Mind & Body

Ski tips to tune up on

 | October 30, 2012

It’s been an interesting summer for the Sun Peaks racers. The bad news is local FIS racer Danielle Cowburn, after injuring her knee in the spring of 2011, just blew her other knee.

Dani was part of B.C.’s high performance summer program which puts the best U18 kids in the province together to train.

After a full year of rehabilitation and building herself back up to compete for a spot on the provincial team, Dani’s 2013 season was over before it even started. Let me tell you that 99 percent of people would say, “That’s it, I’m done.”  Dani, however, doesn’t fit into that 99 percent. She’s already working towards her second comeback in two years. She’s a dedicated athlete who isn’t ready to give up her dream of making the national team and competing for Canada on the World Cup circuit.

The rest of the team is working hard in dry land training, getting prepared for the long training and competition season. This brings up the question, “What should you do to prepare for the upcoming season?”
There are plenty of workouts out there that you can do but if you’re a recreational skier who wants to get the most out of your day, I’d focus on the stability muscles and your balance.

Skiing is an interesting sport where you’re constantly trying to maintain balance in a constantly changing environment. It’s using the large muscles instead of skeletal stacking that makes you tired.  First, you need to learn what a good position on the skis is. An athletic stance with all joints slightly flexed is the simplest way to describe it. Most people “sit” too far back. It’s the nature of the beast, we have these hard boots and long levers on our feet with the wind and the steeps pushing us constantly back. However, overcoming that backseat position can help you double your output on the hill.

You can do this in your living room. You should feel pressure on the front of your shins in the boot, despite what a lot of people say. Learn what a good position is then get on a Bosu ball and try to maintain it. This will challenge all the little stabilizer muscles and start training them to keep you centred. If you do this a few times per week for the next two months you’ll be amazed at how it makes you a more efficient skier. Anything that challenges your balance is great training for skiing and it’s fun too.