“People make it a special place”: a professional freerider about preparing for the season and the best places for skiing

On the first day in the big mountains after a long off-season, you feel ridiculous and uncomfortable. Surviving this "day of shame" helps fit. She needs to be supported year-round, regardless of plans for the season. I pay attention to the endurance and explosive power , this is necessary for freeride. For skiers squats on one leg, a trampoline, jumping with weighting, lunges forward and to the side work well.

Sometimes you can practice on SkyTecS28ort simulators (ski and snowboard simulators, which work out specific movements. - Approx. Ed. ). You can sit down with a “pistol” 15 times - which means you are ready to go on a slope.

I haven’t had problems with ligaments for 25 years of skiing. Only once did the meniscus suffer in lavina , but I don’t even remember about it.

“People make it a special place”: a professional freerider about preparing for the season and the best places for skiing

Photo: Oksana Plyushko

Good fitness will help beginners learn to ski faster. The instructor usually does not ask if a person is involved in sports - this can be seen right away.

My workouts are simple: in the summer - a bicycle, mainly downhill, and hiking in the mountains.

Every summer I plan to go in for water skiing, but in the end I rarely get out. Now a new trend has been set by the guys from the Im80er62al brand with their wakesk121 (the only hybrid in the world of water skis, you can ride them both in water and in snow. - Approx. Ed. ), this is definitely the best preparation for the winter season in summer.

It’s also useful to watch films about skiing. They are very inspiring and set up for great skating.

My favorite places are wild mountains, where you can fly by helicopter (heli-ski) or come on foot (ski tour). I like to ride in Arkhyz, Krasnaya Polyana , in Kamchatka, Siberian Mamaia, Elbrus, Abkhazia, Georgia, Dolomites . I have not been to Canada, Chile and New Zealand, but they say that there is also excellent heli-skiing.

Rosa Khutor and Alpika - my first and favorite mountains, home spot for the last 15 years. Here I spent most of my time, there are many friends and there is fluffy snow.

“People make it a special place”: a professional freerider about preparing for the season and the best places for skiing

Photo: Oksana Plyushko

After the Olympics, there were much more people, but I found another Polyana. Then six meters of snow fell on the peaks, and all the "tops" were open for avalanches, rescuers, guides, pro-riders. Together we “cut” avalanches, rolled out the “top”.

Only prepared riders went beyond the limits of the tracks. We rode to Mzymta (a river that originates on the slopes of the Main Caucasian Range and flows through Krasnaya Polyana to the Black Sea. - Ed.) before the March holidays . Now, with the same precipitation, 3-3.

5 meters of snow falls, the rest goes into the rain.

Before Polyana became a very popular resort, there were fewer avalanche emergencies and more freedom. Such is the paradox.

I love him for the architecture of the pistes and the resort, everything fits perfectly into the relief. In Courchevel there is a large ski area - 600 km of tracks on three valleys, many opportunities for freeriding, good service, cool party.

The resort is in stunningly beautiful places. The resort management itself is skiing and knows what the service should be like.

“People make it a special place”: a professional freerider about preparing for the season and the best places for skiing

Photo: Oksana Plyushko

I have been to different alpine resorts and the North Caucasus many times, but I’ll call Mamai my third favorite location. This place is the soul of freeriding. There is no resort, no lifts and electricity.

Mamai - these are wild mountains, primeval winter huts, lack of communication, songs with a guitar, kilometers of pristine powder and most importantly - only good people. Strong in spirit, solid, but kind Siberians with a wide soul. The same amount of snow is in Priiskovy and Sheregesh in the first hour after the snowfall. But a similar atmosphere I have not seen anywhere else. A special place is made by people.

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