IVGID tip: Preseason ski, snowboard conditioning

Mountain biking, just one of the many ways to prepare for skiing and snowboarding here in Incline, helps build muscular and cardiovascular endurance and offers some spectacular views in the process.
Courtesy Brad Wilson |

EDITOR’S NOTE: “Tip of the week” is a periodic feature running in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, in partnership with the Incline Village General Improvement District, providing locals with various tips pertaining to the recreation opportunities and services the district provides.

With Labor Day in the past, it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming winter season. If you’ve been reading these tips, you’ll remember that we previously told you how to properly store your skis and boards for the summer so that they’d be ready to go at the start of the season.

Now, let’s talk about the other important thing that needs to be ready for ski season — you.

There are a multitude of ways to keep in shape and get ready for skiing and riding this winter, but here are a few that are easy to do and are readily accessible right here in Incline Village.

Biking: Whether you prefer a mountain bike or a road bike, riding a bike is one the best ways to get ready for ski season. It works your legs and helps improve (or maintain) your cardiovascular fitness and translates well to the mountain.

Hiking and trail running: Hiking and trail running improve not only your cardiovascular endurance, but also your coordination. Reading the trail and avoiding sticks, roots and rocks is great training for navigating varying snow conditions.

Stand-up paddleboarding: In addition to being a great way to get out on the Lake and enjoy time on the water, stand-up paddleboarding is also great for improving core strength, which is essential to maintaining proper skiing and riding form.

The Incline Village Recreation Center also provides a number of great ways to get fit for the season, including the popular Winter Sports Conditioning Class.

The Winter Sports Conditioning Class focuses on sports specific strength, flexibility, balance, endurance, agility and coordination.

Each class includes a warm-up, group drills, stretch, 10-station circuit, sports specific tips and informational handouts. The program begins and ends with “Ski or Boarding Fit” assessments as well.

The program starts in mid-October, call the Recreation Center at 775-832-1300 for more information.

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