You've got to be kidding me
Originally Posted by Big Jim Slade
Just to go against the grain, I began massive leg training before last year and think that is the main factor in to me breaking into running double blacks all day a few times last year. For me, having strength gave me the leg endurance and abosorbtion to do a lot of hard runs back-to-back, giving me time practice on them.
However, all the leg strength in the world will get someone to the end of the day if they're snowplowing and doing it badly.
I think with strength, there is a base requisite strength needed to perform on skis. Luckily with good technique, that isnt much.
Maybe the grain is going the wrong way.
First off, Fitness and strength are two different things. Fitness being a total body ability to do an athletic movement with emphasis on repetition and aerobic ability. Strength is the ability to apply or resist force. It does not have a time component like power does, so if you are interested in slow feet then you need to train power,agility and not strength. (although strength is important here too because power=strength /time
I'm not sure about everyone else on here, but I ski to challenge myself.
a key word that many people have been using is "recreational" skier. Which in my mind implies "occasional", which leads to skiers who are less serious then most on here. Recreational skier: skier as Jogger: Runner. A runner doesn't have to be competitive, but they are out there pushing themselves, they are serious about the sport and they love what they do.
If you are a skier and you are interested in more then nice easy linked turns down a groomed carpet, then strength is incredibly important. I can just picture some of the advocates of technique only making pretty, graceful, perfectly carved turns (maybe even back uphill to control your speed!) YES, you can get away with little strength here. You're letting the skis do all the work and you're a marvel of efficiency. Boring.
When it comes to higher speeds, ungroomed terrain, etc. (the things that we use to define ourselves as advanced skiers):
what do you think resists the G-forces?
What enables angulation, the seperation of upper body and lower body?
Strength of gluteus medius etc.
How can you resist compression when in a tuck?
Why does every ski races train heavily in the weight room?
Because strength matters.
Kicking steps on a steep boot pack with skis and a pack on your back?
I hope you have some strength
Carving in Tight places? Trees, chutes, rocks?Avoiding skiers who cut you off?
Something needs to bend those skis.