PSIA-AASI Offers Tips for Ski Fitness

By AlpineZone News |
Nov 21 2014 - 09:38 PM

Lakewood, CO (Nov. 6, 2014) – Winter hibernators can use the following tips to help get off the couch and get on the slopes this winter, according to the Professional Ski Instructors of America and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI).

More fun than any ugly sweater holiday party and typically better than any video game, television show, or movie; skiing and snowboarding is a sport that’s healthy and interactive, according to Mark Dorsey, PSIA-AASI executive director and CEO. He mentions that PSIA-AASI’s professional instructors ensure that everyone – from beginners to intermediates to experts – can have a better time on snow, quickly and safely.

“PSIA-AASI’s thousands of talented, friendly ski and snowboard instructors are committed to making it as easy and enjoyable as possible for everyone to participate in snowsports this season,” said Dorsey. “Helping someone to achieve their goals is what they do best.”

PSIA-AASI members work at ski and snowboard schools within resorts across the country, where a welcoming attitude, teaching techniques, and time-proven learning progressions help thousands of people each season become more capable and confident sliding on snow.

Dorsey said that instructors recommend that some physical preparation before a lesson helps add to a student’s success. Here are a few fun ways PSIA-AASI members suggest getting in shape now to hit the slopes soon.


  • Increase leg strength by walking at a medium pace for 30 minutes, three times a week.
  • Improve balance by incorporating yoga into a workout to stretch and strengthen muscles.
  • Try lateral jumps, roller blading, and standing on a balance board to help develop the proper muscle memory for snowsports.


  • Run, since it’s a great way to stay in shape for all sports, building up cardiovascular fitness for hitting the slopes.
  • Try skateboarding, since it’s similar to snowboarding, and prepares the body for the same movements used on the snow.
  • Bike to strengthen legs and it reinforces the kind of independent leg action used when skiing alpine, cross-country, or telemark.


  • Make a promise to complete a workout cycle for at least three weeks without excuses in order to get mentally and physically focused.
  • Get aerobically winded every day for at least 10-15 minutes by running stairs in an office or briskly walking a dog up a hill to build an aerobic base.
  • Eat foods high in nutrients, such as blueberries, spinach, fish, almonds, peppers, and egg whites to get maximum energy for hitting the powder and skiing the bumps.

Ready to have the best winter? Here’s what to do right now:

  • Determine where to ski or snowboard.
  • Contact the ski or snowboard school (on each ski area’s website, look for “lessons” or “ski school” on the top menu).
  • Let the school know what level of skier or rider you are, and what you want to learn.
  • Now get ready for lots of fun, new friends, and a fantastic time on snow.

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PSIA-AASI is a nonprofit education association with a membership of more than 31,400 men and women dedicated to promoting snowsports through instruction. The association establishes certification standards for ski and snowboard instructors and develops education materials to be used as the core components of most ski and snowboard school training. PSIA-AASI supports its membership through research and development of instructional programs in alpine and nordic skiing, snowboarding, adaptive skiing and riding, and children’s skiing and riding. Learn more at or via PSIA-AASI’s Facebook and Twitter pages