness Day can save £10 off Ski Club membership before booking and then save a subsequent £5 off their booking by quoting KEEPFIT11 at skiclub.co.uk/join.