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post #1 of 18
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just wanted to know what everyone does for off season training? do you have any specific drills that are good to improve skiing skills? i guess i should state my goals. i live in ohio, so improving my skills for when i go out west is a major concern.



  • increase stamina on the hill, so i can ski multiple days without completely crashing out due to exhaustion.
  • improve my bump skiing. this is really important to me. i need some drills or something that i can work on to improve my ability to ski bumps.
  • increase ability to hold an edge. i guess this goes along with increased stamina, but on long runs, i inevitably end up feeling like my legs are gonna collapse by the end.
post #2 of 18

I typically just spend 3-5 hours a week in the Gym year round... probably not much is going to change this summer...


However, i do want to buy a Hacky Sack after reading/watching this thread:

post #3 of 18

Sport- Tennis for quickness and agility. Running for stamina. Weight training, more leg workouts for muscle development. Sit ups for strong core muscles. Roller blading for balance, pivoting and edging . Golf for timing and coordination.


Generally remain active and visualize the movements you feel you need to improve your skiing for next season.

Reflect on Video you may have of yourself.

Spent time on Epic Ski to keep the mind in the game. SKIING!!!!


OH YA!!!

Drink Beer!!!


post #4 of 18

Greetings mudflaps!


You want offseason training for mogul skiing? Try Jonny Moseley's approach!


You could do a specific search on offseason training:


You could do a general search on training in the fitness forum


For most skiers, I've generally found that improving technique has a bigger return on investment than getting in shape. This is especially true for skiers suffering from leg fatigue. In general you want a mix of strength, aerobic and flexibility development that is not so boring that you won't stick to the program. Lots of sports work well as cross training for skiing. Some (inline skating) better than others (ping pong).


Personally, I have a large batch of upper, core and lower body exercises for strength and flexibility I do at home with fitness bands, bar bells, medicine balls, balance board, fitness ball, etc. Then I play golf 3x/week, walking and carrying. 

post #5 of 18

T the INSANITY CD's are great but ignore the hype of the commercials and avoid the upsell if you buy direct


I bought a used set off ebay and I love them each morning. 


I add some biking or trampoline in the afternoon

post #6 of 18

However, i do want to buy a Hacky Sack after reading/watching this thread:


Yeeaahh... score one for Blake!  LOL biggrin.gif

post #7 of 18
Originally Posted by mudflaps View Post
  • improve my bump skiing. this is really important to me. i need some drills or something that i can work on to improve my ability to ski bumps.


post #8 of 18
Necoach, what is this guy using? is it two bikes?
looks really useful for teaching deep absorption and moving the feet back after cresting a bump
post #9 of 18

Two bikes.

post #10 of 18

  Looks brutal! biggrin.gif



post #11 of 18

Road Bike.
Core Stability.
Proper Nutrition.

See a PT like me :) 


post #12 of 18

Coaches and peers have told me to get stronger through the core and legs to do my 3 next year. So I've started suspension training using a TRX clone. (Also doing upper body, but that's mostly for aesthetics.) I'll be working up to more plyometrics with it over the summer/fall. 


Also continuing with inline skating for technique/tactic development. Hope to do more skate park this year too. 

post #13 of 18

All of the above. I might want to add getting in some time on a mountain bike. Besides the obvious fitness benefits, there is also a lot of similarities when it comes to bump skiing. Unlike road riding, mtb biking requires a lot more upper body feedback to stay in balance with the constantly changing terrain beneath you. Also helps your hand/eye coordination, you are (or should be) constantly looking ahead to pick or adjust your line through the rough stuff. I maintain a year round weight training routine, although because I'm getting older, I tend to use my Total Gym more now than free weights, far less wear and tear on the joints. I'm on my mtb bike mostly in the colder months, I also do a lot more road cycling in the summer. But even then, I try to get at least a few rides in on the mtb here and there just to keep from getting rusty.

post #14 of 18
Originally Posted by Mac View Post

I tend to use my Total Gym more now than free weights, far less wear and tear on the joints. 

Really? Why would free weights cause wear and tear?

post #15 of 18

Oh, don't forget nutrition! I'm trying to eat healthy off-season. Lots of raw foods, hopefully low carbs, low fat, high protein. I got a bit gutty this winter (think: skinny fat man) and would like to look fit in the next couple of months. 

post #16 of 18

I posted it in another thread but I designed and use this device during our long off-season periods down under. It uses the same group of muscles as in skiing on snow and is pretty good for balance. Since there is no sliding it requires quite precise movements. Apart from a little bit of gym that's the main thing I do and since I mainly ski piste it works pretty well for me. The video below is of Mitch Smith who used to run the Air & Style freestyle program at Falls Creek. It took him about 15 minutes to get a good feel for the gear and try it on the main resort road. He enjoyed it so much that I temporarily lost my toy which is now on loan with him for more riding in more challenging conditions.


post #17 of 18

In order of frequency: Bodyboarding, Long Boarding (skate), Skateboarding at skate park, Dirt Jumping/Pump Track, Mountain Biking, Stand-up Paddle Board (SUP) in small waves, Gym - more core training than weights

post #18 of 18


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