This book offers readers a fitness programme specifically designed
for the rigours of skiing. The book begins with an overview of the most
common injuries that skiers suffer, plus a look at what areas of
fitness you need to focus on in order to get the most out of your
skiing - strength, CV fitness and flexibility.
The book has two sections, one aimed at those new to skiing and one
aimed at the more advanced skier. Both sections will include programmes
to be undertaken in the months and weeks leading up to the skiing trip,
but there will also be year round programmes that can be incorporated
into the reader's regular exercise programme, offering year round
During the mid-1800s, inhabitants of frontier mining communities in the Sierra and Rocky mountains used skis for many practical reasons, including mail and supply delivery, hunting, and railroad repair. In some towns skis were so common that, according to one California newspaper, "the ladies do nearly all their shopping and visiting on them."
But it was Norwegian immigrants in the Midwest, clinging to their homeland traditions, who first organized the skisport. Through the founding of local clubs and the National Ski Association, this ethnic group dominated American skiing until the 1930s.
At this time, a wave of German immigrants infused America with the ethos of what we today call Alpine skiing. This type of skiing became increasingly popular, especially in the East among wealthy collegians committed to the romantic pursuit of the "strenuous life." Ski clubs proliferated in towns and on college campuses and specialized resorts cropped up from New England to California. At the same time, skiing became mechanized with tows and lifts, and the blossoming equipment and fashion industries made a business of the sport.
On the eve of World War II, as the book concludes its story, all the elements were in place for the explosion in recreational and competitive skiing that erupted after 1945.