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4 Tips to Avoid "Noodle Legs" while Helicopter Skiing

Posted by Jane Carswell on Dec 7, 2009 2:58:00 PM

By Delia Roberts, Excersise Physiologist

Every Day Can Be a Great Day of Heli-Skiing!

The deep powder skiing is fantastic,your group is great,and you are having a wonderful time. But by Tuesday afternoon, your legs feel more like wet noodles than steel springs. What can you do to enhance your recovery so that you don’t have to miss a day of skiing?

Heli-Skiing in BC1. Get ready before you go. Putting in some time building leg power, endurance, and back stability will make a huge difference in your ability to ski well all week. See my article from November for some suggestions on training.

2. Provide your body with the right fuel at the right time. When skiing, your legs use mostly carbohydrate to perform, and the amount stored by your body is very limited. To continue performing at your top level, you need to replenish these stores immediately after skiing. Your CMH chefs will provide you with wonderful sweets and savories that will tempt your taste buds and restore your muscles with the right balance of sugars, protein and fat.

3. Stay hydrated. Our bodies consist mostly of water, and even minor dehydration can result in a loss of performance and concentration. While skiing, water loss by sweating can be significant, so be sure to drink water at least every other lift.

4. Get a massage – relaxing AND therapeutic. After a day of heli-skiing, your muscles may be sore, indicating that small amounts of damage have occurred. A massage will increase blood flow to your tired muscles, washing out the wastes and delivering the nutrients and building-blocks for repair.

Following these suggestions will help you heliski strongly for your entire trip. For more information on recovery techniques contact Dr. Delia Roberts at

Do you have some great recovery tips that help you get the most out of your heliski vacation?  Share them here with your fellow skiers.

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