On the North Shore we are blessed with abundant outdoor recreation opportunities. Getting up into the snow is a great way to
make the most of the winter season. Ensuring a great time in the snow, though, does require a bit of preparation. We went to a key
authority on winter fun, Grouse Mountain’s Snow School and Attractions Director, Toby Barrett, to get the inside scoop on how to
prepare to make the most of what is expected to be a big snow winter.
While fitness is great for general health, skiers, snowboarders and
snowshoers must have good foundational fitness to enjoy a day on the
mountain and to avoid aches, pain or injury. Grouse Mountain’s Toby
Barrett suggests starting your fitness regime 6-8 weeks ahead of getting
on the snow and has identified three main areas to focus on: flexibility, core
strength, and strength to support key joints (especially knees and hips).