Snow sports are more physically demanding than many people realize. A vast majority of skiers and snowboarders do not participate in any specific pre-season training for snow sports and merely rock up at their chosen resort, slap on their skis/board and off they go!
Whether you're trying to get the most out of your holiday on hill skiing or getting ready for a race following the advice below will help you optimize your time on hill, improve ski performance and decrease the potential for injury.
Some form of general warm-up should be done before making a single turn. Start with your walk from the car or home to the lifts. If you have access to an exercise room, get on the exercise bike, stair-climber or rowing machine for a few minutes. If that is not an option, do some uphill walks, jumps or hike. Slowly but methodically warming the body's tissues helps prevent injuries that may be caused by going too hard, too fast, too soon with cold, un-lubricated muscles and joints.
Simple exercises you can right before you hit the slopes include:
The Standing Leg Swing