Test Your Skier Smarts



Skiers should aim for a lunch that is:


high in carbohydrates and low in fat to boost blood-sugar levels.

b. .

a mix of carbohydrates and protein.

c. .

high in protein for sustained energy.

d. .

Lunch? Who thinks about lunch on a powder day?

2. To avoid knee injuries:
a. maintain a rhythmic up-and-down motion in and out of turns.
b. avoid fully flexing your knees.
c. keep skis far apart to maintain control.
d. lean far backward when falling to prevent a forward spill.

3. We all know sun protection on the mountain is essential. Exactly how much UV radiation is reflected from the dry powder characteristic of Western skiing?
a. 25-30 percent
b. 40-50 percent
c. 65-75 percent
d. 85-90 percent

4. Your pre-skiing warm-up routine should consist of:
a. 10 minutes of quick, bouncing stretches to warm up your muscles.
b. walking a few laps around the parking lot.
c. slow, static stretching of all major muscle groups.
d. an hour of yoga in the morning before you leave to promote both flexibility and inner peace.

4. Once you’ve packed up your skis for the winter, your best bet for off-season training is:
a. watching Warren Miller videos, with a bag of cheese puffs in one hand and a beer in the other.
b. an hour of moderate aerobic exercise three times a week to keep lungs in prime condition.
c. strength training, focusing mainly on legs to strengthen quad muscles.
d. a workout consisting of both cardio and weight training.

6. To avoid the fatigue, dizziness, nausea and shortness of breath that signal altitude sickness:
a. ski harder; sweating it out is your best bet, as you’ll acclimate yourself by staying active.
b. drink plenty of water and avoid caffeine and alcohol.
c. rest your body in the weeks before your trip.
d. constantly gain and lose elevation during the day.

7. The best way to keep your feet warm in below-zero temperatures is:
a. layer; the more socks, the better.
b. make sure your socks are made of a natural material like cotton.
c. wear only one pair of socks made of synthetic material.
d. wear pant cuffs outside the boots, not inside.

8. Always yield to:
a. skiers uphill.
b. skiers downhill.
c. skiers downhill only when you’re merging onto a trail.
d. skiers who seem out of control.

9. You can get your pass revoked for:
a. skiing out of control.
b. forging someone else’s season pass.
c. skiing on a closed trail.
d. skiing terrain above your ability level.

10. What percentage of body heat is lost through the head?
a. 20 percent
b. 40 percent
c. 60 percent
d. 80 percent