Ski Health Advice
Whether you’re a snow sports pro or it’s your first time on the slopes, discover our expert advice to get the most out of your ski trip for your mind, body and soul.
Exercise to build strength
Snow sports are great fun, which is why people return to the slopes each year, but they're also hard work. Whether you're skiing or snowboarding, your thighs, hips and core will be challenged, so it’s a good idea to start working out to build up strength before your trip. Building strength can also help to prevent injury, so we recommend starting training around six weeks before your trip.
Eating well on the slopes
As well as building up your physical strength with exercise, it’s a good idea to eat well before and during your trip. Pushing your limits in unusually cold temperatures requires high-performance foods to replenish calories and other vital nutrients.
Skin care on the mountain
When you're preparing for a ski trip, you're probably more concerned about the possibility of injury from a fall, but on the slopes your skin is also vulnerable to the elements. Windburn, frostbite, sunburn and, even the dehydrating effects of central heating in your chalet can all irritate skin.
Mind and body training
Achieving sporting excellence takes more than just practical training. If you're taking to the slopes use these mind and body training tips to get the most out of your performance:
Preventing and treating injuries
By making mindful, sensible decisions you can reduce your chance of injury. If you’ve sustained what you think is a soft tissue injury (i.e. not a broken bone) it’s advisable to rest, ice, compress and elevate (RICE) the injured limb. If you suspect a break or a head injury, seek urgent medical assistance.
Ski trip health essentials
You’ve booked the trip and sorted the equipment, but what should you pack for your health? There’s nothing worse than getting to the mountains to discover you’ve forgot your sun screen or plasters for those painful blisters, so here’s our ski-health checklist for everything you’ll need: