Snow Season Preparation

Winter is coming so your snow season preparation should be happening.

Winter is coming so your snow season preparation should start now or you will be really behind!

Fitness

Skiing and snowboarding are high impact, high intensity sports – they’re hard on the lungs, muscles and joints. It’s pretty simple: if you’re fit and strong you’ll be able to ski and snowboard longer and better, as opposed to if you’re puffing and sloppy.

You want to hit the slopes with a strong core, strong legs, a strong fitness base in general really, and a decent range of flexibility. If you are currently strapped for time and/or lazy, start stretching and exercising as much as possible every week.

Stretches like the lying knee rollover stretch, squatting leg-out adductor stretch, single heel-drop Achilles stretch, groin stretch lunges, hamstring and quad stretches are great for the pins. And for workouts, try these beginner, intermediate and advanced routines.

Next, read the book Born To Run by Christopher McDougall and start running.

Fashion

First, make an equipment checklist. It’s better to make sure you have everything you will need before worrying about how good you look.

Has your gear been stuffed in a cupboard all summer? Probably. Air out your boots and inners, inspect the edges of your skis and snowboard, sharpen and wax them if need be, clean your bindings, check your goggles and wash your thermals.

Have a look at the latest jackets, pants and gear from TREW, Dakine, Icebreaker, Burton, Picture and other snow brands to get an idea of what’s new in the market. And check out the likes of Torah Bright, Mark McMorris, Shaun White and Hannah Teter on Instagram to see what the pros are sporting.

Forecast

No one is daring enough just yet to forecast New Zealand’s snow season, not even Pete ‘The Frog’ Taylor.

If you’re thinking of hitting the Australian ski fields, the Aussie snow forecast from The Grasshopper estimates “a fairly good start to the season, then a slowish late winter.” And goes on to say, “I’m leaving the door open for a spring dump, possibly even a rerun of the ‘Blizzard of Oz’ but that might be going too far. Maximum snow depths should lie within a range of 180-220 cm when comparing to a long-term average of 195 cm at Spencer’s Creek. The potential for artificial snowmaking may be hampered during the preseason due to warm and wet conditions, but later in the season snow machines will get their chance to shine.”

So there you go, start preparing as it’s a true wonder on the snow fields in Falls Creek and Queenstown. Chat to QT if you would like some more information, we are always happy to help and share our love of our regions.

words by niall roeder

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