The Heli-Ski Blog

Fit to Heliski

Posted by Jane Carswell on Feb 15, 2010 3:26:00 PM

Heli-skiing: Deep snow, steep lines, big vertical. No question that having ample strength and stamina to ski or board hard all day long, will help you get the most from your experience. Even if you are a novice heli-skier and are attending a Powder Intro week, the less you have to worry about getting tired, the more you will enjoy your amazing holiday.
CMH Steep Weeks,
Heli-terrain and conditions are much more demanding than other types of skiing, and most CMH clientele don’t have a lot of time to spend at the gym. So to help you get ready for your heliski trip, we asked Dr. Delia Roberts to use her Olympic and Heliskiing expertise to put together a series of articles that will quickly develop the fitness you need to maximize your heli-skiing and boarding trip*.

Dr. Roberts says that "most of the force generated when making a turn comes from the large muscles of your hip and leg. They work to initiate the turn and then to lower your body against the pull of gravity. This type of contraction where the muscle lengthens under load is called eccentric. During eccentric contractions the force exerted on each muscle fibre is greater than normal, which can cause microscopic tears in the structure of the muscle, and this is the culprit when it comes to being sore after a day of skiing."

Dr. Roberts has compiled some Fit Tips to get your body ready for heli-skiing. Being fit and strong reduces your chance of injury as well as general muscle soreness making for a much more enjoyable week of heli-skiing.

Bookmark this blog and be sure to visit later this week for Dr. Roberts' program outline where we will show you how to quickly train your muscles to avoid this soreness!

*It is highly recommended that you check with your physician before beginning this or any other exercise program to ensure that you are not at risk for cardiovascular disease or have any other health concerns. The author, CMH, and FitSafe Solutions Inc. are not responsible for any illness or injury that may result from this program, if you chose to follow it you do so entirely at your own risk. If you feel faint or experience pain while doing these exercises seek medical attention immediately.