Yes You Can: Become a Better Skier in Just 5 Days

Can’t skin up a mountain or drop off a massive cornice like a Warren Miller star? Five days of carefully planned resort skiing can get you closer to shredding expert terrain. Here’s how.

Feb 4, 2013
Outside Magazine

Spring ski touring on Hardangervidda, Norway.    Photo: Wikimedia Commons

It’s the ultimate fantasy. Living in a picturesque ski town, trading beer for a tune-up, and counting 120 days a year on the slopes. But while many skiers dream about bumming it and logging massive vertical in a single season, it’s not always possible, particularly if home is miles away from snowy peaks. Fortunately, experts say five days are all it takes to enhance technique and feel confident tackling more difficult terrain.

“With four or five days of a ski vacation, you can do a lot to turn things around and improve your skiing,” says Reid Phillips, master’s coach at the Vail Ski and Snowboard Club. It just takes planning, dedication, and a little expert help. So bust out a note pad, get amped, and read on for nutrition, training, and vacation tips from the pros, including Phillips and three-time World Cup champ and Olympian Rob Boyd. (Who really does ski 120 days a year. Don’t hate.)

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