The heart and lungs are the engine that drive your body and will keep you going all day on the slopes at altitude. Try and start at least six weeks before the start of the course and you’ll notice a big difference when you head out.
If you can improve your cardiovascular system it will help to improve your skiing stamina. The best way to improve aerobic fitness – exercise using oxygen – is to train for a longer period of time at a manageable pace. Cycling, running, rowing or stepping for 20 minutes three times a week will provide a solid base.
But skiing is also an anaerobic sport – where you don’t use oxygen for short, fast bursts.
Hitting the treadmill pays benefits on the slopes. On your way down you’re often working harder than the amount of oxygen you can breathe in, before resting on a lift and doing it all over again.
So interval training – short bursts of exercise followed by a rest period and then repeated – can also help increase your all-round fitness.