Mental fitness is just like physical fitness.
In the mountains, everything begins with the legs.
The closer you get to the season, the more sport-specific your training needs to be.
With a roster of students that ranges from freeskiing world champions to Navy SEALs, Shaul's brand of focused fitness has helped professional athletes from across the spectrum of mountain sports.
Serious professional athletes don't drink excessively, don't smoke, and don’t chew.
Practice your strengths, and practice your weaknesses even more.
A strong core helps protect vulnerable limbs.
Too many mountain athletes avoid gym training and "do their sport" for fitness.
Pro athletes need to take in a lot of calories, but eating crap will ultimately harm you.
Spring had arrived in the southern hemisphere, and I was joining 22 of the best ski guides in the world for an expedition that would include 100 clients.
There are great ski mountaineering classes offered throughout the West.
Good mountaineering schools have the newest and best equipment for rental.
Since you're trying something new—skinning or climbing with crampons and an ice axe—you'll need to be in great shape to handle exercise at high altitude.
Experience develops intuition, and intuition leads you to good, safe skiing.
Some knowledge and comfort with ice climbing will make a big difference, building a feeling and love for your tools like crampons and an ice axe.