In four weeks, the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation will open the ski mountain to eager skiers and snowboarders who are ready for Steamboat’s famous Champagne Powder® snow and another epic year. Last season, 489 inches of snow fell on the mountain and if the 2008-2009 ski season is anything like the 2007-2008 season, I know I need to start getting in shape now! At the local fitness studio I go to in town, the mentality is “think snow.” Everyone is getting prepared to hit the ground running by participating in classes that focus on ski conditioning. The ski conditioning classes are a little more than what I usually like for an after work workout but I have been taking some Pilates and spin classes so hopefully I will be ready too.

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