Skiing for Beginners

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    Dec 29, 2008 9:46 PM GMT
    Right, well im going to be skiing twice a week with my job this year in resorts near Lausanne, Switzerland. Ive never skied before in my life so any tips, help reccommendations for the beginner skier???? Also, what type of muscles are worked out while skiing, maybe not during the learning stage but once you get going....
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    Dec 29, 2008 9:52 PM GMT
    Pretty much everything in your legs - most noticeably your quads and outer and inner thighs. I highly recommend work outs to strengthen all the muscles in your legs (do some core stuff too) in preparation skiing. Also make sure to stretch. Your thighs and knees will thank you. I bet you can find some good routines on-line.
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    Dec 29, 2008 9:57 PM GMT
    brilliant, ive chicken legs anyway so im sure it will help, thanks for the advice
  • comtnjock

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    Dec 30, 2008 2:13 AM GMT
    The vertical mile will help.

    Program:
    Find a track (indoor or outdoor)
    1st lap - sprint
    2nd lap - alternate lounges
    3rd lap - steady jog
    4th lap - alternate lounges

    Do this four times a total of 16 laps assuming a 1/4 mile track. Your first several times, you may only be able to the four laps but you'll be able to build up.

    Depending on what your skiing is going to depend on what muscles you use. The mogals use all muscles. Downhill is mainly thighs. But skiing is a thigh burner.
  • i1snow

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    Dec 30, 2008 3:35 AM GMT
    Beginner skiers tend to tense up their thighs and butts to hold up the reverse "A" shape to plow snow. If you sole rely on the leg muscles to do this, you will be able to ski only a couple of hours. Try to relax your muscles as much as you can and let the gravity do some work for you while squatting down to make the shape.

    Also, try not to lean forward or backward. Beginner skiers tend to stick their butts out to balance. It is not just "pretty" icon_razz.gif and it will get you fall down. Try to line up your head with foot.

    There are more tips but they would not make much sense to you since this is your first time. Taking a lesson is strongly recommended and the instructor will tell you all things I mentioned above.

    Lastly, enjoy the snow and the mountain. Geez.. after all you are going to be in Alps.
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    Dec 30, 2008 11:59 PM GMT
    thanks for the advice guys. hopefully it will go ok, im a pretty slow learner but i want to enjoy it as much as i can, its not many jobs that allow you to go skiing!