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3/13/09 10:29 A

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I loved Brighton and consider it my home ski area away from home.

Brighton had tons of great terrain that was easily accessible and I didn't feel like I was lost in too much stuff. If you get there and want to take a lesson, see if you can get Deb, the ski school director, she was amazing.

The Canyons were fun to see, but I'm not sure I got my $100 bucks worth. I'd hit Snowbasin instead if given a choice of the larger areas.

Holy canoli am I jealous. I just got a little sick thinking that you guys were getting to ski there and my season is just about over.

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3/13/09 9:05 A

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Mary,
It depends what you are looking for in Utah. Anything in Park City will be pretty posh but also a bit more pricey on food and such. It can also get crowded - though late March shouldn't be too bad.

Powder Mountain up in my neck of the woods (near Ogden) is a great well kept secret- good off trail skiing if you like that sort of stuff. My local is Snowbasin. It's the sight of the 2002 downhill Olympics. Since the Olympics were there it's a bit posh- I say they have the most beautiful restrooms of any ski reseort anywhere - LOL! Near Alta and Snowbird I would say try Brighton as well. Brighton has night skiing at good rates. Also if you haven't check out skiutah.com for some deals. Another place to get good deals on lift tickets is Canyon Sports. They have shops on the way to Solitude, Brighton, Alta, and Park City. Check them out on canyonsports.com

I hope you have an awesome trip and enjoy 'the greatest snow on earth' (ok I'm not too much of a bigot am I emoticon )

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3/12/09 5:56 P

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My husband called - they will allow the ski bag or snowboard bag as your 1 checked luggage. And yes, it has to be under 50 lbs. I have already shipped my skis, and my daughter's skis out. My daughter being there with us will be a complete surprise to my husband (his birthday is 3/20). We have Mad River Glen in Vermont that doesn't allow snowboards. Boo and shame on them! Anyways, I guess we'll be skiing Snowbird the entire time, unless we decide to take a drive to another nearby area. Any ideas? Solitude? Canyons? Park City? Any recommendations? Any tips for getting discount lift tickets? My first time in Utah.

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3/9/09 11:32 A

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Be sure to look at the airline's website for ski bags... NWA considers a ski bag PLUS a boot bag as one piece of luggage. The site indicated that the 2 combined needed to weigh 50lbs or under, but I just didn't put the bags on the scale until after I had paid my $15 1 piece of checked luggage fee.

Something to consider!

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3/9/09 10:44 A

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I do weight training all year round. Mostly I am trying to keep my knee up to snuff.

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3/9/09 10:42 A

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They must be among the last holdouts in the country then... it seems like *everyone* has opened to boarders.

Maybe I shouldn't ask this because it will put a curse on my snow, but what kind of training do y'all do in the off-season?

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3/9/09 9:31 A

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Mary,
No snowboarders are allowed on Alta or Deer Valley. You can't get in with a board.

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3/9/09 8:05 A

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Rachael, please explain what you meant when you said you try to respect the boarders in your family. Are you saying Alta does not allow snowboarders? Eek - my husband boards.
I have already noticed a difference in my endurance since I've started doing lunges and squats. I ran a little longer and faster yesterday.
I think I spoke too soon - we have just had a full weekend of rain, which is so terrible for the ski resort's base. I hear that it's snowing in VT though and that is where we mostly ski. My skis are already enroute to Utah though. The airport is charging $15 for your first checked bag and $25 for your second! I don't know how I'm going to get everything packed in just one bag and a carry on. My daughter, who lives in South Texas, is going on this trip with us, but my husband doesn't know it - we're surprising him. I have to pack my ski clothes as well as hers. I shipped out both pairs of skis and also her boots. Pricey!

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3/8/09 11:43 P

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Our season is dying here already with over a week of weather in the 30s and 40s. Next weekend might be it for my home hill and then one last weekend up north at Lutsen Mountains at the end of the month and I'm done.

Starting to panic really.

Back to the topic though, I'm SUPER stoked to hear that the leg work outs are effective and you guys are noticing a difference!

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3/8/09 9:37 P

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My ski area will go till about the 3rd week of April. Eek, that's only 6 more weeks!

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Mary,
I'm less than 2 hours from Alta and I never go- is that horrible or what?! My husband and youngest son are boarders so I try to respect them- though I love Deer Valley. Snowbasin, where I have a season pass closes mid April because it is a nature refuge and we have to get off the slopes so the animals can do their spring thing emoticon

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3/7/09 7:20 P

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I usually get in a lot of spring skiing. I'll get a week in Snowbird/Alta, and then plan to ski the 29th at Okemo or Mt Snow. We usually ski at least until April 15th. Killington used to stay open until June, but they don't anymore. Most places close mid-April around here. I love skiing when it's warm out and the snow becomes loose and corn-like. But if I'm not already in good shape by then, I might as well forget it. It takes strong legs.

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Mary,
How much more skiing do you expect to get? I'm hoping for 3 more weeks but it's getting warm emoticon

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3/7/09 6:07 P

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I started yesterday adding in lunges and squats to whatever other exercise I do. That should help to keep my legs ski-worthy.

Mary

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3/4/09 8:31 A

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And actually, as I was riding my bike yesterday, I realized that the squats and lunges have helped with *that*. So do the squats and lunges!

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Congrats Christine - ain't that a great feeling though? I was out of commission for 6 weeks because of a malfunctioning chairlift at Okemo, Vt. I had to start over and really felt out of shape. Now I'm desperately trying to get back in shape before I leave for Snowbird/Alta in a few weeks - St Pat's Day to be exact. You've made me realize I have to keep up with the lunges and squats, which I hate doing.
The exercises you hate most are usually the ones you need the most!!!!!

Mary

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Okay, y'all... I want to report back that I've been doing the squats and lunges pretty faithfully, and I kicked my dh's ass around the slopes in terms of stamina on Sunday (we had a kid-free day and could really put our legs to the test). He hasn't been doing the squats and lunges. I skied all day without a break, no noodle legs for me. Yea!

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Those are great exercises for legs. I usually find the best exercise for getting in shape for skiing is skiing - LOL! It's true though. After the 2nd or 3rd time out, I'm good. But I always do lunges and squats. One of my firm videos puts a 2x4 under the heels during squats with weights. I never bothered to get a 2x4, but I also never thought about using a towel. Thanks for that tip!

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There are a few good exercises for skiing. Have you ever tried elevating heels while doing squats?
You can put a towel or a mat 1-2 inches under the heels, toes are on the ground. When you squat down make sure that your knees don’t go over your toes. Also, you can try to lean to the right and left (putting more weight on one leg) as you squat down.
You can try one leg squats…You can do it on a ground or you can step on a bench with one leg hanging to the side. This also helps with balance.
If you have a balance ball available... you can do a “Single Leg Hamstring Flexion with Ball”. There is a demo on the spark website.
I usually spend about 20- 30 minutes a day strength training just for legs. So, if you want more exercise ideas for legs let me know.
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There was an exercise we had to do with the boot camp that was a squat hop. Look for that video, it is good for calves. Also, you should try chocolate, it tastes better than boogers emoticon

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1/10/09 11:50 A

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AWESOME! Thanks! I will be doing those! (And where did you make your avatar?)

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I found this article and have been incorporating the exercises and stretches into my weekly routines.

Good luck! www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
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Thanks for the tip. For whatever dumb reason, I have avoided doing lunges. I think I'll check out the fitness demos--I see that there are a *ton* of lunge variations in there.

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I hate them - but lunges are the the best I have found. Great for thighs, hamstrings. I also do hip flexor stretches before and after skiing.

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Just wondering what everyone's favorites for being in shape to ski are. I do wall squats every day (don't like to feel my thighs burning when I'm heading down the hill). Any recs?

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