With ski season just around the corner, it may feel daunting to prepare for the beginning of winter. Does that first dusting of snow get you itching for your ski gear, with slight trepidation of what work needs to be put in before you hit the slopes? From equipment preparation to physical endurance, it takes more than a day to be fully prepared for that first ski day.
If you think preparing for the ski season is harder than any run you’ll face on the mountain, this comprehensive guide is here to help you tackle that challenge.
Your ski gear needs maintenance and tuning, just like your car. Having a professional inspect your gear preemptively reduces safety risks, and doing so pre-season cuts back waiting in lines. Here’s what to have checked.
Rental shops provide services to inspect your equipment, along with treating them for winter. Consider a pre-season wax or tuning; Ski Haus on Bridge Street in Vail provides a variety of tuning options.
Don’t let shopping for ski equipment or clothing overshadow the little things we rely on while shredding. Get your riding essentials before the demand (and prices) for them escalate. Here are some items to consider buying pre-season and have them available all season:
Walking from the lodge to the lift with ski equipment doesn’t count as conditioning. Pre-season training not only helps you prevent injury, but also make your skiing more fluid and effortless, and certainly reduces post ski day soreness.
There are many resources online that provide sample ski conditioning routines. Check out Men’s Fitness for some slope-inspired moves, or the U.S. Ski Team’s 5 Essential Ski Training Exercises to prep like an Olympian.
There is never a shortage of innovation in the ski industry. If you’re looking to change up your gear, researching new trends and being clear about your preferences beforehand makes shopping a breeze. Below are a few overarching trends in gear design for the 2017 season worth investigating.
Read up on these hot trends here, or check out what’s in-store at Bridge Street Ski Haus.
Even if you don’t know when your first ski day will be, following a few suggestions for pre-season preparation will get you ready to happily shred in no time.
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