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Daily Warm-up Routines (An article by Your Ski Coach)

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Professional Athletes always warm up before their competition, with a structured set of exercises designed to allow them to perform at their best.  How many recreational skiers do the same?  You should be.  Not only will it help you avoid injury, it will allow you to ski your best, and experience the most fun possible during your day on the mountain.  

 

The following article contains 3 detailed warm-up routines, for 3 distinct skier ability levels.  Feel free to print off the routine that best fits your level of skiing, and take it with you to the slopes to use on a daily basis.  Just click on the link below, then click on the small front page of the article to get a full size printable version.  Enjoy.

 

Your Daily Warm-up Routine

 

 

 

This is the third in a series of articles I'm offering up for use on Epicski this season.  Access the first 2 through the links below.

 

The New Equipment Bug (27 Oct 10)

 

The Season Starter Program (6 Nov 10)

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #2 of 9
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Bumping this thread, to make sure people get a chance to see it.  Very important topic, and the view count is ghastly low. 

post #3 of 9

When I was racing in college we had a routine for warming up... It involved a flask. wink.gif

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Originally Posted by HeluvaSkier View Post

When I was racing in college we had a routine for warming up... It involved a flask. wink.gif


Good for getting blood to the extremities.  Also, I'm sure it would serve to relax the competition jitters a bit, as long as you didn't over medicate.  Been there, done that.  smile.gif

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Good topic, enjoyed reading it. Thanks for posting. I should have read it last week thou because my first day on skis this season was this weekend. Anyway, I also go through a lot of drills just to fresh up my mind and body. As a matter of fact my very first couple of runs felt very very bad. Nothing worked. I booted out when carving and I was in the back seat all the time. I started having doubts about my gear. Were my new new skis really this bad? Were my boots too big? My ski poles too short? etc. So I started to do drills for half a day and allredy the next day I was skiing much much better. On my forth day I felt like my boots and skis were extentions of my body. I had full controll. I was one with everything. Solid. And my skiing was and felt awsome.

post #6 of 9

Rick,

Thanks for this thread!  I remember several years ago for an ESA event Lisamarie had our group do several stretching exercises before we started the day.  Really made a huge difference all day long.   Still do them to this day before getting on the lift.  Might look a little goofy doing them off the side but what the hey... Thanks!

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Ragin, Tdk6, you're very welcome.  Glad you found it useful.  I do warm-up drills everyday I hit the slopes.  Immediately dials in my balance and edge feel for the day ahead.  I encourage all my students to do the same.  It really makes a big difference.  

post #8 of 9

Yes, I also start every ski session and ski lesson with a warm up. Some of our instructors stubbornly go ahead and play with the children insted but I like the ide that every skier learns right from the start how important warming up and streching is. And not depending on 10 friends to snowfight.gif. Skiing is fun enough if its done correctly.

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Bumping this thread to let people know it's not to late in the season to think about introducing a daily warmup routine into each day you're on the mountain.  Not just stretching, but a package of balance and edging drills that will quickly get you back in tune with your skis, and ready to perform at your best during the day ahead.   I do them everyday I go skiing.  

 

The following link takes you to an article I wrote about the subject.  It provides 3 warmup routines, for skier of various skill level, with descriptions and pictures of each drill.  Feel free to print off the routine best suited to your skill level, and take it to the mountain with you to try.  

 

http://www.yourskicoach.com/YourSkiCoach/Daily_Warm_Up_Routine.html

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