Fall is officially here, which means that the ski season is just around the corner. If you’re looking for a competitive ski camp to push the edges of your skillset, PV Alpine is ready to help you thrive! Our fall ski camp in Vail provides instruction and training for athletes at all levels in their career, from beginners to future Olympians. Our experienced coaches and small group instructions help to generate progress in addition to fun.

Before the season begins, it pays to fine-tune your gear (and yourself). Keep reading for a few of our tips to make the most of our ski racing lessons, and be sure to check out our fall camp to enroll today!

Get in Shape

We all know how painful it can be to hit the slopes on the first day of training, and slalom racers can relate to the burn felt in their hamstrings, calves, and quads. Before you arrive at our ski camp in Vail this fall, it can help to dust off your workout routine and do a few reps. Skiers have hundreds of sport-specific exercises to rely on, meaning that each individual will need to select the workouts that work best for them.

The goal of setting a quality workout routine is to keep your muscles in shape, increasing strength while improving your cardio to ensure that your physical limitations are not holding you back. Sticking to a workout plan will also help to enhance your dexterity and reflexes on the slope.

To begin, look for exercises that engage your key skiing muscles, including:

  • Leg blasters — Deadlifts, squats, and lunges are all beneficial in improving your muscle performance on the slopes. Be sure to burn those calves, thighs, and glutes!
  • Core workouts — A strong core is essential for optimal control and to reduce the chances of injury. In downhill skiing, strong obliques help to navigate sharp turns with precision and speed.
  • Stamina boosters — Lengthening and strengthening your muscles will be for naught if you’re gassed by the third gate! Box jumps, lateral hops, and other dynamic movements can help to improve your cardio, which may prove to be a lifesaver when you’re in the midst of a full run.

Fine-Tune Your Diet

We are what we eat, and if you want to be the best, you’ll need to start eating for success now. Downhill ski racing is a demanding sport, and one that requires the right nutrition to achieve the best results. You can fine-tune your foods to find the right fit for you, as long as the sustenance contains healthy fats, vitamins and minerals, and protein. Try to avoid fried foods (especially before your race!), as they will only bog you down and deliver little energy.

Dehydration is one concern to watch out for on the slopes, so be sure you’re full stocked on H2O when you hit the slopes at our fall ski training. Your performance will improve, and your body will thank you!

Prepare Your Equipment

Your ski equipment will need to be as sharp as you when you arrive in Vail to have a fun and productive experience. It’s important to ensure everything is tuned and waxed before you step into your bindings, including a nice, flat ski base, edge bevels, and more. Keep in mind that alpine skiing is an intensive sport, and your skis will perform much better if you continue to tune it after each practice or race day.

Join Our Ski Camp in Vail!

If you’re ready to improve your speed and responsiveness, PV Alpine is here to provide top-notch instruction at our week-long fall camp in beautiful Vail, Colorado. Our staff provides personalized instructions and video reviews to help skiers grow and improve. Contact us today to learn more!