Not everyone can have the kind of life where you can give yourself over completely to your winter sport of choice, but everyone can take the opportunity to train at the same facilities as world class athletes. Many of the most popular New Hampshire destinations for alpine and cross country skiing are also used by professional and amateur athletes to hone their skills. If you know where to go, you can take your holiday as an opportunity to focus on your own skill sets. Maybe you won’t win the world championship, but you may eventually take to the slope competitions on your vacations and come back home a winner.
The Ski Pro and the Ski School
A surprising amount of people seem to forget that while children may seem to learn more easily (and break less easily), it is adults that can get the most out of a lesson because they have better context, discipline and control. Many of the local businesses around the slopes in New Hampshire offer private and group lessons to help you master new techniques and equipment. This can seem like a less fun way to spend the day with your new skies, but 3 hours with a ski pro is going to let you take to a higher level of slope and control your experience than just showing up and learning while you fly down. Many of the local ski schools also offer guided tours that can take you from location to location and introduce you to the wide range of grooming finishes. The grooming of a trail is essential to the speed and style of the sport. This is why the South Peak trails of Loon Mountain are so popular with expert skiers and professional skiers; they are groomed for competitive skiing.
The training facilities and competitive courses
Cannon Mountain and Loon Mountain are in the news frequently because of the annual competitions held there in numerous sports. When those competitions are not happening, most of the competitive courses and training courses are open to the public. This is an excellent way to take your skills up a notch. By experiencing a world class half pipe trail or mogul trail you get the time and practice in to be able to handle anything. One thing you should do is talk to one of the local experts and see if you need to upgrade your bindings or other pieces of your gear through our gear shop to make sure your equipment can handle the stress of a professional run.
Getting in shape for it all
Having the gear and the will is only half of the preparation needed to take on the professional trails in New Hampshire. It pays to prepare a few weeks in advance of your vacation to make sure that you will be able to handle the intensity of going out and hitting the trails every day, and be able to breathe while doing it. Most of the New Hampshire peaks and trails are well above 2500 feet in elevation with ones like Cannon Mountain reaching well past 4000 feet. The higher you go, the less oxygen there is to breathe. This doesn’t just lead to headaches and light headedness, but you lose your fitness level and stamina as well. Rather than have that happen there are a few tricks to adjusting to high altitude fast so you don’t lose any time on your vacation.
If your goal is to use your winter outdoor vacation in New Hampshire as a way to take advantage of the same training slopes and facilities used by world class athletes, you had better check to make sure that none of them will be competing there during your stay. Nothing would be worse than planning to ski Ripsaw at Loon Mountain only to find it closed the whole time for a professional competition. You want to make sure that the slopes and trails you want are available. Then find your lodging and make arrangements to get at least one session in with an expert to give you some tips and directions on what to work on in your skill set to make sure you get the most out of your time.