Warm Up Before Skiing
You can achieve a good, basic warm-up in 10 minutes. Begin with a three- to five-minute walk around the lodge, followed by a two-minute light jog. You can jog in place if you prefer. Rotate your wrists, ankles and neck in both directions. Loosen and warm your arms with arm circles, again in both directions. Add in a few sets of jumping jacks, 15 per set. Squat 10 times, take a brief rest, then do it again. March in place and progressively increase the height of your knee lifts — slowly for 30 seconds, then rapidly for another 30 seconds. Finish up with a minute of alternating left and right heel kicks, again slowly for 30 seconds, then rapidly for another 30 seconds. Try to come as close to striking your butt as you can without overstretching. Heel kicks can be performed while standing in place or walking.
Advanced Stretching Exercises
You can augment your basic warm-up routine with more advanced stretching exercises. British Olympic skier Chemmy Alcott uses specific stretches in her warm-up routine, each of which is suitable for recreational skiers. For a standing leg swing, stand upright, hold onto a rail with one hand, swing your leg forward and back, making sure that your glutes and quads do the work, not gravity. To do a rotating lunge, stand upright, take one step forward, extend the forward knee over the toes, hold this position, then gently rotate your core/torso side to side, breathing deeply as you stretch. For the threading the needle, get on all fours, hands squarely beneath your shoulders, extend one arm to the side, then “thread” that arm palm-up through the gap between the opposite hand and knee, gently twisting your core as your arm slides along the floor. Make sure that you stretch both sides of your body whenever you perform these advanced stretching exercises.