Woo hoo! It’s almost time to hit the slopes. But are you really ready to take on the mountain?
Okay, maybe that’s a little dramatic. But the fact is that skiing takes some effort—effort your body might not be accustomed to after months and months in the offseason. Here are a few easy things you can do to prepare for ski season and make sure you’re ready for action when the snow starts to fly.
Start Exercising Early
Most new skiers have a blast their first day out, but they also tend to have some soreness over the next few days.
It’s okay! It happens. Exercise is a good thing! We get fooled by how simple it looks and how much fun we’re having, not realizing that all those little movements and tumbles in the snow can take a toll on our muscles. That’s why we recommend that everyone kick off the ski season by doing a few pre-ski workouts to help prime their bodies for their time on the mountain.
Focus on exercises that work your core and legs: Lunges, squats, and leg lifts are a good start. Balance-based workouts like yoga are also great, as they work those small stabilizer muscles that are oh-so-important for skiing and snowboarding.
(There are no hard and fast rules here, but we recommend starting these workouts at least a few weeks before ski season starts.)
Know the Mountain
No two mountains are exactly alike! If this is your first time on the slope, it helps to do a little research on what kind of skiing conditions to expect before heading out.
For example, we regularly track the conditions at Wachusett and report local weather forecasts, recent snowfall, snow quality, and number of lifts open. Use these resources to plan your trip, from your expected shred dates to which passes you’ll buy to which trails you’ll take while you’re here.
There’s no such thing as too much prep, and doing your homework now will mean you know exactly where to go when it comes time to ski.
Get the Right Gear
Every skier needs the right gear—no matter if you’re a pro or a novice.
Of course, you don’t need to break the bank on top-of-the-line equipment. Most ski shops offer gear rentals for the necessities, so don’t feel pressured to suit up like an Olympian before your first trip.
Our ski shop is now open daily and carries everything you might need to enjoy the slopes, but we encourage you to use what you already have and build up your gear arsenal over time. If you want to save a few bucks (and who doesn’t) make sure to check out our huge Columbus Day swap & sale event! Come prepared with these essentials:
- Multiple layers of clothing, jackets, and long pants to add or remove as needed
- Hats, mittens, and socks
- Helmet – an important safety tool for both beginners and experts
- Goggles to protect your eyes
- Generous amounts of sunscreen
Suiting Up for the Season
Skiing and snowboarding take a little more effort than just going for walk, but they’re a heck of a lot more fun, too!
Just make sure that you do your due diligence before the season starts. A little bit of exercise and planning now will pay dividends later—and will ensure that you’re in optimal condition to dazzle your friends on the slopes!