The Building Blocks to a Successful Ski Vacation: Quick Tips for Getting in Shape

Posted by: admin October 29th, 2014

Frisco ColoradoAs you all know by now, Frisco lodging is within driving distance of numerous world-class Colorado ski resorts such as Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Copper, Vail and Beaver Creek. Truly the “Main Street to the Rockies,” what better place to stay when booking your next ski vacation than the Frisco Lodge, located just minutes from I-70 in downtown Frisco, Colorado.

So, in keeping with our tradition of providing our guests (and potential guests) with valuable resources to utilize when visiting Summit County, here are some tips on how to get in ski shape before heading up to the high country. You don’t want to hit the slopes this year unprepared.

According to pro skier and personal trainer Pip Hunt, the best way to get in shape for ski season is to already be in shape. “I believe in training and staying active year round,” she says. “Trying to get back in shape after a considerable amount of time sucks.”

But, unfortunately, for most people visiting Colorado’s ski resorts, staying in “ski shape” year round is just not feasible. Skiing truly involves using muscles that you probably never knew you had until the next day. So, what do you do in the weeks and months building up to your trip? Here are some tips you can do from the comfort of your own home:

SnowboarderBuild strength in your posterior chain

Skiers are known for their butts. Seriously, though, there’s a reason for that. The muscles in the back of your body (glutes, hamstrings, lower back and lats) power you downhill, keep you stable in uncertain terrain, and give you that explosivity you need on the bumps … regardless of what level of skier you are. So, to train the posterior muscles by performing squats, deadlifts, lunges and pushing weight overhead.

Build up your stamina

Skiing requires both stamina and short burst aerobic output. Injuries happen most often when you’re tired so to build capacity for both of these, try some high intensity interval training that keeps your heart rate elevated for 15 to 30 minutes, 3-5 times per week. You can rotate between short sprints and longer sustained efforts. Try running hills or doing intervals on a treadmill, but either way, keeping your heart rate high is key. Other basic examples of aerobic exercises include, cycling, hiking, swimming, and jump rope.

Ski turnsBuild up your core

A strong core can do wonders for helping prevent injuries. By building your core, you will not only be able to maintain your balance while skiing, but this will support the rest of your body as well. Target your front muscles through sit-ups, your sides through oblique exercises or medicine ball twists, and the back through weighted back extensions.

Build up your leg strength

Wall sits are constantly suggested for building your leg (quad) strength and endurance. Simply sit against the wall as if you are perched on an invisible chair and spread your feet shoulder width apart and a couple feet away from the wall. Slowly slide your back down the wall until your thighs are parallel with the ground, and your knees directly above your ankles. Keep your back flat against the wall and hold the position for 30 to 60 seconds, rest for 30 seconds, and repeat (the times can increase as you progress). You can do this while you’re watching TV or during your break at work.

Snowboard balanceBuild your balance

Ample stretching and balance exercises can do wonders for your steadiness on the slopes, and can be as simple as standing on one foot at a time. Doing this in preparation for the ski season will help you to stick it out and stay on the trails much longer.


With the prices of lift tickets increasing every year, it takes a small fortune to provide a ski vacation for your entire family. Accordingly, you will want to get the most of your day(s) on the hill, and with the aforementioned tips you will be well on your way to a full day of turns at your favorite Colorado mountain resort.

Remember, Frisco lodging sets you up perfectly for access to at least six mountains to test your “ski shape.” What are you waiting for?