So, I'm in Utah for 3 weeks skiing Alta and Snowbird. This is the longest I've ever had to just ski, ski, ski and I'm wondering about the best way to manage the conditioning and recovery. I've already been here a week and want to get maximum benefit out of the next couple weeks.
I'm skiing by myself (which I usually prefer) about 4 hours a day. I've noticed that those 4 hours seem to equate to a full day of skiing with a buddy (or 3 days of skiing with a group) after you subtract all the let's-go-here, let's-go-there dithering. 4 hours has been plenty so far. At that point I'm still skiing well but I recognize incipient exhaustion, there's no pressure to maximize every single second that the lifts are open. After all, that's why I'm here 3 weeks. I don't track my vert but I'm pretty much doing laps all day. I ski straight through except to get an occassional drink, no long breaks or meals. So far I've skied 3 days on, 1 day off.
What's the optimum way to approach my time from fitness and conditioning point of view? I'm pretty well acclimated now and initial muscle stiffness is gone. (I'm quite fit but hadn't done any other skiing this season). I'm a strong skier, ski pretty much anything well and seek out the bumps. If it matters I draw the line at cliff hucking and you-fall-you-die couloirs. Any suggestions welcome, thanks in advance.
ps - I'm usually an eastern skier, the spring conditions and scratchy stuff doesn't faze me at all. In fact I like the spring conditions, next best thing to powder IMO.