The ski season is just around the corner and this should mean a whole load of fun on the slopes for skiers and snowboarders alike. The last thing you need during your family skiing holiday, however, is a trip to the hospital with a snapped muscle or broken bone!
So, with this in mind, here’s a guide to help get you fit and healthy and to stay safe ahead of the upcoming ski season.
Advanced skiers will no doubt already know this, but if you are a beginner then the age old saying of “preparation is everything” really does ring true when it comes to ski holidays. It’s not just about packing a few warm bits of clothing and some good books, either, but truly preparing properly.
Like with all active sports, injuries cannot be prevented entirely, but there is a huge amount you can do to significantly reduce the risk of getting injured.
Get fit before you travel
Getting fit before your ski trip is a really good idea because it means you will be less prone to tiredness and therefore less likely to get injured, as this is one of the most common causes of injuries whilst on the slopes.
Many guides suggest starting a fitness programme or preparing yourself for your getaway on the slopes around six to 12 weeks in advance of your trip.
Some really good exercises are those that focus on cardiovascular fitness and leg strength. Running, cycling or just going on the cross-trainer are all good and simple ways to build up both of these attributes.
Get the right kit
If you are hiring your kit or buying it, it’s extremely important to make sure that it is set up correctly and is well serviced.
There is no point buying a cheaper alternative piece of equipment if it is going to be uncomfortable, as this will increase the likelihood of injury. You also should be aware of buying kit that is not on reflective of and suited to your ability.
If you are recovering from a recent operation or have any pre-existing injuries then you need to sort the issue out before embarking on your break.
You need to be honest with yourself, as there is no point going on the slopes if you are already injured – this could lead to further injury and a trip to the local accident and emergency centre, potentially ruining your trip.
Many people like a drink or two while they are on the slopes, but just display caution about the amount you have, especially during the day. It has been known for skiers who have had a bit too much to end up in hospital.