By Claire Challen
The U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain, Colorado was teeming with athletes this past November. From the World Cup to the littlest U-10 groms, racers were raring to get on with their early season training. I spent some time reintroducing my legs to skiing at this race-training Mecca, among the swarms of athletes.
At the base of the mountain surrounded by every conceivable level of skier going through their own versions of a pre-ski warm-up, it’s obvious that wakening one’s body before tackling the race course, double blacks, or even the bunny slope is integral to any kind of ski day. Now I know you’ve got your eye on that perfectly groomed corduroy or untouched powder underneath the lift, however I’d rather you didn’t slide into that lift line just yet. Take 5-10 minutes. Boots on, skis off. If it’s good enough for the best skiers in the world, why not make it a part of your routine?
1. RUN 1 MINUTE
With quick steps, dig in your toes, pump your arms rapidly and travel up a moderate slope.
2. RICOCHETS 30 seconds
Perform quick hops off both feet pressing through the balls of the feet.
3. SQUATS 10 REPS
Squat down to touch boots, stand up and clap hands overhead.
4. LEG SWINGS FRONT-BACK & SIDE-SIDE 10 SWINGS EACH DIRECTION, EACH LEG.
Keeping upper body still, swing leg in front and behind. Move into side swings with the same leg. Switch legs.