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Old 01-14-2020, 06:01 PM   #1
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Default snow skiing newbie...school me

have a buddy coming stateside and were going to meet in colorado 1st of march. hes a skier, ive never been.

what do yall do to get in shape for ski season. i was told squats and core and not worry as ill be on easy stuff. have 10 weeks to get in shape for it. i dont want to be so sore after the first day that i cant enjoy the rest.

any tips? im not the most graceful guy around but hes told me it really isnt that hard.
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Old 01-14-2020, 06:11 PM   #2
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Your not having fun unless your crashing.
Stay on the green slopes for at least a day and learn as you go.
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Old 01-14-2020, 06:13 PM   #3
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Take a lesson first even if you are a barefoot water skier, take a lesson. It isnt that hard, to get hurt. Dont try and keep up with guys that go every year. You will be shredding soon enough with the kiddos
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Old 01-14-2020, 06:15 PM   #4
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Take lessons the first day.
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Old 01-14-2020, 06:29 PM   #5
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Iím always real sore after the first day! Then is smooth sailing after that.

If youíve never been snow skiing, take a lesson the first day. That will help you figure things out a bunch!!!!

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Old 01-14-2020, 06:31 PM   #6
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Don't call it snow skiing. It's just skiing.

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Old 01-14-2020, 06:34 PM   #7
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Sounds like you have your answer. It’s a blast to ski and your body will warm up so the soreness will go away pretty quickly.
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Old 01-14-2020, 06:35 PM   #8
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Definitely wouldn't hurt to get lessons on the first day, my first time was this year and they helped tremendously. Also jogging or walking every evening could help.
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Old 01-14-2020, 06:40 PM   #9
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After skiing 1st day take some Aleve then some next morning. Then follow up with some hard liquor like Extra Sharp Ginger Brandy and a couple of Bloody Mary's with extra tobasco. You forget about soreness/pain and just go have fun.
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Old 01-14-2020, 06:43 PM   #10
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It’s pretty easy. My routine is first day wife and kids and I hit the green slope. After first run I put kids and wife on magic carpet and I head to the bar. Rinse and repeat day 2 and 3. Lol.
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well around here if we say skiing were behind a boat lol
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Old 01-14-2020, 06:49 PM   #12
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thanks. guess just go ahead n plan on being sore. glad to hear i wont be the only one.
I have no snow clothes, i have some water resistant cold weather hunting gear. will this work or should i start shopping resale shops? dont want to drop a bunch of cash on something i may never use again if i dont care for it
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Old 01-14-2020, 06:53 PM   #13
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Instead of regular squats with weight on the bar I would recommend body weight jumping squats and jumping lunges. You use your muscles differently slowing down your descent than you do pushing weight up, which is what skiing is.

Skiing isnít that hard once you get the hang of it. Just get your buddy to give you a quick lesson on a few greens and you should be handling blues by the end of the trip. Weight goes on the foot opposite the way you want to turn. If you want to turn left, your weight will be on your right foot; and vice versa.
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Old 01-14-2020, 06:55 PM   #14
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well around here if we say skiing were behind a boat lol
Tons of people from Texas ski and snowboard.

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Old 01-14-2020, 07:12 PM   #15
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thanks. guess just go ahead n plan on being sore. glad to hear i wont be the only one.
I have no snow clothes, i have some water resistant cold weather hunting gear. will this work or should i start shopping resale shops? dont want to drop a bunch of cash on something i may never use again if i dont care for it

Shot you a PM.

One of my favorite skiing memories was from Heavenly. I was young and broke so I was skiing in my hunting clothes. Head to toe camo. At the top of the mountain, I was stopped by a group of young women and they asked me to snap a picture of them. After the picture, one of them asked why I was wearing camouflage. My response was "I'm hunting snow bunnies!" They all giggled and said "you found some".
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If your real sore, your doing it wrong. Plenty of 70yr old folks skiing with proper form. I usually get the burn when hitting extended bumps. It's all form issues, but at a certain point I'm getting through it the best I can. One tip I heard years ago, imagine a $100 bill hanging out of the front top of your boot and don't let off or you'll lose it. It will take a little more instruction then a few pointers from your friend in my opinion. I'd figure on several days of group instruction. Once you get the basics I'd spend a little for private lesson.
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thanks. guess just go ahead n plan on being sore. glad to hear i wont be the only one.
I have no snow clothes, i have some water resistant cold weather hunting gear. will this work or should i start shopping resale shops? dont want to drop a bunch of cash on something i may never use again if i dont care for it
that may depend on weather. I don't ski very much, but there have been days that got pretty cold even with decent ski gear, especially on the ride up the lift. have been other days where I wished I had worn worn (waterproof) hunting clothes not to get so hot. if water resistant means it will end up getting wet, then I would personally look for something else just to be prepared
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Old 01-14-2020, 08:02 PM   #18
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hip flexors is what will get you. (outside hip down to upper thigh.) google calisthenics to work this muscle.

If you do some hard core runs you thighs will burn. Do squats and wall squats to prepare.
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If your real sore, your doing it wrong. Plenty of 70yr old folks skiing with proper form. I usually get the burn when hitting extended bumps. It's all form issues, but at a certain point I'm getting through it the best I can. One tip I heard years ago, imagine a $100 bill hanging out of the front top of your boot and don't let off or you'll lose it. It will take a little more instruction then a few pointers from your friend in my opinion. I'd figure on several days of group instruction. Once you get the basics I'd spend a little for private lesson.
This is just goofy.

You are going to be sore if you don't ski often. Even the best will be after the first runs of the year. What makes you sore mostly is falling and getting back up. You can tootle around on bunny hills all day, never fall and not be sore but who wants to do that? If you go off in 4 ft of powder in the glades and get crazy you are going to be sore.vif you rip up extreme terrain and wipe out a few times you will be sore.

I've been snowboarding extreme terrain for 30 years. I kinda know my ****. Lol.

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Old 01-14-2020, 08:04 PM   #20
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Some quick lessons probably wouldn't hurt.
First time I went in my 20's, I was very athletic so went straight to the top on some borrowed equipment, wiped out doing about 200 mph it seemed. Air flight, broke leg in 8 places, lost 1/2" in my left leg and spent a year rehabbing, but don't worry, you'll be fine. lol
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One of my favorite skiing memories was from Heavenly. I was young and broke so I was skiing in my hunting clothes. Head to toe camo. At the top of the mountain, I was stopped by a group of young women and they asked me to snap a picture of them. After the picture, one of them asked why I was wearing camouflage. My response was "I'm hunting snow bunnies!" They all giggled and said "you found some".
Camo at Heavenly.







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Old 01-14-2020, 08:26 PM   #22
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This is just goofy.

You are going to be sore if you don't ski often. Even the best will be after the first runs of the year. What makes you sore mostly is falling and getting back up. You can tootle around on bunny hills all day, never fall and not be sore but who wants to do that? If you go off in 4 ft of powder in the glades and get crazy you are going to be sore.vif you rip up extreme terrain and wipe out a few times you will be sore.

I've been snowboarding extreme terrain for 30 years. I kinda know my ****. Lol.

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I don't doubt yours or anyone else's skill level. I too have been skiing over 30yrs. in all terrain. As I get older, form is more important and will stand by my statement that being sore for a beginner is from "back seat riding" while skiing. One of the first things instructors try to change when they hear a student is sore.
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Old 01-14-2020, 08:29 PM   #23
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The times I've been we were out there in t-shirts, keep in mind you're active and 25 degrees up there feels like 55 degrees here. I like to plan fishing days in between skiing to give my old body a break to recover.
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Old 01-14-2020, 08:39 PM   #24
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Get on Academy.com they have stuff on clearance right now. When you get there, rent skis and buy lift ticket. Go to the top of the mountain. By the time you get to the bottom you will know how to ski. Saved you $300.....you're welcome! We are headed to Breck February 15.
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Yep, with rented boots and skis. That trip, it was camo or nothing because I didn't have any other options and couldn't make myself spend upwards of $300 at the time.
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Yep, with rented boots and skis. That trip, it was camo or nothing because I didn't have any other options and couldn't make myself spend upwards of $300 at the time.
Heavenly is about as uppity as it gets. That was all I was saying. New Mexico you will see plenty of camo.

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Heavenly is about as uppity as it gets. That was all I was saying. New Mexico you will see plenty of camo.

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And that's a fact!!! That view of the lake though.
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And that's a fact!!! That view of the lake though.
Greatness. I prefer Kirkwood. Sierra is chill. Squaw is hardcore above treeline style. I love Tahoe. South Lake Tahoe is awesome.

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Old 01-14-2020, 10:06 PM   #29
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Old 01-14-2020, 10:46 PM   #30
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I am a pretty active fat guy and I ski once a year with no real preparation and no real soreness. I start on greens for a few hours and easy to medium blues the rest and rarely have issues...

Take a lesson for sure! I did my first time years ago and the most important thing they teach you is how to stop! If u can stop you can pretty much ski most blues safely.


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Old 01-14-2020, 10:48 PM   #31
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Greatness. I prefer Kirkwood. Sierra is chill. Squaw is hardcore above treeline style. I love Tahoe. South Lake Tahoe is awesome.

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Yea, definitely no shortage of slopes in the area. Plus you can step over to Stateline to hit the casinos or grab a show.
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Old 01-14-2020, 11:02 PM   #33
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Check this service out, saw it on local Denver station this week : https://slopethreads.com/

Might save some of you a bit of cash on ski clothes.
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Old 01-14-2020, 11:28 PM   #34
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Get on Academy.com they have stuff on clearance right now. When you get there, rent skis and buy lift ticket. Go to the top of the mountain. By the time you get to the bottom you will know how to ski. Saved you $300.....you're welcome! We are headed to Breck February 15.


If breck is a **** show like it was last year, check out A basin. More relaxed vibe and less people
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Old 01-15-2020, 12:13 AM   #35
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You don't need any special clothes. Blue jeans and longjohns. Warm socks, long sleeve undershirt, medium jacket and stocking cap. Scotch guard your pants if you want.
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Well from watching James Bond movies years ago, I would say avoid trees and guys on skis with machine guns. Never looked like my thing, if I ever went some place where there were large mountains, I would only be thinking of hunting, not sliding down the mountains on flat pieces of wood.
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You can buy a ski bib in most department stores in that part of the county for $30 or so. Add a set of long johns, jacket, gloves, goggles and hat and you are good. I do not get very sore, but I do run and have skied for a long time.
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Yea, definitely no shortage of slopes in the area. Plus you can step over to Stateline to hit the casinos or grab a show.
I lived in Tahoe a couple of years ago, was the HR Director for Kirkwood...kind of a cool gig. Itís not the town or the locals that are ďuppityĒ, itís all the san fran crowd that comes in like they own the place.

Lessons for sure.

I have all the gear you need if you want to borrow anything. Please donít do camo or columbia...donít be a gayper...Texas already has a bad rap out there...ha.

Donít overthink it, sure, youíre gunna be sore...but you may discover a super fun way to spend some time on the hill!!

Hope you have a blast...PM me if youíre needing gear.
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Take a ski lesson first day in morning, will help tremendously. Take some advil and icy hot with you.
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This is just goofy.

You are going to be sore if you don't ski often. Even the best will be after the first runs of the year. What makes you sore mostly is falling and getting back up. You can tootle around on bunny hills all day, never fall and not be sore but who wants to do that? If you go off in 4 ft of powder in the glades and get crazy you are going to be sore.vif you rip up extreme terrain and wipe out a few times you will be sore.

I've been snowboarding extreme terrain for 30 years. I kinda know my ****. Lol.

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Post up some of these "Extreme Swowboarding" videos.I saw one you posted a few years ago here..I wanna see some extreme cred!

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Post up some of these "Extreme Swowboarding" videos.I saw one you posted a few years ago here..I wanna see some extreme cred!

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Lol. Show us what you got.

Extreme probably isn't the right term. Since Kirkwood has been mentioned I managed to ride the Wall a few years ago for the 10th time. Whales Tail at Breck. Took the snowcat to the top of Keystone (above lift served terrain). That's all within the last 5-6 years. I'm 51 now. Blacks and double blacks are good enough. The doubles would be extreme for the average Joe from Texas.

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The Wall at Kirkwood is where it is at. Best skiing in Tahoe. Started snow skiing in 1984
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well around here if we say skiing were behind a boat lol
Wouldn't that be "water skiing"?
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French fries to go. Pizza to stop. Good to go. It’ll be alright...for the most part!
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First tip: ditch the skiís and get a board

Second: lunges and jump squats will help more so than lifting. Get your cardio up.

Third: stretch and work on getting flexible

Fourth: drink a beer or two, or three. Something about beer and the slopes they just go together
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First tip: ditch the skiís and get a board



Second: lunges and jump squats will help more so than lifting. Get your cardio up.



Third: stretch and work on getting flexible



Fourth: drink a beer or two, or three. Something about beer and the slopes they just go together
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Old 01-17-2020, 05:45 AM   #47
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Our last trip we rented gear. Didn’t have to fly with it
Ordered it and picked it up on the way. All new looking stuff

I would workout in the gym and also get some aerobic work in.
Nice reason to improve your health.
Pushing across flat ground wears you out unless you ski a lot.

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Old 01-17-2020, 08:02 AM   #48
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I guess I was the exception. I went to ski school and got nothing out of it. Learned the hard way until I figured a few things out. I wish someone would have told me to just do jump cuts like in football and I would have learned a lot quicker. Being 6'4"; 240 lbs the slope has to be pretty flat for "the pizza" to stop me. Once I learned to turn I was up on the blues pretty quick. Not going to say I'm smooth, but I'm effective.
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Old 01-17-2020, 09:52 AM   #49
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I went for the first time in December. Definitely NOT a poor mans sport. Lift tickets, lessons, and ski rental blows. I didn't have too hard of a time, except for the stopping part!

I have some XL bibs you can borrow if you don't want to spend the money. I bought them at Academy and they worked great. You just want something to keep yourself from getting wet.
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Old 01-17-2020, 10:13 AM   #50
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Clothing obviously depends on the weather. If it's 35 and sunny you won't need much more than a base layer, bibs or pants and a light jacket or hoodie. If it's 5 degrees, windy and snowing, well that won't work. Base layer is key.

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