What are the most common injuries for beginner skiers and how they can be avoided?

As a physiotherapist running a busy sports injury clinic in Chamonix Mont-Blanc for almost ten years, I have seen thousands of injuries and I would like to help you avoid becoming another statistic. These stats and years of experience have directed us to work really hard on giving good advice to our patients and creating our app-based Pre-habilitation prevention programs to reduce the risk of injury. So what are the most common injuries that we see with beginner skiers?  Knees and shoulders account for 80%. They Continue reading →

Leaving your Ski Fitness to the last minute!

No matter whether you’re a hard core off piste powder hound, a piste plougher, or you’ve just signed up for the vin chaud and apero hour, we all know that we should get fit for skiing!  Maybe we’ll even manage a few of the exercises that we see in the magazines, a wall squat here and there or some single leg dips and hops, but is all lost if you don’t get around to it until 2 weeks before? We asked Neil Maclean-Martin, the sports Continue reading →

Tips for a kid-happy Ski Holiday

We all enjoy the moment it’s time to get the suitcase out of the cupboard and start packing for our highly anticipated holiday. However, for families heading off for a ski holiday, the packing process is essential for ensuring that there aren’t any tears during the holiday (and it’s not the kids tears I’m talking about!) Pre-kids our skiing holidays were very different, most involved epic days on the hill followed by après-ski and a good soak in the bath. With kids our days are Continue reading →

How to download and play our SkiFit programme

Website, iPhone, Android, iPad, Tablet There are no more excuses! no matter how you connect there is a simple way to download and play our SkiFit programme 1. Website access – a low annual subscription payment of just £9.99 gives you access to not only our SkiFit programme but all the BeFitApps programmes (SkiFit, BikeFit, RunFit, TriFit) on any internet connected device via the BeFitApps website. 2. iPhone and iPad – visit the App store or iTunes to buy and download our SkiFit app to your apple device. Continue reading →

Why get SkiFit now?

I appreciate that August has just ended and we’ve just returned from our lovely Summer holidays, however for us skiers it’s now time to start asking some serious questions … How many days is it until we go skiing? How much snow will there be this year? Where are my ski socks? When do the lifts open? A ‘Onesie’ or two piece ski suit? For many skiers and snowboarders it’s a long wait, however it’s also the perfect time to begin getting your legs ‘SkiFit’ and Continue reading →

Obligatory Equipment Lists, Top Tip #1 Adhesive bandage

The town of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc is welcoming ultra-runners from around the World, registered in one of the most demanding ultra-trail running events you can find – the UTMB (Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc)  events include: UTMB (Chamonix-Courmayeur-Chamonix) 171km, 10,000 mt+ TDS (Courmayeur-Chamonix) 119km, 7,200 mt+ CCC (Courmayeur-Champez-Chamonix) 101km, 6,100 mt+ OCC (Orsieres-Chamonix) 56km, 3,500 mt+ PTL (Chamonix-Chamonix) 2901km, 26,500 mt+ Like the majority of endurance races, runners have to carry an obligatory list of equipment  and for some it could be the first time they’ve carried or Continue reading →

Lazy Core and Bad Posture?

We have all heard about the importance of ‘good posture’ and maintaining a ‘strong core’! It’s similar to the weekly allowance of alcohol in units, we know it’s important but many choose to ignore the guidelines. Perhaps you have recently been treated by a physiotherapist who gave you exercises to strengthen your core, went along to a Pilates or Yoga class where the instructor mentioned again and again the importance of activating and maintaining a strong core which will lead to good posture, well quit Continue reading →

How to train like a World Cup downhill skier

If you want to get psyched for skiing and training for skiing we suggest watching the ski documentary called “Streif” currently viewable on Redbull.tv. This is the story of the legendary Kitzbühel World Cup downhill event in 2013 and follows the 12 month build up of four of the competitors. Several sequences provide a fascinating and daunting insight into the incredible training routines endured by these athletes as part of their preparation. You may think that Neil Maclean-Martin is a sadist when you are following Continue reading →

5 Alternative Christmas Gifts for a Snowboarder

Firstly don’t buy anything that a skier might like. Unless the person you’re buying for is both a skier and snowboarder (small percentage) then keep presents specific to the sport or you’ll end up with an unhappy friend. Down trousers After a hard day’s riding, what better way to relax and warm up than in these ‘down trousers’ from Patagonia made with recycling down. At the time of writing I couldn’t find the women’s version, which is probably good because I’d live in them every day Continue reading →

5 Alternative Gift Ideas for the Skier this Christmas

If you’re a skier already then you’ll probably own most of the gear and kit needed for a great ski holiday. However, every year as Christmas approaches we ask ourselves “what do you buy the Skier in your family for Christmas?” Here are a few ‘off-piste’ ideas for you to consider …. Cuff links Who wouldn’t want to be reminded that you’re going skiing soon, or indeed the fun times enjoyed during your last snowsports holiday. These cuff links are a great stocking filler – Continue reading →