10 tips for 10 days worth 10 cents
Originally Posted by jclay2
This a differrent question but somewhat similar: "If I ski at most ten times this season, how do I make the most out of it in terms of improvement. When I go skiing I ski and push myself as hard as I can, while still having an awesome time. What would you guys suggest to get better if there are not a lot of skiing days on the calendar, at least this year?
Here's my 10 cents for how you can make the most out of 10 days this year:
1) Get a private lesson from the top pro available on day 1
- Call ahead to make arrangements. Take the time when the pro is available versus.
- Tell the pro you want an assessment of your ability and you want to develop a training plan for the season. You should walk away with drills that you can work on and some idea of how to self evaluate if you are doing the drills correctly.
2) Get video of yourself and post it on Epic for feedback ASAP. Compare and contrast with private lesson advice.
3) Be in shape before you go skiing. Focus on core strength, balance and cardio.
4) Get plenty of rest before ski days. Eat right and hydrate on ski days.
5) Rollerblade or ice skate in between ski days.
6) Allocate a percentage of your ski time to racing.
7) Ski with better skiers as much as you can. Follow better skiers right in their tracks.
8) Make the most out of your time on snow. Be ready to go before the lifts open, but don't worry about pushing to get the last run in. Do slower drills when the lines are longer. Do faster drills when the lines are shorter. Have things to do on every part of the trail - don't waste time going from one good section to another. Take lunch early or late to take advantage of shorter lift lines 12-1. Don't skip lunch. If you can choose at all, go on days that will be less busy (e.g. worse weather means more vertical, mid week vs week end).
9) Spend time skiing the nastiest stuff you can find.
10) Remember to have some fun and spend time not thinking about technique.