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How to Train for Backcountry Skiing


Hiking up and skiing down is incredibly taxing on your body, requiring more strength, endurance, and power than skiing at a resort.

In the backcountry, you won't have the luxury of taking a break and grabbing food in a lodge so plan your nutrition and hydration ahead of time.

Also, in terms of your gym training, think about incorporating conditioning work into strength and power circuits.

Here are a few tips to help you get started in the gym:

  • Perform full-body workouts in which you do upper body, lower body, and explosive medicine ball moves in circuit fashion—that is, do one move after another with minimal rest between exercises. (Check out our library for hundreds of exercise videos.)
  • At the end of each circuit (say, 5 to 6 exercises), challenge your cardiovascular system with a minute bout of intense activity. For instance, you could walk or run on a treadmill set at a steep incline, or hop on an elliptical or bike at a heavy resistance and low RPMs, or do sled drags.
  • Rest briefly and repeat the circuit 2 to 4 times.

This approach will help you maintain your strength and muscle endurance even after you become fatigued from the climbing and skiing.

About The Author

Craig Friedman – Craig Friedman is the vice president of the performance innovation team at EXOS. He designs and implements performance training systems for professional athletes in all sports as well as elite youth and college athletes.

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Tags: Outdoor Recreation, Skiing, Snowboarding