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Tired legs after a day on the hill are inevitable, and a badge of honor of how hard you skied!

However, the last thing you want is to be SO sore and tired that it affects your skiing and your energy and enjoyment of your ski holiday. Whether you’re a first-time skier or an experienced mountain goat, it’s important to be physically fit for your hols. Skiing will put your endurance and strength to the test, so why not be totally prepared?

How to Keep Ski Fit

We all know you’re not going to get super fit after one day at the gym. Hence why it’s a good idea to ramp up your fitness regimen well in advance of your ski holiday. Don’t waste precious ski time due to sore legs. Here are some exercises you can do at home, to make sure you’re physically prepped by the time you hit the slopes.

Focus on your quads first

Your quadriceps are responsible for keeping you in place whilst you ski and protecting your knees. This makes them one of the most important muscles in skiing. So what can you do to build them up?

  • At home: Squats and lunges are great exercises to strengthen these muscles – which can even be done anywhere. Be sure you keep your back straight and add weight to make it more challenging.
  • At the gym: Using the leg press at the gym is great for targeting the quadriceps – make sure to use a weight that is comfortable (but challenging enough) and not to straighten your legs whilst in use.
  • In the office: Straighten your leg out at 90* whilst sat down and hold it for a few seconds. Repeat this for each leg around 8 to 10 times about 3 times a day. Perfect for the office or if you’re short on time.

Top tip: Too easy? Add some ankle weights.

Next up – hammies & glutes

Your ski instructor is going to tell you to lean forward, which will require some from your glutes and hamstrings. So to keep your balance, it’s important to regularly work these muscles.

Exercises: deadlifts, one leg deadlifts, step up

  • At home: A great way to train your hamstrings at home are Bulgarian split squats, these can be done with the use of a chair or against a wall. It is essentially a lunge but with one foot on the chair (the top of your foot rests on the chair).
  • At the gym: Some great hamstring/glute exercises to complete at the gym include leg curls, a variation of squats and deadlifts (for example Russian deadlifts and weighted hip thrusts).
  • In the office: It’s important to take regular breaks from sitting down when at work, take 5 minutes, once an hour, to stretch your legs and incorporate some body weight squats.

Top tip: If you’re at the gym and not quite sure how to carry out an exercise the correct way, ask the gym staff! The majority of gym workers are gym goers and personal trainers, so take advantage of their free expertise and fitness knowledge on offer.  Remember, everyone has to start somewhere!

Make your thighs burn

Your inner thighs take on the role of keeping your skis together and your outer thighs help keep your body stable and help you steer when out on the slopes. No one wants weak thighs when skiing – take the time to strengthen your muscles & reap the benefits of a more enjoyable ski trip…

Exercises: side lunges, inner and outer pushes on the abductor and adductor machines.

  • At home: You don’t necessarily need a gym for working your thigh muscles! Grab an exercise matt, some ankle weights (if you want to make your workout more challenging) and put the music on. Some of the best floor exercises for working your thighs include single leg circles, Cossack squats and the scissor leg plank.
  • At the gym: Floor and body weight exercises are sometimes all it takes to improve thigh strength, but if you’re keen to take your thigh strength to the next level, be sure to incorporate gym leg machines into your workout. The best machines for inner and outer thighs include hip abductor/extender, seated leg press, and the leg extension machine.
  • In the office: You may not want to take to the floor for some thigh exercises during your lunch break, so why not take a jog instead? Running is proven to reduce thigh fat and strengthen the muscles.
And don’t forget about your calves

As your knees are bent when you are skiing, your calves help you stay upright. Strengthening your calf muscles aids as additional support when out on the slopes.

The best calf-strengthening exercises (that you can do at home, in the gym or at work on your lunch break) include single leg, double leg and seated calf raises. The motion is simple: press down on the balls of your feet to raise your body upward; whilst keeping your core muscles pulled in, you’re bound to feel the burn!

These are the key leg muscles that do the heavy work in your skiing, but keep in mind your core will be working hard, and a certain level of flexibility will definitely benefit you.

Written by Ski Club of Great Britain, the largest and oldest snow sports membership organisation in the UK, they provide expert advice and information to over 28,000 members.

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Let’s face it, most of us aren’t going skiing until next winter rolls around. But nearly a year off the hill can put a damper on your skills and improvement.

Luckily, strong skiing isn’t only about time on the slopes. Yoga, as well as other exercises, can improve your fitness level and benefit you once you put your skis on again. Many professional skiers are now incorporating yoga into their training. They’ve figured out that yoga can improve your strength, flexibility, coordination, and more – all key to skiing.

How you can use yoga in the offseason to improve your skills once you’re back on the slopes.

7 Ways Yoga Can Seriously Improve Your Skiing 1. Strengthen your core

Core strength is needed in every yoga post and is also key to good ski posture. If your core is disengaged whilst skiing, you will tend to fold your upper body and put pressure on your lower back. This can make it more difficult to turn. However, the more you strengthen your core, the easier it will be to keep it engaged while you’re skiing.

Plank, boat pose, and chair pose can all strengthen your core. No idea what we’re talking about? Here’s a handy little guide to core yoga poses.

2. Increase your focus

Both skiing and yoga require a strong focus to execute them in good form. Being able to focus for long periods of time on your yoga mat will inevitably increase your ability to focus on the slopes.

3. Build up your balance

One key factor to skiing is having good balance. The more balance you have on skis, the less you’ll have to actively use your muscles. If you feel like you’re not so hot in the balance department, try some of these standing yoga poses to build it up.

4. Develop your coordination

Both skiing and yoga require you to use all of your muscles in sync. Again, something that doesn’t come naturally for all of us, but something that can easily be improved through a bit of yoga. Figuring out where your arms, shoulders, hips, and legs go in a yoga pose, will make perfecting that ski posture much easier.

5. Get into alignment

A common mistake many skiers make is not being aligned over their feet, but rather, leaning back to far. Yoga focuses on getting into proper alignment in each pose. If you gain awareness of your body’s alignment on the mat, you’ll be able to tap into this when you’re on skis as well.

6. Improve your flexibility

Low temperatures on the mountain can make muscles stiff and slow to react. Developing flexibility beforehand will help your muscles deal with those cold temps.

Through different twists and bends in yoga, you’ll stretch your muscles and increase your range of flexibility. And that fall that could be potentially disastrous will be nothing more than a snowy blunder.

7. Prevent potential injuries

By far, yoga’s biggest benefit to skiing is injury prevention. If you only ski once or twice a year, the intensity of skiing can be a shock to the system. The full practice of yoga will make you a more fit, stronger skier, who is less likely to have an injury on the hill.

Dive into some yoga with these poses for skiers or this yoga for skiers video.

Have you tried yoga? Or do you practice it regularly? We’d love to know if it’s improved your skiing. Let us know in the comments below.

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Each week of winter, we show up at work and meet new people. Whether it’s new clients, coworkers, or friends, we’re continuously meeting people. Which can too often lead to having the same conversation over and over.

But over the years, we’ve improved our conversation skills (chairlift conversations are sometimes the best!) through techniques that you can apply to any situation in life. Here are five simple ways you can easily skip the small talk and always have great conversation.

How to Always Have Great Conversation 1. Be a good listener

Have you ever caught yourself tuned out the person you’re talking to? You’re busy thinking about your relatable story you want to share next. If you notice yourself doing this, stop. People will notice you’re not paying attention. Just listen, and wait your turn to share your story.

The only way we can keep improving as instructors and as a support team is if we truly listen. How can we adapt a lesson or help make your holiday a bit smoother? We wouldn’t be able to do this if we weren’t listening.

2. Ask open-ended questions

The quickest way to make a conversation awkward is to ask a yes or no question.

Ask open-ended questions that inquire about how the other person thinks or feels about something.

If we were only asking yes or no questions we’d have some pretty monotonous chairlift rides…

3. Dig deeper into what they share

Ask question upon question on a topic. Go further into what they’ve shared and the conversation will become more interesting.

If a person mentions they traveled somewhere you’ve never been, ask what their favourite part was? Why was that? Would they go back? Why or why not? You’ll be surprised at how much people are keen to share if you give them the chance.

4. Find common ground

One way to instantly connect with another person is on a common interest. Be genuine about it. If they mention something you’re truly interested in, tell them.

Luckily, we have skiing in common with all of our clients, so that’s an easy place to start. However, you can easily go beyond this. From the same city? Have another hobby in common? Visited the same destination? Like the same music? Get creative and you’ll be able to find something in common with anyone.

5. Don’t immediately share how awesome you are

You probably are awesome, but that doesn’t need to be the first thing you tell others. Don’t worry about selling yourself, people will naturally think you’re awesome as the conversation develops.

So go on, strike up a conversation with someone new. You have five tools in your toolkit to make it meaningful.

We’d love to know if you’ve tried any of these techniques. Let us know in the comments below how they worked for you.

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Did you know you can go summer skiing in Europe on the glaciers? Along with cycling, mountain biking, hiking and all the other activities the Alps have to offer in the summer, you can get your ski fix in as well.

Where to head for Summer Skiing in Europe

Ski resorts open their glaciers for skiing only during the morning. After midday, the snow starts to get slushy, and the sun starts to get hot, so they close the lifts. This leaves your afternoons free to enjoy everything else the resorts have to offer in the summer, which really is one of the biggest appeals of summer skiing in Europe.

Here are some of the best resorts to head to for some summer skiing.

Tignes

Equally famous for its lake in the summer as it is for skiing in the winter, Tignes is a fab option for summer skiing. Ski the Grand Motte’s 20km of pistes, all sitting above 3000m. There are 12 lifts total and have a snowpark as well if that’s what you fancy.

And after you’ve put away your skis, head down to the lake to cool off. Tignes Le Lac is in the heart of the resort and truly is the center of all the action in the summer. If you want to get your adrenaline pumping give the giant slide a go. Or opt for the more laidback activities such as pedalos and kayaking.

Open: Saturday, June 23rd – Sunday, August 5th, 2018

Tignes reopens their glacier again in early October, and you can ski straight through to early May.

Les Deux Alpes

Famous in the summer for its great mountain biking trails, pair that with a morning ski and you’ll have a jam-packed adventure day in Les Deux Alpes. The glacier has 10 runs that sit between 2900m & 3600m. Be sure to lather on the suncream!

In the afternoons head to the pool in resort, test out the summer luge, or give mountain biking a go. The resort has a lovely summer vibe with plenty of shops and restaurants open, but still quiet enough to be relaxing. You can camp at the bottom of the hill if you fancy, where there’s a pool with waterslides nearby – perfect for kids and teens.

Open: Saturday, June 23 – Sunday, August 26, 2018

Saas Fee

This picturesque town is a lovely summer getaway. The Fee Glacier has some of the more challenging pistes compared to the other resorts. You’re also likely to spot some professionals and Olympians here, keeping on top of their skills in the summer months.

We recommend trying via feratta while you’re there, as there are some great routes. And if you enjoy camping, there are a few different campsites down the hill a bit nearby to a river. A really lovely mountain getaway.

The Saas Fee summer season starts a bit later but stays open well into the autumn.

Open: Friday, July 13th – Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

Zermatt

Zermatt is just as stunning the summer as it is in the winter. Think flowers in window baskets lining the pedestrian streets, and a terrace lunch with a view of the Matterhorn. It doesn’t get more picturesque than Zermatt.

Boasting the largest skiable glacier in Europe with 21km of pistes, Zermatt is a no-brainer for a bit of summer skiing. The Theodul Glacier has a freestyle park, and skiing right next to the Matterhorn isn’t too shabby either.

Mountain biking, hiking, climbing, and mountaineering – you name it. Zermatt has summer activities covered.

Open: Zermatt is actually open 365 days – so head there anytime you want!

Top Tip:

Go up first thing in the morning. It takes a while to get to the very top of the mountain and considering they’re only open in the morning, you don’t want to get there too late.

Have you been summer skiing in Europe before? What’d you think of glacier skiing? Share in the comments below.

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The shops have closed for winter, but haven’t yet re-opened their doors for summer. Winter has officially gone but summer hasn’t quite yet arrived.

May is the in-between month in the ski industry, and it’s a natural break to take some downtime. After a jam-packed winter, we’re embracing this lull with a bit of downtime to recharge our batteries.

The Importance of Downtime

There is growing evidence that your brain needs downtime to be creative and successful. And that it’s not about the amount of downtime you have, but how well you use it. Here are some of the ways we make the most of our downtime, and you can too.

Take time to reflect

Sometimes we’re moving so fast, that we forget to reflect on where we’re at. Here at New Gen we always take time in May to reflect on the past season. What went well? What could we do better next season?

It’s important to take stock of where you are so that you can improve going forward. If you’re too busy churning the wheels, you won’t double-check that you’re heading in the right direction. It’s also an opportunity to look back on the things you’ve accomplished, and give yourself a pat on the back.

Get a bit more sleep

A winter filled with skiing, snow shoveling, and cold weather can take its toll. Not to mention the après ski, late evenings, and non-stop powder chasing we embarked on this winter. A winter season inevitably leads to a lack of sleep. So we’re using this time to take a few naps, have some lie-ins, and head to be early.

There are long lists of the benefits of sleep, so hopefully, you don’t need too much convincing. Your boss might not appreciate you turning up late or snoozing in your office in the afternoon, but that’s why we have weekends, right?

Spend some time with your family

Many of us head back home after the lifts shut, and reunite with family members we haven’t seen in a while. We share stories and spend quality time once everything else has paused in life. So spend some of your downtime with your family members. We definitely never regret it.

Plan for what’s coming ahead

While everything is calm, we get together as a team and not only reflect on the past season, but look ahead and start preparing for next winter.

Spend some of your downtime thinking about what’s coming up in life. What do you want to achieve, improve upon, or experience in the coming months or year?

Give yourself permission to do nothing

Do you ever feel guilty for not having a “productive” day? We definitely have. Turn off that voice in your head, and allow yourself to do nothing. The busyness of life can make you think if you’re not “productive”, it’s wasted time. But actually, your brain needs rest to make sense of what it’s recently learned.

Perhaps it’s a walk without your iPhone. Maybe it’s a long, leisurely lunch. Or it’s just sitting on the sofa, doing nothing, absolutely guilt-free.

Life can’t – and shouldn’t – move at 100 miles per minute, 365 days a year. There are natural ebbs and flows to life and it’s important to take advantage of those quieter times.

If you don’t have a natural pause in your year to take some downtime, make time for it. Getting more sleep, going on holiday, and taking regular breaks throughout your day-to-day to give your brain a boost.

Know someone who’s in need of some downtime? We’d love it if you shared this article with them.

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The lifts have shut. Our clients have gone back to life in the UK. Team New Gen has dispersed to their summer locations. And now, we sit back and begin to reflect on the season. 

This time of the year is when we recharge our batteries, and take time to look back on the past winter. What worked? What didn’t? What was amazing? What wasn’t so amazing? Each season is an opportunity to learn, and this year we have 4 things we’ve learned that stick out strongly in our mind.

Top 4 Things We’ve Learned This Season 1. There is such a thing as too much snow

Okay, we said it. We didn’t think we’d ever utter those words, but this winter proved us wrong.

On one hand we are so grateful to have had such a snowy season. Especially after a handful of not-so-snowy winters, it was a much-needed and happy change. But by the time March wrapped up, can you blame us for just wanting a sunny day on the slopes?

Also, the extreme levels of snow and wind led to a resort closures, road closures, resort-implemented curfews, and left people getting stuck on the other side of the mountain. We’re happy to have those insane snow levels behind us – for now at least.

2. There will be life after Brexit

The morning we woke up to news of Brexit, the entire ski industry had a minor major panic attack. No one knew what it meant for the future of our businesses and life in the Alps as we know it.

Nearly two years later, the only thing we know for sure is that skiing and ski holidays will continue to exist post-Brexit. Businesses are going to learn how to navigate and adapt to new laws and regulations that are yet to be known.

But one thing is for sure: we’ll still be here, along with many other companies, providing you the same memorable ski holiday experience you’ve come to know and love.

3. Diversity makes a difference

Since the early days of New Gen, we’ve always placed a huge value on team diversity, which is why we now have 13 different nationalities represented.

Each person brings a little piece of where they come from to New Gen. The variety of worldviews and experiences makes us a more inclusive company, with a diversity of ideas and opinions coming to the table. This means we can offer rich, creative, and exciting experiences to you, our clients

4. Celebrations unite us

As we celebrated 20 years of New Gen this past season, we had the opportunity to connect with a number of people in the New Gen community. We bonded over shared stories from the past years. We got together with old team members, who have since gone on to do other work. We came together to perform 20 Acts of Kindness. We even got to sit down and speak with clients who started skiing with us in 1998 and are still doing so today.

It was a season of celebrations, and it brought the entire New Gen community together over a shared experience.

We know we’ll learn more next year, and that’s the beauty of life isn’t it? Never staying stagnant, always growing and evolving, so that we can be our best selves – and offer the best experience to our clients, partners & team members.

What lessons have you learned this past season? We’d love to hear about them in the comments below.

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This year New Generation turned 20. It was humbling to hit this milestone, and we spent the winter reminiscing via old photos, videos, and sharing memories. We had the opportunity to chat with clients who had skied with us our very first winter – and still are to this day. We reflected on all the lessons we’ve learned over the years, remembering where it all began, and how many people have been a part of the journey.

We wanted to celebrate by doing something a bit different, and we thought it’d be fun to celebrate by giving rather than receiving. So we challenged ourselves to do 20 acts of kindness  in our various resorts and communities, and spread some good vibes.

20 Acts of Kindness

It was a real pleasure to see so many different team members from all different resorts get involved in something that mattered to them.

  • Our La Tania team got involved in the La Tania Family Charity Fete where we ran the hook a duck stand. It was quite the hit with the under 4’s if we do say so ourselves!
  • We raised money for Ski2Freedom Foundation during our Meribel Village Fete, which helps more people access skiing.
  • We also got out our shovels and did a big poop scoop around the Bozel lake at the base of Courchevel. Although one of the less glamorous acts, one that directly impacted our local community.
  • The team in Tignes also got their shovels out, but this was to dig out a refuge that we ski tour to in our Evening Ski Touring option.
  • Various donations were made, meals were cooked, organizations were started, and much more.

Check out the video to get a glimpse of what we got up to.

Thank you to everyone who was a part of our 20th year, and to everyone who has been part of it along the journey. We truly wouldn’t be here without all of you, and it’s a pleasure to round out this season. We look forward to enjoying the mountains with you again over the next 20 years!

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We hosted a #WinterMade competition this season where clients and friends shared a photo of the moment their winter was made. We had some really special pictures entered in the competition and wanted to share some of our favourites.

#WinterMade The moment their winter was ‘made’

Our #WinterMade winner Iona Gibb about to drop into the Grand Couloir.

Entry from Caroline Marlow from her ski holiday in Serre Chevalier.

A super sweet, mini snowboarder entry from Claire Noble.

Mary Lumb and her group of friends went all-out festive during their Christmas ski holiday in La Plagne.

Some super rad kids enjoying their ski hols. Entry from Heidi Fainlight-Tantrum.

Jaye Cowle and her two boys Toby and Owain enjoyed their very first week of ski lessons with Ettore and Zoe in Méribel.

Julia Holloway’s granddaughter enjoyed this wonderful snowy day.

Samuel Akrigg on a ski with his best mate slash alternative neck warmer.

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If you’re up for a good party then Méribel is definitely the resort to be in! One of the liveliest ski resorts in the alps, it’s a firm favourite with British skiers and boarders. Between it’s 20 bars and 3 night clubs, Meribel has enough après to keep you going seven days a week, all hours of the day.

Where to Après in Méribel Après on the slopes in Méribel The Folie Douce

Why not begin your apres on the slopes before skiing down into town? Everyday at 13.30 and 15:30 the now world-famous Folie Douce with it’s sunny outdoor terrace and gorgeous mountain views puts on a show to remember. Choreographed sets from dancers and DJs as well as copious amounts of champagne being sprayed on the crowd keeps the atmosphere electric. The Folie, it’s it’s affectionately called, is firm favourite with table dancing, fun-seeking seasonnaires and holiday makers alike.

Situated at the Saulire mid-station, it’s perfect for access by foot as well.

An afternoon at the Rond Point. Photo from osullivans-pubs.com

The Rond Pont aka The Ronnie

No desecent into Meribel would be complete without an après trip to the Ronnie. Perfectly placed on the final bends of slope that takes you back to Meribel, as well as being on the bus route, this bar is always overflowing with people enjoying the joy of apres ski. Depending on the day of the week you’ll find a mix of local bands and DJs performing on the outside stage. Again, expect dancing on the tables and a buzzing atmosphere.

Après In Meribel Centre

If you manage to make it back into Meribel in one piece, and want to keep the party going, head to one of these many hot spots.

Jack’s Bar

Located near the Chaudanne, Jack’s Bar is a fab option for a few post-ski drinks any day of the week. With and eclectic range of live music Monday through to Friday from 5pm as well as a happy hour deals from 4pm, you don’t want to miss out this Meribel favourite. Jack’s has also introduced comedy nights with some of the UK’s leading comics bringing a new dimension to the apres scene.

La Taverne aka La Tav

La Tav is situated in central Méribel, opposite the New Gen shop. And things kick off a bit later in this traditional looking pub. From 10pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays stick around to hear to hear everything from dub and reggae to deep house and soulful funk. While you’re there, be sure to try the infamous Méribel Caliente – a shot of rum accompanied by a shot of espresso.

Copina

Brand new this season, Copina is a tapas and pinxos bar specialising in world wines, craft beer and cocktails. It’s small size gives it an intimate atmosphere and it’s the perfect place for a calm and relaxed vibe after a day on the slopes.

Photo from Lodge du Village Facebook page.

Lodge du Village (LDV)

Ski down to blue piste Golf into Meribel Village and you can reward your efforts with a drink at Lodge du Village. This local watering hole has an array of local bands and DJs on throughout the week. Tuesdays and Thursdays are the days to be here with live music kicking off from 4pm. If you find all that dancing around has worked up an appetite, then head downstairs to the restaurant La Terrasse du Village where you’ll find a delicious menu and a sun-filled terrace.

The Doran Pub

The Doron Pub is the oldest bar in Meribel and due its central location, it’s busy every night of the week. Early on in the evening it’s pretty relaxed with people playing pool and watching extreme skiing on tv however from 10pm -1.30am it gets pretty wild with seasonaires and holiday makes busting out the moves to live bands and DJs.

O’Sullivans

If youFor those that want to party until the early hours this is the place for you. Just outside meribel center in Mussillon, it’s open till 5am and a mix of local and international DJs will keep you dancing until dawn.

Which is your favourite spot to après in Méribel?

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