It’s that time of year again, the mountains are covered with snow, sunny days are endless and you’re itching to get out on your skis a few more times before the season starts to die down.

If you’re anything like me, the morning you’re about to leave you realize you’ve done nothing more than your casual once or twice a week workout routine (that is nothing to be admired) to prepare for a few days of skiing. There are tons of ways to stay energized on the slopes – here are a few to consider.

1. Kick up your cardio

One great way to prepare for a ski trip is cardio! Whether this means hopping on a stationary bike at your gym or taking the stairs instead of the elevator every little bit helps to strengthen your muscles and lungs to help prevent exhaustion.

2. Ski specific fitness

YouTube is a wonder when it comes to workouts. Finding some ski specific workouts will help work and stretch you out in all the right places. Check out this video on the top ten ski workouts for some inspiration.

3. Hit your local ski hill

If getting outside is more your thing then consider hitting up some of your local ski hills. Buying a lift ticket and getting out on your gear is a great way to condition yourself for a ski trip, it’s also a great confidence booster if you haven’t had much time to get out for the season.

Energized on the Slopes

But if you’re really looking to get the most out of your ski trip, there is more to it than just exercise. Making sure you eat healthy, stay hydrated, get to bed early and turn down that nightcap you’re considering are all important factors.

1. What to eat on the mountain

It is important to start your day with energizers, so for breakfast loading yourself up with proteins and grains is the way to go. This will keep you fueled up until you’re ready for your lunch break. And once you’re done for the day it’s always good to have a hearty meal, what you’re looking for here is a dinner that will help re-nourish your body after all it’s hard work. For more in depth information about what to eat on the slopes, check out this blog on Food Recipes and Tips for a Day on the Slopes.

2. Stay hydrated

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate – we can’t stress this enough. It’s imperative for your body to have plenty of fluids when you’re being active. The best way to make sure you’ve always got a water stash is to invest in a hydration pack or a foldable water bottle, this keeps you from having to run into the lodge every time you’re parched.

3. Get to bed early

This is an easy rule to follow. Now we’re not saying you have to be in bed by 9:00 pm. but, it’s a good idea to get at least 8 hours of much needed rest after a long day of skiing. This will ensure you wake up refreshed the next morning, and back on the mountain for first chair. If this means turning down that extra nightcap with the boys, we say DO IT!

There you have it. Wherever you’re ski travels take you, these tips will help you stay exhaustion free and get the most out of your trip. For tips on what to pack for your ski trip check out this checklist to make sure you don’t forget anything!