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The Last Plateau: Smooth and Steady (Fitness)

To change the way you perform on the mountain, you must reprogram your body to move in new ways. And the more you’ve done it the old way, the harder you have to work—both physically and mentally—to adapt to the new. These dryland drills will not only boost your strength, stability and mobility, they’ll also train your neuromuscular system for efficient technique that’s flowing, not forced.

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The Last Plateau: Power Through Edging (Fitness)

Part of being a great skier is knowing you can always get better. The key isn’t just to build strength or speed, but rather to fine-tune the base you’ve already built, pushing for greater angles, quicker movements, more flexibility and increased stability. Use these exercises to develop the speed, stability and range of motion necessary for counterbalancing and putting your skis on edge early in the turn.

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The Vonn Plan

World Cup champ and U.S. Ski Team sweetheart Lindsey Vonn is no pushover. Here's her hardcore, winning workout routine.

Power Through Edging

The Last Plateau: Power Through Edging (Skiing)

Ask 10 people why they turn on skis, and nine will tell you it’s to control speed. They’re not necessarily wrong. Most skiers—even really good ones—turn to thwart the forces pulling them down the mountain. But the best skiers use their turns to generate power. The higher your skis’ edge angles, the tighter an arc they’ll carve. The tighter and more precise the arc, the more momentum you’ll generate throughout your turn. Your power output depends on your ability to keep your skis on edge throughout a turn and to minimize the time you spend on a flat, disengaged ski.

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The Fitness Emergency Plan

So, it’s two weeks untill your big-vert ski vacation and you’ve done squat. Salvage your vacation with this express-lane workout plan to hone four crucial aspects of ski fitness. Your quads will thank you.