Every dynamic sport, whether it’s basketball, tennis, hockey or skiing has one thing in common with regard to technique: Athletic Stance is paramount!
Imagine a tennis player receiving a serve with their feet together. There’s no way they can get to the ball in time not to mention how ridiculous it would look! Same thing with a hockey player bent at the waist so much they couldn’t see the puck.
Skiing is no different, but because our ski boots are rigid, it often times forces us to depend on our equipment to get down the hill. Even expert skiers are guilty of sitting back, bending at the waist or having a goofy stance. A proper “Athletic” stance will make your day of skiing both more enjoyable and also less taxing on your muscles and joints.
So here’s the “skinny” on skiing with an athletic stance… start with your feet a little less than shoulder width apart – ankles flexed so your knees are in front of your toes – a slight bend in your knees and a slight tilt in your pelvis so your sternum is in front of your knees. Lastly, your hands should be in front of you about as wide as if you are reading a newspaper.
Now, once you’ve assembled your stance it should look like you are a linebacker in football or a tennis player receiving a serve. If you can explode, side to side on the hill, you’ve got it right! Superior technique begins with a proper Athletic stance, so get lined up and go tackle the slopes!
The holidays are a happy time for celebrating with family, friends, and co-workers. Unfortunately, this time of year can also be turned sour by a wide variety of clever frauds, unauthorized debit and credit card transactions, and bogus person-to-person scams. By the end of 2015, individuals, retailers, charitable donors, and companies were victimized to the tune of $1.5 billion… and that number is expected to have gone up in 2016.
Just as you protect your home with an alarm system, you should set up defenses for your credit and identity. During the holiday season, fraudulent activity spikes, but here’s how to protect yourself from the eight most common scams.
Big Data Breeds Data Breaches
Big data during the holidays is great for marketers; it’s a bonanza of consumer information to use to lure shoppers to Black Friday deals and the like. However, while companies wrangle in the chaos of holiday orders, scammers search for weaknesses in a company’s cyber-security. According to a top executive at one of the leading credit bureaus, “Data breaches are inevitable and most consumers are vulnerable to identity theft… especially during the holidays.” In fact, 25% more consumers were affected by identity theft during the holidays in 2015 than in 2014! [Read more…]
In today’s “modern equipment” era, every sport seems to be evolving at breakneck speed and skiing happens to be leading the charge. Most ski equipment today is allowing even an intermediate skier to navigate difficult terrain with relative ease.
Skiing, like golf, is VERY equipment oriented and it’s easy to get lost in the sea of magazine and online reviews. No doubt that every accessory plays a role in your on-hill experience, whether it’s a nice fitting helmet, warm gloves and of course skis that suit your skill and style. That being said, we highly recommend your first equipment priority be a great pair of comfortable ski boots.
Yes, the ski boot is where the proverbial “rubber hits the road” my friends. It should be Numero Uno on your ski equipment list. Without comfortable ski boots that still have a snug fit, you’ll either be sloshing around aimlessly – praying to find your first “carve” or even worse, you’ll be in a ski boot so tight that all you can think about is sipping hot chocolate by the fire in your slippers! Poor fitting boots are the fastest way to ruin a ski vacation. There’s no excuse anymore for not having incredibly comfortable ski boots – hey, it’s the 21st century and they’re already talking about putting people on Mars!
The bottom line is that good ski equipment is relatively easy to find with the exception of boots… so spend your time finding the right pair and if it takes some extra cash to have the boots fit by an expert, it’s money well spent because you’ll be carving all day in comfort!
It’s a little like the guy who drives off the used car lot with no insurance – two blocks down the road and he’s wrapped his new purchase around a light pole. Seriously, I had a friend do this with a brand new waterski boat on I-70 in Denver! His prized new Mastercraft went sailing off the trailer at 60 miles per hour! So what does this have to do with skiing?
Every year when the snow begins to fly, we get excited and can’t wait to make our first ski runs. We pull everyone’s skis out of the garage or basement where they’ve sat dormant for 6 or 7 months. The skis and bindings are dusty, full of spiders and there’s probably even a little rust on the edges. Just like my friend who thought, “I can easily make it to my house 5 miles away”. The majority of skiers never think to check their bindings.
Strange things happen to products that aren’t used for long periods of time. Bindings today are well made and contain lubrication inside that ensures proper function. However, over time and under certain conditions, all lubrication can dry and become less effective. Therefore, it’s absolutely imperative that you take everyone’s skis into a certified ski shop to re-adjust the bindings prior to skiing for the first time. It’s even more important for your kids because they can grow so quickly over the summer months that little Johnny is not so little anymore. Failing to have your kid’s bindings checked is as dangerous as letting them ride to the ski area on top of your car.
Do yourself a favor – get the cheapest insurance on the market – get your bindings checked before you ski each season!
As you know, skiing is a physically taxing and dynamic sport – which means you’ll want to train in a similar manner. Hopefully, you’ve done enough aerobic exercise throughout the summer and early fall to begin some interval and strength training.
There are 3 pillars of physically conditioning for skiing: Leg strength, core strength and anaerobic endurance – which requires interval training. Unless you’re an Olympic athlete, you don’t need to spend hours in the gym – just focus on a few specific areas on a daily rotation that will optimize your fitness prior to getting on snow. Here is the first set of exercises that will help you develop the 3 pillars:
- Leg strength: Standard squats with full range of motion are preferred, but let pain be your guide. If you have knee problems or have had knee surgery, you’ll need to abbreviate your range of motion or try forward lunges. Wall sits are also excellent for building leg endurance – not to mention finding your pain tolerance. For fun, try it with your 9-year-old daughter and see who wins! And, don’t forget about your hamstrings – muscle balance is key.
- Core strength: Skiing requires more than just Jane Fonda’s 8-minute abs. You need to focus on core power as well as core strength. We recommend more dynamic movement like tossing around a 4-6 lb. medicine ball with a friend or hanging from the pull-up bar and doing some leg ups. The bottom line is to be creative enough with your exercises to fatigue at 6-10 reps with 3 sets.
- Anaerobic endurance requires interval training: Most skiers never ski for more than a minute per run, so these exercises are designed to push your limits for 45-90 seconds at a high interval. Be creative. For example, move for 45 seconds around trees in the park, do burpee’s for a minute, run up a set of stairs sideways for 45 seconds or make an obstacle course in your backyard. Train outside in the chilly air, think outside the box and have fun… after all, you’re a skier!
If you would like more advice preparing for the skiing season, or find a place in Park City before the skiing season is completely upon us, don’t hesitate to contact us today at 435.640.5660 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to make sure you have the best skiing season this year.