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Skiing for 3 weeks - best way to manage?

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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.

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I'm not sure what the answer is, but I've also noticed that on a solo day of skiing, I get about the same vertical in 2-3 hours that I would get all day in most group scenarios.

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FWIW, I am retired, can ski any day I want. I ski five days a week. Usually take off Wednesday and Saturday. That means ski 3, off 1, ski 2, off 1. It seems to work. Occasionally vary it due to weather concerns (like rain) or visitors, and the fourth or fifth day, I'm dragging. I also pace the vert. Suddenly doing 50% more than the recent history median just means I pay for it the next day, so if the next day isn't an "off" day, I now send myself home.

Expecting 80 days this year.
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I'm a traveler when it comes to skiing out at big mountains.  Taking full advantage of being retired.  Alta/Snowbird is where I've spent the most ski days out west in the last five years.  My trips are at least a week, lately closer to two weeks.  I ski every day, but some days I ski harder than others.  I like taking a leisurely lunch (an hour) and often take off my boots.  At Alta, that means skiing 9:30-12:30, 1:30-4:00.  Sometimes start a bit earlier, sometimes ski to last chair on Collins at 4:30.  But I don't mind taking it easier in the late afternoon if I've skied hard earlier in the day.  If skiing with friends, I'll split off on my own as the mood strikes and meet up with them later.


Hot tub after a day of skiing helps me a lot.  Hot bath for the legs if no hot tub available.  At the very least, I self-message my legs.


Of course, the real answer is to find a way to incorporate ski conditioning into the off season.  I did more cardio to prepare for this season.  Helped a lot on the hikes to Catherine's.

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