Ah, the sweet smell of freshly packed snow, the sound of crackling fires and the feel of a ski jacket against your skin: There’s nothing quite like the joy of skiing!
But while the exhilaration of skiing is undeniable, it can also be incredibly taxing on your body. After all, skiing is not a hobby; it’s a sport.
Even experienced skiers can find themselves sidelined by injuries. And what’s more, as the country’s population continues to age, so does the number of people experiencing health issues associated with getting out on the slopes. In fact, one in four people over the age of 60 will face an injury at some point in their skiing career. So while it’s vital to keep enjoying the sport you love, it’s also key to stay healthy while doing so.
If you’re looking to take your skiing to the next level and prevent injuries, you need to look at how you’re skiing. As well as taking your skiing fitness seriously, you should also know when and how to push yourself so that you can continue enjoying the sport without hurting yourself.
How To Improve Your Ski Efficiency
Many skiers are unaware of just how much energy they expend while skiing. After all, until you’re injured or have an accident of some kind, you generally don’t feel like you’re working that hard. While you may not feel like you’re working hard, you’re probably using a significant amount of energy.
However, the more you know about how much energy you’re expending, the more you’ll be able to control it. That way, you can prevent injuries and continue enjoying the sport.
For instance, if you’re new to skiing, start by taking it easy. Find a resort that’s manageable for beginners and practice skiing the basics: how to turn, how to stop and how to balance. Do this for a few years before you advance to faster slopes or take on the more challenging mountain range. Otherwise, you’ll come back injured or with an injury that prevents you from continuing in the sport.
Skiing Indoors: The Indoor Skiing Revolution
Although there are plenty of benefits to skiing outdoors, the truth is that for many people, the thrill of skiing is far greater when enjoyed indoors. That’s because being confined to the safety of a chairlift means you don’t have to worry about falling over and hurting yourself.
Indoor skiing brings with it a range of opportunities for recreational and professional athletes. Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a hardcore ski enthusiast, you can find a ski run suited to your ability.
Some indoor ski resorts feature incredible panoramic views of ski-in/ski-out accommodations and expertly crafted snow parks with terrace, arcade and live music venue. Those who love a challenge can tackle the Himalaya, a four-story indoor ski resort that has one of the highest elevation changes in the world.
At the other end of the spectrum, you have small and intimate venues like the Iceberg Skating Palace, located in the heart of Copenhagen, Denmark, or the Oslo Olympic Stadium, where skiing and ice skating are literally side-by-side. These smaller resorts make for a more intimate experience and allow you to reconnect with nature by skiing on what was originally a frozen pond.
The accommodation at your ski resort will have a significant impact on your visit. After all, you’ll be spending a lot of time there!
Whether you’re a one-night stopover or a permanent residence, your ski accommodation will govern a lot of the aspects of your visit, from what kind of clothes you wear to how you engage with the locals. So it’s important to choose wisely.
Begin by looking at the size of the resort relative to your needs. If you’re looking for a quiet, family-friendly getaway, consider a small resort in the woods where you can still feel connected to nature. On the other hand, if you’re after a party resort where you can drink, dance and be social, go for a larger one.
Also think about the kind of experience you want. Do you want to stay in a traditional hotel where you can eat, sleep and maybe sightsee a little? Do you want to stay in one of the resort’s rental homes where you can cook your own meals and make your own entertainment?
Where To Eat & Drink
If you’re looking to spend your ski time eating and drinking well, you need to consider where you’re going. You don’t want to eat fast food, drunk on a Sunday night, while also trying to have a good time on holiday. That’s not what the nightlife is about!
Instead, look to the finer dining restaurants located at the upper reaches of the mountain. From three-star eateries, designed by the Michelin-starred chefs to quirky local eateries serving delicious traditional food and offering you a great view of the slopes, you’re sure to find something to suit your taste.
If you’re new to the sport, it’s a good idea to invest in some basic equipment, such as ski boots, ski attire, goggles and a ski jacket. Without these essentials, you won’t enjoy yourself on the slopes and are putting yourself at risk of injury.
Once you’ve finished your first ski lesson, you can move on to buy your ski equipment. Depending on the type of skiing you’re doing, you might need a pair of ski boots, which are designed to fit like a glove around your foot. After all, the last thing you want is to be struggling with your ski gear every time you take a turn. Finally, a great ski jacket is something that you’ll use every single day of your skiing vacation. Start by choosing a synthetic material that’s windproof and waterproof.
Once you’ve bought these essentials, it’s time to focus on the rest of your ski gear. The poles you’ll use while skiing are crucial, especially if you’re doing any tricks. Not only do they help you navigate the slopes efficiently, but they also act as balancing instruments while you’re snowboarding. For beginner skiers, it’s best to choose a double-bladed ski or a snowboard, as these are easier to control and maneuver. For experts, you can pick a triple-bladed ski or a four-wheeler, which offer greater stability while snowboarding. If speed is your thing, you can also choose a freeride snowboard, which is designed for all-around use and shredding large amounts of snow at high speeds.
Once you’ve collected all of your skiing gear, it’s time to load it onto your bag and head for the slopes. Make sure to pack things carefully so that you can enjoy your time and have fun without suffering too much. With these tips on how to improve your skiiing experience, you’ll be able to take the (in)jury out of skiing and continue enjoying the sport you love. So go ahead and hit the slopes!