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Improve Your Skiing While at Home

The team from Maison Sport have come up with a timely set of ideas for improving your skiing, even when you can’t get onto the slopes.

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Let’s face it, whatever you do in your home, garden – or car parking area if you are Italian ski racer Christof Innerhofer (that’s him in our main photo) – is hardly going to beat skiing or snowboarding on the vast, open slopes.

But there are ways to get your fix of the mountains while in lockdown and prepare your body for next season.

The team from Maison Sport, the company which allows you to book your independent ski and snowboard instructor online, has come up with 10 tips to improve your skiing while under lockdown.

Home ski-specific fitness

Check out our ski fitness tips blog post here to find some great legs and core exercises you can do at home (no equipment needed!)

Maison Sport independent ski instructro Alessandra

Maybe don’t try this at home…. photo Alessandra, independent ski instructor (Maison Sport)

Favourite ski books

Time spent at home offers a great opportunity to sit with a cup of tea and a good book. Our favourite reads are:

​​‘Higher Love: Skiing the Seven Summits’ by Kit DesLauiers

‘White Planet: A Mad Dash through Modern Global Ski Culture’ by Leslie Anthony

‘Freedom Found: My Life Story’ by Warren Miller

‘The God of skiing’ by Peter Kray

‘Jacobs Adventures’ by Nick Robinson (great for kids!)

Watch ‘how to’ Youtube videos

Youtube is a great way to watch ‘how-to’ videos on skiing and snowboarding. Simply type in a specific skill or question you might have, and see hundreds of videos – ‘Stomp It tutorials’ is one of our favourites!

Watch Ski Sunday episodes

Already missing the slopes? Why not re-watch some of the highlights of the past season with some Ski Sunday episodes, available on BBC iplayer here.

Recreate Graham Bell’s skiing at home video

Not for the faint-hearted (or anyone who is worried about breaking a bone!). Graham Bell recently shared a video of one of his toughest downhills to date – a run from his attic to his kitchen. Have a watch (and a giggle) here.

Graham Bell

Graham Bell, in his attic

Ski machine

You’ve probably seen on social media the many different ways people are trying to recreate the sensation of skiing in their living rooms (see our point above).  However, there is another option – buying a ski machine! Skier’s Edge is a lateral cross-trainer that mimics the feeling of turning on skis. From recreational athletes to professionals, anyone can dramatically increase their performance on and off the slopes.

Wear your ski boots to keep them comfy

It might look a bit silly to be sat at home in front of the telly in your ski boots, however, this is a great way to keep them soft and nimble. We recommend wearing them at least once a month, to ensure come winter you have comfy boots to put on.

Learn how to sharpen your skis

Learn how to maintain your ski’s edge with online tutorials. Skimag offers a great step by step process here.

Order new ski gear

As it is the end of the season, many ski gear outlets are offering a spring sale. Which makes it the best time of year to purchase new ski and snowboarding gear!

Plan your next holiday (even if you don’t book your lessons yet)

The earlier you start planning your next ski or snowboarding holiday the better! Whether this is your first ski holiday or your 10th, making sure you get your ski or snowboard lessons booked in time can make or break your trip. Check out our blog post here to find out our top tips on when to book ski lessons.

Skiing - photo Maison Sport

Book your next holiday – photo Maison Sport

And if you want some more tips from Maison Sport that we’ve featured on PlanetSKI this past season….

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