Every winter I look forward to our annual ski trip. For a few days I trade in my usual exercise routine and enjoy crisp winter weather in the mountains. Skiing is wonderful cardiovascular exercise. It requires cardiovascular endurance, core and leg strength as well as balance. It is not uncommon for a recreational skier to pass on pre season training, but that does not mean you should forgo the preparation for your mountain trip.
There are three types of cardiovascular fitness to train for when preparing for ski season. The first is being basic aerobic shape. This can be achieved by steady state cardio exercises, like running, cycling, walking or swimming. The second type of cardiovascular fitness to train is our high lactate threshold. We achieve this with cardio intervals. The last layer of cardio to master is your lactate power. These are the explosive cardiovascular exercises like plyometric training. A great way to achieve lactate power is through Tabata style exercise.