Late Spring and Summer are the periods where skiers should not just wait for Winter. Summer practice is important not just for professional skiers but also for recreational ones. Here are my bits of advice how to prepare in summer for winter skiing season.
I prefer cross-country skiing over alpine skiing, so these bits of advice will focus on recreational cross-country skiers during summer. But I think that no of these bits of advice will make any wrong to anybody.
Advice no. 1 – Stay Fit
Advice no. 1 is pretty obvious. As in every other sport you have to be in good fitness. Therefore it is important not to spend your summer just lying on the beach and reading a book. Try to keep your fitness in good shape. Swim and run when you have an opportunity. Nobody wants to start from zero in November, so maintaining the level of fitness you had in March is a good idea.
Advice no. 2 – Rollerskating
If you look for a complementary sport to cross-country skiing during summer, rollerskating should be your primary choice. It has many things in common with cross-country skiing. You can enjoy the speed and long distance trails. You can add poles to your rollerskates and pretend the skiing movement as much as possible. I regularly go rollerskating during summer to keep myself in a shape and to put some pressure on my legs and joints I use during skiing.
Advice no. 3 – Hiking
What is good about the summer that you can go for hiking trips to the trails you ski on during winter. Go on to nature, get used to higher altitude conditions and try to explore the trails you see covered by snow. You will get known with terrain and profile of the trails, which will help you during winter.
Advice no. 4 – Check your gear
This advice is not about the fitness. I use the spare time during summer to check my skiing gear. Repair what can be repaired, make plans for what new gear I will need to buy in autumn. Now it is the right time for that. You are not in a hurry, you have time to make good preparation.
I offered just basic bits of advice how to prepare for winter skiing season in summer. It sounds really obvious, but there are people who are not doing anything during summer. It leads to an unwelcome surprise in November. So stay fit, enjoy the summer and see you on skiing routes in winter.