Off-Snow Training: Trampolines

By Chris / On / In Chris' Blog, Uncategorized

Originally posted on SteamboatGuides.com

One of our most commonly asked questions is “How do I prepare for a snowboard or ski vacation?” While there is no easy answer, there are a number of ways you can prepare your body and mind for a trip to the mountains. Off-snow training regiments can benefit riders in many ways, including conditioning, balance, and freestyle advancement. Snowboarding uses a diverse set of muscles; creating a work-out plan to keep them all in shape is no easy feat, considering that many of our guests ride no more than 20 days per year. I encourage my clients to train core snowboard muscles throughout the year, reducing the dreaded “day 3 burnout” and making their on-snow experience more enjoyable. There are many ways to keep your body in “snowboard shape” and your mind prepared for the next jump, the important thing is that you find one that works for you.

This is the first in a series about off-snow training. We’ll look at trampolines, fitness training, favorite exercises, and other sports with skills that transfer easily to snowboarding. Read more “Off-Snow Training: Trampolines”

Epic Pow Week 12/17-23

By Chris / On / In Chris' Blog, Uncategorized

Originally posted on SteamboatGuides.com

Steamboat is known for its ultra dry champagne powder, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only snow we receive. The six day storm from December 17th to 23rd was a Pineapple Express, a storm named for the high level of moisture it brings up from tropical areas like Hawaii. The storm went a bit south and buried resorts in southern Colorado, but Steamboat still made out with plenty of snow.
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Getting ready for winter

By Chris / On / In Chris' Blog, Uncategorized

Originally posted on SteamboatGuides.com

By the time I’m done coaching summer camp in mid-June, I’m usually ready for a few months without snow. I switch into summer mode, lakes, boats, wakeboards, bikes, and work, of course. But then that first crisp note of snow in the fall air triggers it, and suddenly, the snow can’t come soon enough.

The smell of snow came early this year, but the snow itself is only just starting to show up. I spent the time rebuilding my childhood winter playground.

For those that don’t know, my wife and I spend our summers in Fairbanks, Alaska. I grew up in Fairbanks, learned to ski about the same time I learned to walk, and started snowboarding at age 10. People think of Alaska as a skiing and snowboarding Mecca, and while areas of Alaska are incredible, Fairbanks is cold, and doesn’t get much snow. Read more “Getting ready for winter”