Finally, the resorts are starting to open. Park City Mountain Resort opened November 23rd, with great coverage and snow. Canyons is scheduled to open on the 29th, and Deer Valley on December 7th. The season is here!

Ski season starts tomorrow

Park City guests and residents woke on several mornings to a dusting and even a blanket of fresh snow, falling like thick confetti from above. It served to make each of us ask our inner snowrider: Am I ready for the mountain?

Skiing and snowboarding are vigorous sports. They can, and do, take a toll on your body. A recent article in the July issue of Outside Magazine,  pointed out that the easiest way to get in shape for the ski season is to already be in shape; an obvious, but too often neglected solution to those first day blues.

You know the feeling; a beautiful ride up the lift on your first day, looking around at tempting fields of white which fill your entire body with anticipation. However, after that first run, your ankles, thighs and lungs feel as though they’re fire. The lunch break finds you in the lodge, your quads trembling, and by the end of the day you’re wondering if you can even walk to the parking lot!

That first day at any of Park City’s three resorts can be bittersweet, if you’re not ready for riding the mountain.

If your muscles aren’t yet ready, here’s a quick way to get in good enough shape to have fun on the Park City, Deer Valley or Canyons ski runs. A great last-minute ’emergency’ shape up is by bike, on a snow/ice-free road or trail, every day for at least one week. Ride up hills that are hard enough to force you to stand in the saddle. Pedal and ride as hard as you can, until your legs are burning and you’re gasping for air.

That offers a fast, but temporary shape up to get you through a day or a weekend of skiing or snowboarding with minimal pain.

If you live in or near Park City and want a quick and thorough shape-up for the season, which will also minimize your risk of injury, go to one of the Park City fitness establishments.

PC MARC – The Park City Municipal Athletic & Recreation Center (PC MARC) opened in December of 2011 after an extensive renovation. This City-owned facility offers the most current recreational amenities for all ages and fitness levels. Open seven days a week to residents and visitors, this 85,000 square foot facility is a community gathering place. The MARC is staffed with certified tennis, fitness and recreation professionals to provide you and your family a quality experience

Silver Mountain Sports Club and Spa – Silver Mountain Sports Club & Spa offers personal training and fitness classes in dedicated Yoga, Pilates, Spinning & weight rooms, salon services, on-site child care, lap pools, saunas & steam rooms and a racquetball court . A safe, positive environment with friendly, professional staff to help Park City locals and visitors achieve health and wellness goals.

But if  you want to get and keep fit without joining a gym, or if you don’t live in Park City, we  recommend you follow Former Olympian Summer Sanders Schlopy on MSN Healthy living (include actual link). She will show you how to “find your fitness“. summer

Summer will introduce you to the latest new workouts, such as Piloxing, Surfset, Mauy Thai, the Caveman Workout and more. Her enthusiasm for a healthy lifestyle is infectious and makes getting in shape fun and exciting.

Now is the time to invest in your body if you are planning a Park City ski vacation. The Sundance Film Festival in early January is a great time to visit Park City. The snow is at its peak, and the slopes are nearly empty, because everyone in town is busy making deals and watching films. You may even see a movie star or two on those nearly-empty slopes!