Everybody from Peloton to NordicTrack to Apple now offers some semblance of an online exercise class, giving clients the opportunity to train with a professional while using their treadmills, exercise bikes or rowing machines at home.
They’re all great ways to get yourself in the proper level of fitness before you hit the slopes. But while none of the aforementioned offers any ski-specific classes, there are many ski coaches available elsewhere online who can do for your skiing technique what a physical trainer might do for your physical stamina.
“The typical online coaching customer is looking for a more efficient path to improvement,” said Klaus Mair, an Austrian Level 3 ski instructor who offers online skiing analysis at his website, sofaski.com. “The analysis should give them the master plan, which always includes practice and hard work, which they then can do with their coach.”
Mair worked for the Mammoth Mountain Snow Sports School and found that he loved the ability to work with so many motivated students. “I worked hard on making my lessons more efficient and on improving the results from my students,” he said. “While in Austria, you would ski with the same client for a week; here I sometimes taught three, two-hour lessons a day. I taught the same lessons over and over and made little adjustments to improve them.”