Queenstown snow is here!
Picture this, waking up in your warm hotel room and opening the curtains to the incredible views over Lake Wakitipu and snow covered mountains. Your heart pumps with excitement to get to one of Queenstown’s many slopes. But what needs to happen to ensure you are in peak preparation for Queenstown snow?
Here are our insider’s tips to ensure you maximise your time on the slopes.
Hit the Gym
If you’re coming straight from the office to the slopes then weekend ski and snowboard trips could leave you with strained muscles and a sore back. But with the right preparation, including strengthening your hamstrings, quadriceps, back and core, you won’t have to risk injury or suffer from the usual aches and pains. Here are five exercises that will get you into the right shape.
- Toy Soldiers
Stand up straight with your arms by your side. Without bending your knee raise your right leg in front of you and simultaeously extend your left arm in front of you touching your toes. Complete three sets of 10 to 12 reps on each side.
Stand facing a box and place your right foot on the flat surface. Step your left leg up to your right, using the muscles in the right leg to propel you. Step down with your left leg, then your right. Complete three sets of 10 to 12 reps and then switch legs.
- Medicine Ball Hamstring Curl
Lie on your back, with your legs extended and your feet resting on top of a medicine ball. Using your leg and core strength, draw the ball in until your knees are bent. Hold this position before returning to the starting position. Repeat for three sets of 10 to 12 reps.
- Planks and Side Planks
Balancing on your forearms in a push-up position, use the strength of your abdominals and glutes to keep your hips raised to shoulder height. Experiment with side planks also by turning on to your side and balancing on one arm and one leg. Complete three sets of 30 to 60 second holds.
Lie on your stomach, slowly lift your arms and upper body, keeping your neck neutral. At the same time, lift your legs, keeping your ankles close together. Hold for a few seconds before relaxing. Complete three sets of 30 to 60 second holds.
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With Air New Zealand’s new night flights to Queenstown starting at the end of May you can finish work on the Friday and be back home by Sunday evening, making a weekend ski trip to Queenstown so much more accessible. Start planning your ski trip now with our great value ski packages.
Sort out Your Equipment
Browns Ski shop has been an institution in Queenstown since 1980. Its passionate and experienced team will have you kitted out in no time. Poorly maintained skis or snowboards are often difficult to turn and hard to use, yet that’s what most people ski on every day.
All tuning work is completed overnight and they even offer a pick-up and delivery service from most of the major hotels in Queenstown. If you don’t have your own equipment, you can make use of their comprehensive rental service which is open July to Sept, 7 days a week.
You’ll see an array of styles and colours on the mountain, check out the latest fashions and some of New Zealand’s top retailers. Spending the months leading up to your trip getting excited about your outfit will ensure not only style on the mountain but comfort. Bold and bright colours are going to be big again in 2016. My favourite brands are Burton and Volcom, which balance functional freedom of movement with all important style.
The Met Service Snow Weather app is New Zealand’s favourite ski field forecast. Detailed projections, snow falls and webcams will have you prepared in advance for your holiday. Trace Snow, free on Android and iOS is a fantastic ski and snowboarding tracking app. Users can view a summary of statistics of their day after hitting the slopes.
Skiing and snowboarding are fantastic fun but these activities do carry some risk. Having the correct attitude on the mountain is important. This starts with becoming familiar with the many safety tips that all slopes provide for their customers. We also recommend taking a good SPF sunscreen and lip balm up the mountain with you.
Most importantly, make sure you start planning your trip well in advance to ensure everything is perfect!
When you feel that you are prepared for the Queenstown snow, don’t forget to look into some of the other great attractions that Queenstown has to offer. Of course, there is the all important apres ski scene too which is an essential part of the experience. Why not try Onsen Hot Pools to relax those aching muscles, or kick back by the fire at Crowne Plaza Queenstown and enjoy some of their signature white mulled wine in the threesixty lounge bar?
Why stay at Crowne Plaza Queenstown?
- Be at the centre of it all, walking distance to shopping, bars and restaurants
- Incredible views of lake Wakatipu
- Spacious rooms with private balconies
- Complimentary, unlimited in-room Wi-Fi for IHG Rewards Club members
- Secure and heated ski storage area
- Hearty breakfasts
- Up to the minute snow reports
- Ski pass sales and in-hotel ski rental services
- Dedicated activity concierge
- In-room massage options
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