Best of the Blogs

Dave Cross - Bansko

With the winter season in sight, it’s probably about time to get ourselves into the ‘skiing mind-set’. By now you’ve already booked your ski holiday: flights, accommodation – the whole shebang. Soon you’ll be constantly checking the snow reports, whilst eyeing up the latest gear that you know you can’t afford… But frankly, this tedious waiting and anticipating is not doing you any favours.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for a bit of pre-holiday excitement but rather than obsessing, why don’t you give something else a go? We’ve recently been on the lookout for new Ski Club blog contributors and have had some really insightful submissions. A round-up of our favourites below:

Fitness according to Angelica Sykes

This year, it’s all about your pre-season fitness regime. Angelica Sykes, competitive freeride athlete, has been sharing some of her useful training techniques and divulging how she is able to effectively prepare her body for the physically demanding tasks of freeride skiing and snowboarding. Yoga, mountain biking, and paddle boarding all feature in her pre-season routine.   

angelica sykes yoga

Mind control on the slopes

One of our bloggers spoke with Sports Psychologist, Phil Johnson, who worked closely with British Olympic snowboarder, Jenny Jones in Sochi. He talked us through his advice of combating fear on the slopes, tackling sports trauma and maintaining a good healthy balanced diet to improve performance on the piste: “We do encourage athletes to try hot yoga which can really help with relaxation and flexibility as well as shaping the mind of the winter athlete”

cross country skiing

Want to know how to improve your off-piste skills…without snow?

Beth guides us through a unique experience of off-piste in the Italian Dolomites and the advantages of doing a summer season in a ski resort: “I suddenly became aware of the opportunity that I had… the ultimate advantage to scope my lines!”

girls standing with view over mountains

The family-pull of the Grand Massif region

Family ski holidays are never a piece of cake to plan but they also don’t have to be a chore. Mike from Ucanski recommends that you make your life a little easier and head over to the Grand Massif region. Just 50 minutes from Geneva, offering 5 different family-friendly village resorts with a generous beginner’s area, plenty of nursery slopes, and ski schools for children.

Skiing through the pines in Les Carroz

Fancy joining the blogging ranks?

We are looking for more keen writers to contribute to our very own blog! Previous blog writing experience isn’t necessary, we are just looking for someone who gets excited about skiing or snowboarding and wants to have their voice heard – whether it be your opinion on snow-blading, resort round-ups, personal ski anecdotes, or sharing your passion for pre-season fitness. If you’re interested email Ocean – our Digital Content Editor.

Hemsedal

Photo Credit: Hemsedal

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