What helps??Whitewater kayaking is a bit of a rush, although I'm not all that good at it. Good roll, but no cartwheels.
And then, there's exercises to prepare, physically and psychologically, for the upcoming season. Many of them can be done in warm weather.
Canonical list of exercises to prepare for the ski season
1. Tie a cinder block to each foot and climb a flight of stairs.
2. With the cinder blocks still tied to your feet, bind your legs together at the ankles and lie flat on the floor; then, holding a banana in each hand, get to your feet.
3. On a cold, windy day with an ice storm in progress, sit on the outside of a sixth-story window ledge with your skis on and your poles in your lap for at least 45 minutes.
4. Fasten a small, wide rubber band around the top half of your head before you go to bed each night.
5. If you wear glasses, begin wearing them with glue smeared on the lenses.
6. Throw a hundred dollar bill away—now.
7. Secure one of your ankles to a bed post and ask a friend to run into you at high speed.
8. Slam your thumb in a car door. Don't go see a doctor.
9. To simulate powder skiing, spend a great deal of money to fly to the Caribbean. Take a helicopter tour and throw a Krugerrand on the beach from the air. Then go look for it.
10. To simulate glade skiing, jog through the forest—with your eyes closed.
11. Visit your local butcher and pay $30 to sit in the walk-in freezer for half an hour. Afterwards, burn two $50 bills to warm up.
12. Go to the nearest hockey rink and walk across the ice 20 times in your ski boots carrying two pairs of skis, accessory bag and poles. Pretend you are looking for your car. Sporadically drop things.
13. Place a small but angular pebble in your shoes, line them with crushed ice, and then tighten a C-clamp around your toes.
14. Buy a new pair of gloves and immediately throw one away.
15. Go to McDonald's and insist on paying $10.00 for a hamburger. Be sure to wait in the longest line.
16. Clip a lift ticket to the zipper of your jacket and ride a motorcycle fast enough to make the ticket lacerate your face.
17. Drive slowly for five hours—anywhere—as long as it's in a snowstorm and you're following an 18 wheeler.
18. Fill a blender with ice, hit the pulse button and let the spray blast your face. Leave the ice on your face until it melts. Let it drip into your clothes.
19. Dress up in as many clothes as you can and then proceed to take them off because you have to go to the bathroom.
20. Repeat all of the above every Saturday and Sunday.