You just spent the day soaring down the mountain, floating through a foot of fresh powder, carving quick turns, and tackling moguls. Your body is pleasantly exhausted and your muscles are tight, so here is a great sequence of stretches to do after a day of skiing or riding to relieve soreness.
Sure, Tinseltown tots have fun in the LA sun with year-round access to beautiful beaches, but sometimes it's more fun to trade in the bathing suit for snow pants and head to the mountains for some old-fashioned fun in the snow. From snowball fights and ski school to baby's first sleigh ride, we've rounded up our favorite pictures of celebrity families enjoying the snow.
Skiing requires much more than just the right gear. This killer full-body workout requires plenty of balance, agility, and strength. If you're lucky enough to live near the slopes or you're jet-setting to a snowy getaway, move through each of these exercises that work double time by toning your tush and building your balance. Both will help you out on all your Winter-sport adventures.
Plank Booty Leg LiftsPlank booty leg lifts are an alternative for working out your tush and the back of your thighs that also challenge your balance.
- Lie on your belly on an exercise ball and walk your hands out so the ball is underneath your shins. Your hands should be underneath your shoulders.
- Draw your navel toward your spine to engage your abs, which will help keep your spine straight and your body stabilized.
- Lift your right leg up into the air, then slowly lower it back toward the ball, but don't let it touch. This counts as one repetition. Keep your pelvis level throughout your reps.
- Complete three sets of 10 to 12 reps with the right leg, and then repeat with the left.
Lying Hamstring CurlFinding stability in your core is integral when you're skiing or snowboarding. It's also essential in this glute- and hamstring-toning move.
- Start by lying flat on your back with an exercise ball under your heels. Bridge your hips up and hold that position through the entire exercise.
- Flex your feet and dig your heels into the ball. Place your arms straight out to your side for support — don't use them, though; they are just for support.
- Slowly roll the ball toward your body as you curl your heels. Keep your hips in the bridge position; don't thrust them toward the ceiling as you do the move.
- Then slowly return to the start position (straight legs, hips bridged) to complete one rep.
- Do three sets of 10-15.
Keep reading for one more exercise that builds balance and tones your tush.
Use your smartphone to take your ski trip to new heights (literally) this Winter. Perfect for skiers and snowboarders of all levels, we found six apps that cover everything from tracking trail conditions to perfecting the basic powder turn. When all is said and done, you can further review your entire day: speed, vertical, and calories included. Click through and start downloading with these apps, and you'll never be left in the cold again!
The weather outside is frightful, and for many, that means one thing: a Winter weekend skiing or snowboarding in the mountains. Stay warm and comfortable without sacrificing style with these fashionable picks for any snow bunny!
Downhill skiing is a blast, but if you're not in the mood to race against frigid winds or stand in long lift lines, try cross-country skiing this Winter. It may not be speedy, but cross-country skiing will tone your upper and lower body, give you a great cardio workout and burning almost 500 calories in one hour!
Like snowshoeing, cross-country is more social than downhill skiing, because conversations aren't limited to time on the lift. As you slush along snow-covered trails, you can chat while taking in the breathtaking scenery. Plus, no expensive lift ticket is needed. You might even find cross-country more comfortable than downhill skiing because the boots are more flexible and the skis lightweight. Ready to get started? Here are some tips for newbies.
- First, find some cross-country trails. Some downhill-ski resorts have groomed trails, but also check out nature centers or parks where you hike in the Summer. You might have to pay a fee (around $15 to $30) to use the grounds. Don't be shy about asking the staff to point you toward the easier trails.
- Rent boots, skis, and poles at the place where you're skiing, but if this isn't possible, then rent equipment the day before from a gear store; rentals are about $15 a day.
- Definitely head out with someone who has cross-country skiing experience, or take a lesson to learn the basic techniques for moving, slowing down, stopping, and climbing up hills.
Keep reading for more beginner cross-country ski tips.
If your family's holiday travel plans include time on the slopes, then you want your kids' souvenirs to be those of lift tickets and cool photos, as opposed to the bump, break, or bruise variety. To ensure a safe and fun trip for all, gear up before you go. Safety gear has come a long way, and it's easier than ever to find helmets, pads, and ski apparel that your little ones will actually want to wear. Here are our head-to-toe recommendations for safe and injury-proof shredding this season.
If skiing and boarding are in your family's Winter repertoire, you won't want to miss the new collaboration between Disney Pixar and Burton Snowboards. A new collection of tot-size gear and snowboards features Disney Pixar fave Toy Story, and it couldn't be much cuter. Your little shredders will love the limited-edition Burton Chopper boards featuring Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and other fan favorites from the Toy Story family.
Click through to preview the collection, and perhaps cross a few gifts off of your holiday shopping list!