Ski Fitness Exercises- Your Ski Fitness Program to get into shape for the slopes

Getting into shape for your winter holiday is just as important as shaping up to look good on the beach during your summer break. Before heading off for your winter ski holiday it is imperative that you’ve undertaken a ski fitness exercise regime to ensure you are fighting fit for the slopes!

Now you don’t have to transform yourself into a slave to the gym, however, doing a few sets of squats whilst queuing to board the plane will not suffice. To help get you into fine form, without you having to spend lots of money on gym membership or lots of time pumping iron, here are a few simple ski exercises you can build into your weekly regime to give you and your body a fighting chance and nice and prepared for long days up the hill.

Your Ski Fitness Program

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Whilst they may not be everyones favorite exercise, they are the ones that get the best results. Doing sets of squats, lunges and wall sits 2-3 times a week will help build up your muscle strength and whip your thighs into shredding shape in no time. Remember no pain no gain!

The Squat

Stand with your feet slightly wider than hip distance apart, straighten your back and slightly bend your knees (so they are not locked) Slowly lower yourself down to 90 degrees in a controlled motion focusing on the muscle groups you are working (quads, gluteus and hamstrings). As you lower yourself into the squat it is very important to ensure your knee stays above your ankle and does not go over your toes. As you get to 90 degrees, hold for one count and then slowly rise up to your starting position. Start off with three sets of 8 and gradually increase the reps as your strength increases.

Handy Hint

Worried about your posture? As you lower yourself into the squat imagine you are sitting down onto a chair. This will help you keep the correct posture for your squat.

The Lunge

The Godfather of all thigh exercises, the lunge is a fantastic thigh burning exercise that separates the men from the boys!

Relax your legs (do not lock your knees) Place one leg in front with your foot flat on the floor and your other leg behind you, with your heel raised off the floor so the weight of your leg is on your back toes. Straighten your back and place your hands on your hips to help with balance. Similar to the squat exercise be sure to take your back leg far enough behind you to ensure that when you lower into the lunge your front knee is above your ankle and no further than your toes. Lower yourself into the lunge in a slow and controlled manner, hold for one second and then slowly raise yourself back to your starting position. Repeat on the other leg. Start off with three sets of 8 and gradually increase the reps as your strength increases.

Handy Tip

For a more complex lunge you can add movement by doing a walking lunge from one side of the room to the other. Follow the same principles as a static lunge, however, when you raise out of your first lunge, you then travel forward by moving your other leg to the front and going straight down into the lunge. Repeat on both legs until you reach the other side of the room.

The Wall Sit

Ensure your legs have staying power up the hill with this fantastic resistence exercise.

The aim of the game with the wall sit is to increase your resistence and strength by holding the same position for set periods of time. Stand up straight with soft knees and legs just wider than shoulder distance apart. Lower yourself down into the squat in a slow and controlled manner and hold the position for 30 seconds. Once the 30 seconds is up (or if it becomes too uncomfortable) then raise yourself slowly and controlled into your starting position. Remember to try and evenly distribute the weight throughout your feet. Repeat times to begin with and increase the repetitions as you resitence and strength heightens.

Handy Tip

If you find it uncomfortable try doing the exercises against a wall with a gym ball behind your back. This will offer more support for your back.

By introducing these exercises into your weekly routine, you and your legs will be powder ready in no time and ready to hit the slopes!

Looking for ski accommodation for your ski holiday then check out our fantastic range of catered ski accommodation and self catered ski accommodation across the Alps here at www.independentmountain.com We have ski properties to suit all requirements and budgets! For more information click here, drop us a line at info@independentmountain.com or give us a call on 0033 450 748 379.

The Ski and Snowboard Show 2011 – Dates released

The Ski and Snowboard Show 2011 is back at Earls Court from 19th – 23rd October and is promising to be bigger and better than ever before. The 2011 show is keeping hold of all our old favourites as well as injecting even more excitement with a range of new additions.

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Tickets are on sale now with special discounts for subscribers to Metro Snow. Therefore, book now and start gearing yourself up to a fantastic ski season 2011/12.

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Start planning your ski holiday and snowboard holiday with Independent Mountain and our fantastic range of catered ski accommodation and self catered ski accommodation. Pay us a visit, drop us a line info@independentmountain.com or give us a call on 0033 450 748 379.

Catch the first snow in November!- Ski Lifts Open Early in Val Thorens

Itching to get back on the slopes? Winter can’t come fast enough for you? If so, then do not fear as you can be skiing as early as November! That’s right in the resort of Val Thorens lifts will be opening on 19th November allowing all out there in need of a snow fix the chance to get some early season shredding in!

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There is a fantastic range of Val Thorens self catered accommodation and Val Thorens catered accommodation suitable for all requirements and here at Independent Mountain we’re on hand to offer you advice on ski properties best for you. Visit here or drop us at info@independentmountain.com and we will do all we can to provide you with the best ski holiday.

Winter X GAMES Europe 2012 – Dates Released

What better way to get pumped up for ski season 2012 then planning a little visit to the X Games 2012!! One of the most important dates for any snow fans diary, X Games Europe 2012 is destined to be bigger, faster and cooler than ever before!

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Dates are confirmed as 14th-16th March 2012, where over 125 of the worlds finest snowboarders and skiers will be descending onto the resort of Tignes for three rocking days filled full of adrenaline, awesome competitions and unforgettable parties.

Book your tickets and your Winter X Games Europe 2012 accommodation now and ensure you are all aboard for the event of the season.

Check out here for all sorts of  Winter X Games Europe 2012 accommodation for all sorts of budgets. Drop us a info@independentmountain.com or give us a call on 0033450 748 379 to book the best Winter X Games 2012 accommodation.

Children’s Week, Saint Martin de Belleville

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Its all about the little ones in St Martin de Belleville with the annual Children’s week taking place from 23rd – 29th July. Children will be kept entertained during the fun filled week with a variety of activities including games, handicrafts and role-play. To find out more please visit the St Martin de Belleville Tourist Office website here. Looking for family accommodation in Saint Martin de Belleville, then check out our offers here or drop us a mail.

Ski Fashion 2012

All you slope fashionistas out there looking for a bit of glam whilst swooshing down the slopes are in for a real treat during the upcoming season 2011/12. Yes, ski season 2011/12 celebrates all that is glitter and glam combining fashion forward styles with innovative technology to ensure you are slopestyle savvy on both the practical and poser fronts!

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Skiers and snowboarders will be shimmering and shining down the slopes with a full range of metallic, shiny and shimmering fabrics being used in next seasons collections. The Obermeyer collection for 2011/12 epitomises the latest trends in their Minx collection that includes the famous snow satin fabric. For those out there wanting as much of a metallic sheen as possible then the Obermeyer’s Metallic Anthracite with its brushed metallic finish and texture is fantastic at picking up the light. Obermeyer also combines their leading Cocona technology in their latest high-end jackets that combines vertical striation and natural fibres with a 10k/35k waterproof and breathable rating.

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For those wanting their ski gear to have the latest technology whilst also being environmentally friendly then Patagonia is a well known brand that combines the two. Sixty percent of the Patagonia technical line has been updated this year with their Primo Jacket being their new product made entirely from 100 percent recycled nylon from Gortex. Patagonia are an extremely green brand, encouraging their customers to send their old Patagonia products back to the company, where they repair any damaged items and donate them to environmental groups or second hand store.

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Loud colours and bold patterns and prints also look to be the style flavour of the slopes for season 2011/12 with brands such as Special Blend, Burton, Forum and Burton Analog tipping their design hats to the trend.

So the word on the streets is that the style on the slopes is going to be out there, in your face and glam – go forth and shop!

Looking for the best ski resort and ski accommodation for you to be showing off the latest styles?  Wanting the best catered ski accommodation or best self catered ski accommodation to suit all budgets?  Then pay Independent Mountain a visit or drop us a line at info@independentmountain.com with your requirements and we will send you the best options available.  Alternatively, call us on 0033 450 748 379.

Ski Trends 2012 – Apres Ski Fashion

After a hard day up the hill, when your legs are heavy and tootsies screaming to get out of your boots, theres nothing better than slipping into a nice comfy pair of warm snuggly boots.

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Bearpaw shoes have answered our après ski prayers and designed a range of boots that will not only keep us all toasty but also at the top of the style stakes.

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The fun brand who’s motto is “to live life comfortably” offers ranges for all (men, women and children, with new designs on the scene for season 11/12 with their “Buckles & Bling” line, animal print and metallic designs all keeping us on our fashionista toes.

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Check out their different ranges here http://shop.bearpawshoes.com/

Looking for the best ski resort and ski accommodation for you to be enjoying apre ski in a pair of Bear Paw Shoes?  Wanting the best catered ski accommodation or best self catered ski accommodation to suit all budgets?  Then pay Independent Mountain a visit or drop us a line at info@independentmountain.com with your requirements and we will send you the best options available.  Alternatively, call us on 0033 450 748 379.

Ski Fashion 2012 – The latest Ski Trends 2012

The slopes for season 2011/12 are sure going to be filled with some fashion forward sights if what we’ve seen so far for ski trends 2012 is on the money!

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The most eye catching and er unusual item we’ve come across so far is the “Skibeard”! Yes, you heard us correctly… the Skibeard is a fake fur neck gaitor which makes all wearers appear to be have full on beards!

First brought as a fun novelty gift, they are fast becoming known as the latest accessory to keep you nice and cosy on the slopes for season 2011/12.

Set up by Texan entrepreneur, , the beardski have gained lots of attention in the states with the likes of Ellen featuring them on her show, and are set to make the same stir when they start to hit the slopes of Europe. The Beardski come in an array of colours and furs guaranteed to match the very latest ski fashion in 2012.

Check out the Beardski website here – http://www.beardski.com/

For the best accommodation to match your beard drop us a line here at Independent Mountain or pay us a vist to find the best catered ski accommodation or self catered ski accommodation for you.

Pass’portes du Soelil MTB 2011

One of the years largest mountain bike events comes to the Porte du Soleil once again this June bringing with it thousands of keen mountain bikers and big name mountain bike brands. Held over 24th, 25th and 26th June, the event officially kick starts the summer season and the opening of the lift network.

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The festival is open to all Mountain bike lovers with their being three main circuits from which to choose from. All can be completed in a day and give riders the chance to experience the breathtaking views of the Portes du Soleil as they ride at altitudes between 1000-2250 meters- truly exhilarating.

There is a great range of available accommodation across the portes du soleil including catered accommodation and self catered accommodation. For accommodation availability and prices please see link below:

Morzine accommodation

Morzine self catered accommodation

Morzine catered accommodation

Les Gets accommodation

Les Gets self catered accommodation

Les Gets catered accommodation

Chatel accommodation

Chatel self catered accommodation

Chatel catered accommodation

IT’S SNOWING IN THE ALPS! GREAT SKI DEALS ON OFFER!

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