A great goal early season is to work your way up to non-stop runs. You could even go the extra mile and shoot for top-to-bottom runs. Here are a couple of tips that can help you achieve this goal.
- Work up to it. Start out small. Pick a lift where the trails are shorter. Start out by saying you are only going to stop 3 times on the trail. Then stop 2 times. Then stop once. Then go non-stop. From here, you can work your way up to a lift that has a longer run or even a top-to-bottom run. Do the same thing on the longer lift. Stop only 3 times on the way down. Then 2 times. Then stop only once. Then go non-stop.
- Breathe. Many racers use a technique where they inhale through their nose and exhale through their mouth. Take deeper breaths, especially if you are at altitude. This will pump oxygen to your legs.
- Make a medium sized turn. It is still early season so you will want to keep your turns more down the fall line. However, if you made quick, short turns, you would tire quickly. Shoot for a slightly bigger short turn or a smaller medium turn. This will help you stop less and go more.
- Hydrate. Drink water and fluids, especially at altitude. Take a drink of water right before your non-stop or top-to-bottom run. You will be thirsty when you arrive at the base!
- Repeat. Once you have worked your way up to a non-stop run, try a top-to-bottom. Once those become too easy (they never really are) and you want to challenge yourself, see how many you can make in a day or before your legs say, “no more!”
Follow these simple tips and enjoy your non-stop run, maybe even top-to-bottom! Remember to stay safe and always follow Your Responsibility Code.