You probably never thought what kind of shape you need to be in to take skiing seriously. There are a lot of factors that go into skiing that make it unlike any other sport. First, there is the cold. Your body performs better when it is at a certain operating temperature, and snow is not really helpful to keeping your muscles warm. This increases the potential for lowered performance and even injuries. That is just the first reason why I participate in D1 sports training to help me be the best I can be.
I have been on skis since shortly after I started walking. I had to grow into my first set of skis. They are as natural on my feet as shoes are. However, I needed to learn a lot in order to be the best skier I could be in order to compete and win at events. I started with local competitions at the ski resort where I have a season pass. Then I got interested in maybe making a run for the Olympics. Skiing presents all kinds of challenges including the lower oxygen levels of the mountain air, and even the high possibility of ACL injuries. You can tear up your knees in a split second and be permanently out of the game. Those skis on my feet can pop off in a fall, but your downhill speed and the forces being put on your knees just in a normal run can wreck you over time if you do not train the right way.
When I first got started, a fall was not bad because I was going slow and the impact felt better on my body than it did when I hit the pavement wearing roller skates. However, that snow pack is hard and can bust you up. I remember seeing the skier on the ABC Sports intro from years ago who was killed while attempting a jump. Who would of thought skiing could be rougher than the NFL?