Utilize Entertainment MediumsThe internet, YouTube, movies, and dozens of streaming services can serve as treasure troves of snow sport inspiration. If you have access to Amazon Prime, check out the Outside TV channel where you can find dozens of rad snow sports series and films, like Jeremy Jones’ recent film Roadless. YouTube has long been the go-to place for checking out short clips from your favorite athletes in the sport — and a great resource for finding tutorials on new skills or tricks you’d like to learn.
Organize Your Gear ClosetIn the throes of the ski season, this is the probably the last thing on your mind. But you can take advantage of this down time to get your gear closet cleaned out and organized for the rest of the season — or worst case scenario, in preparation for next year. Additionally, this is a good opportunity to inspect your skis or boards, give them a good wax, and perform any necessary repairs.
Maintain Your Fitness Level
If you fear losing the fitness you’ve attained so far this season, start a daily exercise regime to help keep those ski muscles strong. A few suggestions include a few combination rounds of dumbbell lifts, bodyweight squats, skater hops, planks, and lunges. Record how many reps you start with and see if you can increase the number over time. And don’t forget to mix in some cardio to keep your endurance up — running, biking, and interval training are great options for this purpose.
Snag Deals & Shop Gear OnlineAlthough most brick and mortar ski shops are closed, you can still shop for new gear online. In addition, tons of retailers and manufacturers are offering markdowns on products at this time, making it the perfect opportunity to score those bindings you’ve been eyeing or perhaps a new ski jacket. Because of the physical closures, many brands are offering free shipping, as well. Right now, Spring Clearance deals are in full swing at UtahSkis — and you can find tons of this year’s brand name gear for up to 50% off.
Get Outside — But Stay LocalThere’s never been a better time to pick up a new outdoor hobby. If you live near uncrowded hiking trails, try getting outside and hiking every day. If there are no trails near you, take advantage of nearby municipal parks. Bring your four-legged companion along — if you have one — dogs love going on walks and maybe some of their stoke will fire you up, as well. Biking is also a good way to get outside locally while maintaining proper social distancing measures. If you’re new to biking, it’s a great time to learn, and if you’re experienced, see if you can push your limits and set goals to attain.
While we know these recommendations can’t make up for the joy found on the mountainside, perhaps the wait can teach us all to better appreciate the privilege we have. While time passes by, the mountains remain — and they’ll be there when we can return to them.