The difference between a good ski trip and a great one is how much you prepare your body for the slopes. On day two, will you still be shredding? Or will you be soaking sore legs in the hot tub? "You'll need to train to prevent getting injured and to be better prepared, so you can enjoy yourself more, ski longer, and get more return for your money," says Eirik Hole, US Ski Team Women's Strength and Conditioning Coach.
Skiing and snowboarding put unique demands on your muscles and joints — and then there's the altitude. "It's hard to directly translate the forces of skiing into a gym, but you can get close," says Hole. We asked ski coaches like Hole, sports docs, and nutrition experts for a three-week plan to kick your body into snow mode. Mark your calendar and get ready to make the most of powder days.