or Connect
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › General Skiing Discussion › ten days, one morning, or just one run: How long does it take you to get your ski legs back?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

ten days, one morning, or just one run: How long does it take you to get your ski legs back?

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

Just wondering how folks find their first days on snow at the beginning of the season.  

How long does it take you to get back up to normal?

Did it used to take longer, or shorter, than now?

Do you do anything special to "get it back?" 

 

 

post #2 of 17

A few turns.  I'm always pleasantly surprised that I can still do it =)

post #3 of 17

I'm sure it's a function of age and fitness.  Although I usually "remember how to ski" sometime during the first 20 feet, I've noticed it taking as long as 12-18 days to actually reach the "old me" from the end of last year.  Good thing my season is usually 60-70 days...

post #4 of 17

It take me shorter each season to feel like I can ski well, but its take a long time each year to feel as good as I did at the end of the last season.

 

when you ski 150+ days in a row it takes alot longer to regain a good feeling on skis because by the end of the season its stupid easy to ski.

 

 

post #5 of 17

Depends on a few things:

 

  1. How many months/years since the last time?
  2. How many days did I log during that last season?
  3. How old am I now?

 

Anywhere between half a run and two runs depending on those variables.yahoo.gif

 

Better question is...

 

How long do your legs last on the first day of the season?

 

That depends on how active I've been doing other things lately.. 

 

  1. Sit ups and push ups a couple times a week?
  2. Hiking, biking, or skateboarding regularly?
  3. Coaching and refereeing kids sports? (closest I ever get to running/jogging is playing sports)

 

I'm always good for at least three hours of laps with a short snack break.  If I'm in shape then I can get closer to 6 hours before the legs start failing me and screaming for Naproxin.redface.gif

post #6 of 17

After a few beers, I'm awesome.

post #7 of 17

During my one day out so far, it took me a few hundred vertical feet before I started making turns that felt reasonably smooth.  It usually takes me a couple days to reach "mid season form" though.

post #8 of 17

Technique: about 4 turns into the first mogul field, Fitness level: ok after the first back to back days. Getting up to last season's conditioning: by end of the first road trip. Bullet proof status: after I take the first tumble and find I haven't shattered on impact.  

post #9 of 17

For me, the first run or two is awful. I feel like I stink.

Then, things start to get better and I feel like I can do it for the next 10 runs.

Then I start carving up a train for the next 10 runs, tryna get that feeling back.

And then on that last run, magic happens and then I wanna get back at there and do it again but too bad it's 4:00 by now.

 

That's Day 1 year after year for me.

post #10 of 17

I don't ski enough to notice a difference.

post #11 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by KevinF View Post

During my one day out so far, it took me a few hundred vertical feet before I started making turns that felt reasonably smooth.  It usually takes me a couple days to reach "mid season form" though.



Your lucky it wont be till feburary till I feel as if I am 'awesome" again.

post #12 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post

I don't ski enough to notice a difference.



I don't stop skiing enough to notice a difference.

post #13 of 17

For me, I find that it takes a while for the ACTUAL skiing muscle movements to override 8 months of off-season gym training, where variations of the squat and jump---all taking place in tennis shoes--- cannot approximate skiing down a hill in rigid ski boots.

 

I think it took me about a month to get in the groove.  

 

However, I felt like I could "ski" after a second of skiing into my first run.

post #14 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by bjohansson View Post

After a few beers, I'm awesome.

And as a fellow swede I bet you also think you become as fluent in as many languages as beers you drink.  I scare myself if i drink while skiing.

 

post #15 of 17

I will admit that I can't get up out of a chair easily after my first day of Telemark skiing, but that's after my first day. During my first day, I ski at about the same level I sunk to the year before. By the end of the day, I can still get down but I can't always get back up.

post #16 of 17

Last year it took me a good 12+ days to get back where I left off the previous year. 

 

This season, I think I'm fairly close after only 4 days, despite having made significant gains last year. The main difference: tons of skate-2-ski training in the summer. 

 

Skate-2-ski is inline skating down hills, using poles, applying ski technique. Cones set up to mark turns. Chalkline patterns on the ground to define either where your centre of mass needs to ride, or to drill on turn shape. 

 

All five ski skills exist in inline skating: stance+balance, pivoting, edging, pressure control, and timing&coordination. Coaches versed in skate-2-ski can work out issues in any of the skills on concrete, and translate these improvements back to snow. 

 

My short turns on skis are definitely more powerful already thanks to this training. I promise to post some skate-2-ski video soon. it's like, the ski world's best kept secret. 

post #17 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by noncrazycanuck View Post

And as a fellow swede I bet you also think you become as fluent in as many languages as beers you drink.  I scare myself if i drink while skiing.

 



I "know" I become fluent.  I had many extended conversations with Czechs, Poles, and lots of "Ostis" in the Hofbrauhaus...made many "best friends".  biggrin.gif

 

I never ski plastered but a pint or two at lunch releases my brain and lets my instincts take over.

 

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: General Skiing Discussion
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › General Skiing Discussion › ten days, one morning, or just one run: How long does it take you to get your ski legs back?