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Ski fitness training – getting you ski ready!

Arriving on the slopes fit and healthy is the best way to ensure that you make the most out of you skiing trip.

And as the Summer whizzes past us, now is the time to start thinking about your ski fitness for next Winter whether heli skiing or off piste next winter. So here at Pure Powder we have (exhaustingly) researched the latest fitness trends and come up with the best programmes to get you going on your ski fitness in Summer 2013:

1. Skier’s Edge

Skier's edge

Recognised as the #1 technical ski conditioner in the world, the Skier’s Edge will get you ski ready in no time. Used by World Cup racers and Olympians, Graham Bell has been waxing lyrical about these machines for years which combine a great cardiovascular workout by simulating the movement of skiing.  It also helps improve your balance on your skis so don’t be surprised if your carving technique improves dramatically when the slopes come a-calling!

Skiers Edge have their new quieter T5 model available in Classic, Big Mountain or World Cup Plyometric Powder (for the racers amongst you)

2. Powerplate

Powertone

It might not look too glamorous, but wobbling about on a powerplate is a great way to get ski fit. Powertone have studios throughout London where you can improve your muscular endurance and develop core strength in just 25 minute sessions meaning you can ski for longer and avoid injuries whilst on the slopes. The Chelsea studio even has ionised air re-creating the effects of mountain air. They also now offer the latest technology in ski training, the reACT Eccentric Training system, offering the very best in stabilisation by a non-impact method. It’s a one stop shop for training for the mountains!

Powertone Chelsea are offering Pure Powder blog readers a free trial class followed by an exclusive 20% discount off your first block of 5, 10 or 15 sessions. Be sure to take advantage of this when they start their ski fitness classes in October quoting purepowder 

3. Barrecorre

Barrecore

We all know core strength is hugely beneficial to staying injury-free on the slopes. This is where trainer to the stars, Niki Rein, realised the disciplines of ballet were a fast effective method to work the muscles for a full body programme. But you can put thoughts of ballet shoes away as Barrecorre uses the ballet barre, resistance training and weights to perform small movements, finding muscles you didn’t even know existed. Having thought of ourselves as pretty fit, we were stunned by the muscles awakened from a Barrecorre class and sure this will improve your ski endurance for next Winter.

Barrecorre are offering Pure Powder blog readers a free trial class worth £28! Please note you must be a new client to Barrecorre to take advantage of this offer. Please contact Barrecorre on 0207 349 7500 and quote the pure powder ski blog

4. Absolute Pilates

Absolute pilates

Pilates is famed for its dynamic strengthening workouts which is why it’s a great tool for your overall fitness helping you develop your core strength, endurance and improving your posture and flexibility. As a fan of pilates reformer classes rather than the boring old, we found Absolute Pilates in Fulham to be the best of its kind with well qualified trainers on hand and helping assist with any injuries you may have. With only 8 spring-loaded reformer beds in the room, there is plenty of guidance and the use of weights, bands and magic circles keeps the interest levels piqued!

Pilates classes start from £24 for 1 hour. However, if you are new to Absolute Pilates you can register free for your first class quoting purepowder

If you have your exercise regime all figured out, then keep that running/cycling/swimming going. However, at least 8 weeks prior to your ski trip, you can start Pure Powder’s ski fitness programme co-created with Craig McLean from the Putney Chiropractic Centre which are a series of stretch and strengthening exercises specifically designed to get skiers ready for the slopes. And with your fitness taken care of, it’s worth spending some time thinking about the right ski equipment and skiwear too. Enjoy!

Please take advice from your doctor before embarking on any new exercise regime.

Posted by: Suzy Small

Top Resorts for your Heli Ski Warm Up in Canada

The Telegraph listed their Top Ten Ski Resorts in Canada, among them was some of our favourites for pre-heli ski warm up.  They are great destinations to try out that famous Canadian powder before you embark on your heli skiing adventure with CMH.   Revelstoke Revelstoke is a small town but is the perfect place […]

Posted by: Georgie Knox

Heli Skiing for First Timers – What are my Options?

Embarking on a heli skiing trip for the first time can be daunting and so we wanted to highlight some options specifically geared towards first time heli skiers. If you are a strong piste skier, have a decent level of fitness and are keen to start skiing in the powder then heli skiing could be […]

Posted by: Charlie Brooksbank

Heli Skiing in Canada: 4 reasons why it’s special

If you’ve ever wondered why 95% of the world’s heli skiing operators are based in Canada check out our 4 reasons why heli skiing in Canada is a must for everyone’s bucket lists. ONE// TERRAIN They say size doesn’t matter, but in the case of heli skiing, Canada’s sheer scale makes it the perfect place […]

Posted by: Zillah Bell

Pure Powder’s Skiing Resort Guide: Silver Star

Location: Located in the stunning Okanagan Valley, Silver Star is British Colombia’s third largest ski and is an unspoiled paradise where you can expect the famous champagne powder we all know and love.  The varied terrain spreads over the 3,282 acres (1,328 hectares) and attracts every kind of skier. Getting there:  Silver Star is extremely […]

Posted by: Zillah Bell

Pure Powder’s Skiing Resort Guide: Sun Peaks

Location:  Having added two new Alpine zones to their ski area in the 2014/2015 season, Sun Peaks has become the second biggest ski area in Canada, behind Whistler.  It is the perfect warm up destination for anyone who is heli skiing at CMH’s Cariboos Lodge. Getting there:  Easily accessible, Sun Peaks is about a 50-minute […]

Posted by: Zillah Bell

How is snow formed?

As skiers we are obsessed with those tiny little flakes falling from the sky – constantly on the lookout for the next powder dump and eagerly awaiting those cold mornings when you wake up to find a white blanket covering everything and the perfect powder skiing conditions! But a question we often ask ourselves is […]

Posted by: Zillah Bell

Do I have to break the bank to go heli skiing in Canada?

Floating through knee-deep powder with only your buddies to keep you company.  A helicopter waiting at the bottom of each run.  Being whisked up to the top of another glorious powder filled peak.  That’s what dreams are made of – but the key question is do you have to break the bank to make making […]

Posted by: Charlie Brooksbank

The Top 5 Heli Ski Lodges in the World

Pure Powder have put together their top five heli ski lodges in the world.   ONE// Deplar Farm, Iceland This first-class, modern lodge, located on Iceland’s Troll Peninsula, is a remote retreat ideal for thrill seeking heli skiers who enjoy the finer things in life.  As well as epic heli ski lines down to the […]

Posted by: Zillah Bell

Pure Powder’s Skiing Resort Guide: Big White

Location: The third largest ski resort in British Columbia, Big White, is sandwiched between the Okanagan Valley and the Monashee Mountain range.  It has a fantastic reputation for its first-rate powder as it receives an average annual snowfall of 750cm. Getting there:  West Jet and Air Canada run daily flights to Kelowna Airport via Calgary […]

Posted by: Zillah Bell

The Ultimate Ski Bucket List – Telegraph October 2016

Canadian Mountain Holidays named one of The Telegraph’s Ultimate Ski Bucket List: ‘The tension of waiting for the weather to break, the expectation as the helicopter rotors begin to spin, the eagle’s eye view of pristine wilderness peaks as you’re flown 
to the drop zone, the deep, dry snow you get to ride… all of […]

Posted by: Zillah Bell

Heli Skiing in Iceland – An Adventure of a Lifetime

The Telegraph have named heli skiing in Iceland one of their 50 adventures of a lifetime. ‘Ski from the mountain peaks down to the sea or fly-fish for salmon in glacial rivers accessed only by helicopters. You’ll be staying at Deplar Farm, the ultimate wilderness retreat located in a remote valley in north-west Iceland, surrounded […]

Posted by: Zillah Bell

Pure Powder Sponsoring London Screening of ‘Ruin and Rose’

Come and join us on Friday 11th November at The Ham Yard Hotel, Central London for an exclusive viewing of MSP Films newest movie “Ruin and Rose”. We are absolutely delighted to be sponsoring “Ruin and Rose” alongside Surefoot London for the second year in a row.  This new 4K HD definition film features jaw-dropping action […]

Posted by: Zillah Bell

Pure Powder’s Top 10 Ski Blogs

Back in November 2010 we blogged about the ‘best ski blogs in the business’ and now, after some extensive research and deliberation we bring you our newest, hottest top 10 list… These blogs are set to bring you the latest news, fashionable destinations and first-rate tips and advice.  They are 100% guaranteed to whet your […]

Posted by: Zillah Bell

Pure Powder’s CMH Heli Skiing UK Tour – October 2016

CMH Heli Skiing Presentations:  For over 35 years,  Pure Powder have been the exclusive UK representatives of CMH Heli Skiing in Canada – the largest heli ski operator in the world.   Each year Pure Powder team up with one of the CMH heli ski mountain guides and set about spreading the love for powder skiing on a […]

Posted by: Zillah Bell

Summer Adventures in Western Canada

When you think of Western Canada you think of winter.  You think of the cold and the rain and the snow.  What you may not realise is that a summer in the mountains of British Columbia and Alberta is like no other, there are so many activities to choose from, and it is breathtakingly beautiful! […]

Posted by: Zillah Bell

Heli Skiing in Chile – 5 Things You Shouldn’t Miss

If you’re missing the snow this summer, fear not – there is plenty of the deep powder skiing to be had in the Southern Hemisphere.  And arguably the best place to ski in summer is the central Chilean Andes; famed for it’s consistent (and big) storms and endless terrain this is explorative heli skiing at […]

Posted by: Zillah Bell

Pure Powder feature in ‘In the Snow’

Heli skiing can seem like an impossible dream to many of us. You’ve seen the glossy magazine pictures, perhaps watched a video, but could you really do it yourself?  Most are happy on the piste, but never really see the “wow” factor of off-piste (which seems more like hard work!), and may never have the […]

Posted by: Charlie Brooksbank

Pure Powder and CMH feature in Fall Line Magazine

Pure Powder and CMH feature twice in April 2015 ski magazine Fall Line.  “Heli-skiing: the ultimate trip of a lifetime.  Fresh lines all day, zero uphill effort, floating through bottomless pow, blah blah blah: sound alright.  Which is why my ski-mad husband and I used the excuse of ‘winter honeymoon’ to book this extravagant and […]

Posted by: Charlie Brooksbank

CMH feature in Fall Line Magazine: A Day in the Life of Doug Dykeman

‘Nobody knows the vast, shreddable terrain of Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH) – which marks 50 years in heli-skiing last winter – better than Alpine’s chief pilot, whose precision landings have delivered trillions of vertical feet of thigh-deep fun’ To get your hands on the gripping article which takes you into ‘a day in the life of… […]

Posted by: Charlie Brooksbank

Pure Powder and CMH Heli Skiing in the FT Weekend Magazine

Pure Powder and CMH Heli Skiing were featured in the 16-page ski special ‘Pink Snow’ article which celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of heli skiing.  We took Tom Robbins with us to Canada in order to uncover what all the hype about skiing with a helicopter is. “It is dark when we turn alongside the Columbia […]

Posted by: Charlie Brooksbank