If you didn’t leave your couch all summer, you’re going to have a rough time on the slopes this year. We got with Mountain Athlete’s Rob Shaul and freeskier Hadley Hammer to give a get-fit-quick workout. Starting with 3 sets per exercise, try this workout three times a week right up until you’re skiing. For best results, work your way up to 6 sets with one active day of rest in between.
The drive up to Valle Nevado climbs more than 8.000 feet through hairpin turns. You pass farms with wild horses, mimosa trees, cactus bushes… until eventually, there’s nothing surrounding you but dark, cold rock. We arrived in Valle Nevado just as a snow storm was blowing in! See more videos at ski-bums.org/gallery
“"The mountains are calling and I must go," naturalist John Muir famously wrote back in the 19th century. And while he set off to create and protect one of today’s most famous wilderness parks, Yosemite, all of that time spent in the mountains may have also led him to happiness and health. From Mount McKinley to the Matterhorn, snow-capped peaks and foggy summits have a lot more to offer than breathtaking views.