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Top Activities to Boost Your Ski Performance

European Snowsport's advice on how to boost ski performance during the off-season

To help you prepare for the upcoming winter season, European Snowsport have provided some useful advice on how to improve your skiing before even setting foot on the snow. Then, once you are back in the mountains, your ES instructor can help you take the next steps to skiing confidently and with style. So, without further ado, here are European Snowsport's "Top 5 Non-Skiing Activities to Boost your Ski Performance."

  1. Ice Skating
    Ice skating is brilliant for core skiing skills and there are many indoor ice rinks open during the summer months for you to hone your skills. After the first wobbly steps, you will feel your balance improve quickly and don't forget to practice your co-ordination for skating on skis. Improved skills here will also help you enjoy the outdoor rinks in top resorts. Outdoor skating in winter is available (and recommended) in Verbier, Zermatt, St. Moritz, Chamonix and Val d'Isere.
  2. Horse Riding
    For dynamic balance skills, it is hard to beat horse riding. An experienced horse rider will usually make an impressive start as a skier and the skills at all levels of riding will help with balance and coordination when skiing. You will be used to training your core to micro-adjust to changes in balance when on a horse and this will help you hone your technique on the snow.
  3. Cycling
    Sadly, many skiers let themselves down with their fitness and tend to flag before the end of the day. It's easy to see why; many of us have desk jobs and are muscles are not taxed by sitting in a chair all day. This is where cycling comes in; improving leg strength by cycling over the inter-season will help keep your legs mountain ready, allowing you to have fun skiing for longer.
  4. Wakeboarding/Water-skiing
    We know not everyone has access to this, although there are more centres opening up all the time in lakes and reservoirs. However, wakeboarding is used by many competitive skiers during the off-season to help keep their balance and agility in top form away from the snow. For a first-timer, it can be easier to get going on a wakeboard than on waterskis, but the stance is more similar to snowboarding. That being said, the balance and agility skills in either sport will help you once you are back on the slopes.
  5. Slacklining
    Balance, balance, balance - slacklining can be done almost anywhere and many people have them set up in the garden between trees or fence posts. As a beginner, keep it low to the ground and accessible and hop up any time you can for a little practice. Don't be discouraged, just keep having a few seconds or minutes of practice whenever you can and your skills will quickly improve. The skills you learn here will help you feel more stable, responsive and agile on your skis.



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