Winter is almost here, and that means it’s almost time for ski season! Now is the perfect time to prepare for skiing and snowboarding before the slopes open. Here are some tips to help you get ready and make the most of the 2021-22 season.
Prepare in advance
Building up your strength and endurance before you hit the slopes can help you reduce your risk for injury and keep you going throughout the winter months. Check out these resources while you wait for the mountain resorts to open:
Medical Services has a team of certified physical therapists that specialize in college health. They can help treat overuse syndromes, posture issues, trauma and athletic injuries to help you make the most of ski season.
Work with a certified personal trainer to develop a sport-specific training regimen. Training options include personal training, partner training with a friend and adaptive training.
The Wellness Suite at the Rec Center offers a variety of wellness services that can help you prepare for a successful ski season, including massage, physical therapy and more.
If you’re new to the slopes or missed out last season, you may be wondering how to prepare for changing winter weather in the mountains. Here are some essentials you may want to consider bringing with you:
Get back to basics
Learning to ski or snowboard is no easy feat. If you’re new to the sport or are getting back into it for the first time in a while, start with easier runs to help you learn and master basic skills and get used to your equipment. Check in with yourself to track whether or not you’ve mastered skills like making turns, stopping without your poles (for skiers), getting on and off the lift comfortably by yourself and slowing down.
Once you’ve mastered these skills, you are ready to explore other areas on the mountain. You may need to be willing to get out of your comfort zone, but be sure to keep moderation in mind. If you ride a black diamond run before you’re ready, you may put yourself and others in danger. Know your own limits on the slopes, stay in bounds and practice controlled movements.
Find your crew
Looking for someone to hit the slopes with? CU Boulder has a variety of clubs and organizations that students can join to get more involved on the mountain.
This non-profit student organization plans and coordinates trips to a variety of ski resorts throughout the semester.
Great for: Skiers and riders of all levels.
Get connected: Learn more about Boulder Freeride
This student organization strives to create community and support for women in the outdoors. They provide day trips, clinics, virtual hangouts and more.
Great for: Skiers and riders of all levels who identify as women.
Get connected: Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Club Sport Teams: Snowboarding & Freeskiing
If you’re looking to train and compete against other skiers or riders, you may want to consider joining one of the sport club teams available at the Rec Center.
Great for: Skiers and riders looking to compete against other students and colleges.
Get connected: Learn more about Sport Clubs
Have a safe trip
Driving in traffic to and from the slopes can be tiring (we’re looking at you I-70). Avoid the traffic by taking public transportation to and from the mountains with one of these programs: