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US Ski Team’s 5 Essential Ski Training Exercises

Burn Off Those Holiday Calories!

It’s easy for everyone to overeat during the holidays. Between Thanksgiving, Christmas parties, Christmas, and New Year’s, we sometimes forget to watch what we eat. Luckily, there are answers to burning those calories off that don’t involve going to the gym. In fact, the whole family can join in on these activities! Are you ready for them? They are cross country skiing and snowshoeing! cross country skiing 12.30.13That’s right! Adults can burn around five-hundred and fifty calories while snowshoeing and seven-hundred while cross country skiing! Kids weighing around seventy pounds can burn around two-hundred calories during either of these activities. The best part about these activities is that you can do them almost anywhere, weather permitting of course. Visit your local sports shop and ask for maps that show the hiking trails in the area. These help in the planning of a cross country skiing adventure! snowshoeing 12.30.13

Snowshoes are more versatile than cross country skis because you can walk just about anywhere. The whole family can take these out if you’re not looking to stay on any specific trails. Either way you’re sure to have a good time and burn a few calories no matter which sport you choose!

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Ski Tuning Tips

blog guy tuning skis 12.28.13When should you tune your skis?

Customers frequently ask how often they should get their skis tuned. Truthfully, it depends on how often you ski. If you only ski three or four times a year, then you should get a full tune right before the first day you hit the slopes and again after your last day. If you’re lucky and you get to ski several days throughout the season, you should take them to a shop and get a quick tune often. You’ll usually want to get a quick tune instead of a full tune during the season. This includes getting your edges sharpened, getting small scratches buffed out, and having a fresh wax put on. A quick tune will help your skis stay in good condition until the end of the season. Be sure to take your skis into a shop right away if they are badly damaged. Your skis could become irreparable if you wait too long to get a core shot filled or an edge fixed.

blog swix 12.28.13How often should you wax your skis?

You can get your skis waxed every time you go skiing if you want. You will most likely get the best wax if you take your skis to a shop. Shops have waxes for different temperatures and the technicians will know what is best to use to get the slickest ski. A harder wax is used for colder days and a softer wax is used for warmer days. A liquid wax is recommended if you’re going to d.i.y. It’s quick, easy, and can be put on right before you hit that first run. Be sure to get a thick coat of wax put on at the end of the season when you take your skis in to get a full tune. This will protect the ski in storage and from the heat throughout the summer.

Care and Maintenance
It’s important to wipe down your skis when you get home if you stored them in a ski rack on your car. The salt from the road in the wintertime can damage the ski if it’s left on there for too long. After you get home and you’ve wiped off your skis DO NOT store them in your ski bag if the bag or skis are wet! This will cause the edges of your skis to rust and you might not be able to get them repaired to working condition. Make sure you dry, clean, and buckle your boots when you store them. This will keep them in better condition for your next ski trip or for the next season.

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US Ski Team’s 5 Essential Ski Training Exercises

It’s never too early (or late… for you pint-lifters out there) to begin training for ski season. In fact, efficient getting and staying fit for skiing is a year-round activity if you want to avoid injury, improve your skiing and get the best out of your ski day.

U.S. Ski Team athletes in Park City, Utah, built an exercise routine you can do at home or in the gym. These exercises are simple but highly effective leg and core strengtheners that serve as staples of any routine.

Check out the following video provided by OntheSnow.com :