Wondering what training your team can undertake in the UK to prepare themselves for the ISSC? We’ve spoken to Phil Brown, our Chief of Race and owner of Impulse Racing, an alpine training organisation based in the UK, for his advice.
Of course, one way to prepare for ISSC is to keep ski fit. While aerobic training such as cycling or jogging can help, skiing is a largely anaerobic sport where we exercise in short bursts which can be heavy on muscle use.
Things like sprints (bike or running) and HIIT are really good training for skiing so I’d recommend these types of training throughout the year to keep fit for skiing.
On-Ski Training in the UK
There is nothing like actually practising skiing to keep ‘match fit’ and there are multiple opportunities for this in the UK either at one of the many outdoor, dry slope facilities or in one of the 6 indoor snow facilities.
And don’t forget the several indoor, rolling carpet facilities which, whilst they feel odd to begin with, give the longest ski run to practise on.
To get the most out of training on your skis in the summer, rather than just free ski on the UK facilities, I would recommend getting some training or coaching.
Not only will this help improve your skiing, it will make your trip to the slope much more interesting and give you focus.
You can pop along to your local facilities and just book a session or a coached session, join a club or just take some time to practice.
Impulse Racing run some coached sessions at facilities in the UK and private training at both Hemel Hempstead and Manchester indoor centres.
On-Ski Training Further Afield
There are some great facilities not too far across the channel with 300+ metres of indoor snow.
SnowWorld Landgraaf in the Netherlands is one such facility that we at Impulse Racing have been using for 15 years. With 3 slopes, all 30m wide and half a kilometre long, it’s really worth the trip!
There is also the choice to head to one of the European glaciers – these are dotted about the alpine countries with varying dates for opening and closing. And, of course, our friends at Halsbury Ski can make all the arrangements for you.