Lessons from the Canadian Alpine Ski Team

May 24, 2011

There are times when we’re all reminded that we’re not quite the smart-arse we thought we were.  This happened to me last week.  It’s in part unsettling, but overall it’s an exciting reminder that there’s plenty more to learn.

A couple of my clients ski seriously.  Not professionally, but seriously enough to include extreme off-piste and Heli-skiing amongst their hobbies.  They train regularly with me and the brief is to improve ski specific conditioning.  These guys are in pretty decent shape; reasonable body fat levels, a solid foundation of strength, adequate mobility and a good base of conditioning.  Training was going pretty well.  But we hadn’t gotten it quite right.

We wanted to take the ski-specific training to the next level.  I can wax lyrical about the theory, but I’ve never been one or worked with skiers. So I set about finding the best in the field and seeing what the do (as has been my ethos since dot).  Enter Matt Price, Director of Sports Science for the Canadian Alpine Ski Team.

Matts a top bloke.  Knowledgeable and open to sharing his approach, one that he uses with a group of the most elite skiers on the planet.  Turns out I was doing some solid stuff; but I’d missed some fundamental points.

Anyway, here’s some area’s I’m now looking at (some again) as part of a revised program:

Now let’s see where the next sixteen weeks or so takes us……


  1. Edoardo Mercadante - June 11, 2011 at 9:10 am -

    I also very much look forward to see the results. Edoardo

    • jeanclaude - June 16, 2011 at 4:50 pm -

      No doubt you are feeling the benefits already Edoardo. Met a guy yesterday in LA who trains the US junior ski team and have his contact details also. Should give us some more stuff to look at.

      • Maja - May 23, 2012 at 1:59 am -

        well, unless you play sropts three to four times a week, you’ll need to add some good ol’ fashioned exercises in there. however, i’ll give you ideas where you don’t need a gym. the pushup best overall strength exercise imosquats/lunges impt for skiing, add weight if you canplank/side plank look it up to see a picturepull ups if you can find a bar or ledge, use it (alot). don’t worry if you can’t do even one, then challenge yourself by hanging for as long as you can.adding muscle will help you lose fat since it raises your metabolic rate. start humbly, then try to add more repetitions to your previous best. make it fun, and it will be.